The Yangtze Val­ley and Be­yond

Timeless Travels Magazine - - BRITAIN -

Is­abella Bird Fo­lio So­ci­ety Pub­lished: 2018 Price: £75.00

Is­abella Bird was the most re­mark­able fe­male trav­eller of the 19th cen­tury, and her sub­se­quent travel books have be­come clas­sics of the genre. Famed for ex­tra­or­di­nary jour­neys which would be im­pres­sive even by to­day’s stan­dards, her ex­pe­di­tions cul­mi­nated, aged 65, in her seven-month solo ex­plo­ration along the Yangtze river in China in 1896. Jour­ney­ing from Shang­hai to Somo, Bird com­pleted much of the ex­pe­di­tion in a tra­di­tional junk, shar­ing the same hard­ships that be­set her hired crew: hunger, cold and lone­li­ness. Her no-holds­barred ac­count of this ground­break­ing voy­age re­mains un­sur­passed to this day.

This new edi­tion fea­tures over 100 of the orig­i­nal pho­to­graphs, in­clud­ing some pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished. The se­lec­tion was sourced from the archives of orig­i­nal pic­tures, plates and lan­tern slides held by the Royal Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety and Na­tional Li­brary of Scot­land. The orig­i­nal map chart­ing Bird’s route across the Yangtze basin has also been beau­ti­fully re­pro­duced in a larger, fold-out scale at the rear of the book.

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