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Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel by Raymond Howgego Hordern House Rare Books, 2013, 543 pages, $149 The publication of this, the fifth volume in Raymond Howgego’s monumental Encyclopedia of Exploration, rounds off one of the most remarkable publication ventures to have taken place in Australia. It is also an event that, for a time, did not seem likely to occur. For when the fourth volume of the Encyclopedia was published, in 2008, Howgego’s reviewer in the Times Literary Supplement, the distinguished writer on exploration Felipe Fernández-Armesto, noted the author had stated his work was complete and…

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