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One of the most famous and adventurous women travellers crossing the Yangtze valley:
first edition of her travel account, lavishly illustrated with her own photographs

BISHOP-BIRD, Isabella Lucy.
The Yangtze Valley and beyond. An account of journeys in China, chiefly in the province of Sze Chuan and among the Man-tze of the Somo territory.
London, John Murray, 1899 (colophon: Plymouth, William Brendon and son, printers). Large 8vo. With a large folding coloured lithographed map of the Yangtze Basin showing the route of Isabella Bird and 116 half-tone photographic illustrations printed on the integral leaves, including the frontispiece of which 73 are full-page with captions below. Early 20th-century red calf. XV, [1 blank], 557, [1] pp.
€ 375
First edition of a travel account by the 19th-century British explorer, writer, photographer and naturalist Isabella Lucy Bird (married name Bishop, 1831-1904), of her last big journey through the Yantze valley in China, especially in the province Szechuan. Bird was the first woman to be elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1892, a British learned society for the advancement of geographical sciences, and also became member of the Royal Photographic Society in 1897.
Birds extensive account provides the reader, especially in 1899, with an interesting insight in the Chinese culture from the perspective of one of the bravest, most adventurous and especially most important women travellers.
The book was originally part of the collection of Roland van den Berg (1930-2019), a Dutch sinologist and diplomat. Binding a little worn, but overall in good condition. Cordier, Bibl. Sinica I, p. 355; not in Howgego; Lust.
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