The Yangtze Valley and Beyond
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This new edition features over 100 of the original photographs, including some previously unpublished.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.