Freya Stark was the kind of woman who had to see for herself. RIDING TO THE TIGRIS is her story of a horseback trek across the high Turkish plateau and on to the Tigris River. She traveled alone (except for muleteers, provided by the Turkish government). Her chance companions, a young schoolmaster and his violin, a jester with his mad son, and an occasional police escort--spring to life in her vivid prose. A PEAK IN DARIEN brings together a number of her essays and travel meditations. They are "an explorer's gathering of what portable luggage one can legitimately take from Age's point of departure." And no one has more fascinating and diverse luggage to choose from than Freya Stark.