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1. Among the Tibetans
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2. The Yangtze Valley and beyond;
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3. Korea and her neighbors; a narrative
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4. Notes on old Edinburgh
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5. The Hawaiian archipelago; six
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6. Unbeaten tracks in Japan: an account
 
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7. Chinese pictures: notes on photographs
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8. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan:
 
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9. Unbeaten tracks in Japan: an account
 
10. Six months among the palm groves,
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11. A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains
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12. A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains
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13. The golden Chersonese and the
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14. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan:
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15. Unbeaten tracks in Japan; an account
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16. A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains
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17. The Hawaiian archipelago: six
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18. A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains
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19. The Englishwoman in America
 
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20. A lady's life in the Rocky mountains

1. Among the Tibetans
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
 Paperback: 164 Pages (2010-09-08)
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Asin: 1171719523
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Bird (1831-1904) recounts her rugged passage through the Himalayas by horseback and her four-month sojourn amid "the pleasantest of people." Bird's evocative accounts of Tibetan ceremonies, decorations, costumes, and music, along with her vivid descriptions of palaces, temples, and monasteries, offer rare glimpses of a vanished world. 21 black-and-white illustrations.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Look at Hawaii at the Turn of the Last Century
Isabella Bird's travel writing is a wonderful look at the world at the turn of the last century. Her writing is fluid and clear and her insights into people and places are gentile but pointed. In this travelogue we travel with her through uncomfortable steamer voyages, interactions with other travelers and exposure to practices and culture endemic to Hawaii at that time. She introduces us to the flora, fauna and food she encounters as well as the variety of people she meets.

3-0 out of 5 stars Left Out in the Cold in Tibet
I was somewhat disappointed in this book. Certainly, the noble Ms. Bird had made this remarkable journey (and many others) in a time (the late 1800s) when 'women didn't do such things'. For that I applaud her spirit and determination.
While interesting, in my opinion, most of the book comes across as fairly uninspired. She seems unable to share the sense of wonder one must feel when in the presence of such dramatic physical geography. Her description of the local citizenry is, to my mind, also fairly unimaginative. While her narrative is certainly straight forward and no doubt accurate, it seems she never really 'gets into it'.
There are several moments in the story when we are given an insight into Ms. Bird's character and we see her as an enormously resilient and self-reliant person. There are also interesting glimpses of her Victorian roots as portrayed in her comments regarding local Tibetan customs and habits.
All in all, I would recommend this book but I would caution the reader not to expect 'Lost Horizons'.
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2. 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
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 394 Pages (2010-07-30)
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Asin: 1176508776
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The Yangtze Valley and Beyond, first published in 1899, contains the account by the redoubtable Isabella Bird (now Mrs J. F. Bishop) of a journey through central China in 1896-1897. The volume focuses on her travels though the province of Szechuan and among the Man-tze of the Somo territory. Many of the areas she explored and carefully described were almost unknown to European visitors and had not been mentioned in any earlier English publications. The volume is based on journal letters and the diary written during her journey, and it is generously illustrated with photographs and Chinese drawings. Bishop's work was warmly received in England and praised especially for the information included on agriculture and industry. The Geographical Journal heralded the work as 'undoubtedly one of the most important contributions to English literature on that country'. It remains a key source for late nineteenth-century British perceptions of China. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A lone woman traveler in China
Intrepid is the adjective that best applies to Isabella Bird.She was one of the best known travel writers of the Victorian era.She suffered from an odd probably psychosomatic disease that made her an invalid at home in Scotland -- but plant her down in China, Colorado, or Japan and give her a difficult and dangerous road to travel and she is as hardy as a bristlecone pine.

This book is about a journey Ms. Bird made about 1897 from the mouth of the Yangtze River to the Sichuan basin and the borders of Tibet.She did most of it as a solo female, accompanied only by Chinese bearers and servants, and traveling by mule, boat, foot, sedan chair, and about every other means of transport.She was more than 60 years old at the time and suffered from rheumatism.

Ms. Bird is a demon for detail and she comments on a vast range of topics during the course of her travels -- and she seems to know what she is talking about, unlike many travel writers whose accounts are embroidered and exaggerated.With Bird you have confidence that she's telling you the truth, quaint though some of her views may be.

The most interesting part of the book, in my opinion, are Ms. Bird's difficulties with Chinese officials and the public.She was beaned in the head with a rock on one occasion, which caused a "brain disturbance" that lasted a year; Chinese frequently refused to sell her food or give her shelter and officials tried to intimidate and discourage her at every opportunity.But Isabella Bird was undaunted, crossing 11,000 feet passes, weathering snowstorms, hunger, and hardship and recording her experiences in amazing detail.The book is nearly 600 pages long.

Isabella Bird's travel books are travel classics. Read this or any of her books to get a tale of exotic adventures in foreign lands -- and to wonder why this respectable female was so addicted to tramping around the world.

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3. Korea and her neighbors; a narrative of travel, with an account of the recent vicissitudes and present position of the country
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 550 Pages (2010-08-17)
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Asin: 1177312115
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


4. Notes on old Edinburgh
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 34 Pages (2010-09-04)
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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. ... Read more


5. The Hawaiian archipelago; six months amongst palm groves, coral reefs, and volcanoes of the Sandwich Islands
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 344 Pages (2010-08-28)
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PREFACE. WRITTEN IN the last century the Hawaiian islands have been the topic of various works of merit, and some explanation of the reasons which have led me to enter upon the same subject is necessary. I was travelling for health, when circumstances induced me to land on the group, and the benefit which I derived from the climate tempted me to remain for nearly seven months. During that time the necessity of leading a life of open air and exercise as a means of recovery, led me to travel on horseback to and fro through the islands, exploring the interior, ascending the highest mountains, visiting the active volcanoes and remote regions which are known to few even of the residents, living among the natives, and otherwise seeing Hawaiian life in all its phases. At the close of my visit, my Hawaiian friends urged me strongly to publish my impressions and experiences, on the ground that the best books already existing, besides being old, treat chiefly of aboriginal cu

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CONTENTS ; ?; INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER; LETTER I; Auckland-The Mail Steamer Nevada-A South Sea Hurricane-; PAGB; I; The South Pacific Doldrums-The Tropic of Cancer 5; LETTER II; First Impressions of Honolulu - Tropical V egetation-The N uuanu; Pali- Female Equestrianism-The Hawaiian Hotel-Paradise; in the Pacific-Mosquitos 13; LETTER III; An Oahu Sabbath-A State Pageant-An Abrupt Departure-InterIsland; Travelling-llaui - Contradictory Statements- Windward; Hawaii-A Polynesian Paradise-Hilo Fascinations 26; LETTER IV; Beauties of lIilo·-Palms and Bananas-My First Hawaiian Ride-; Hilo Visiting-The Rev Titus Coan 39; LETTER V; Our Equipment for the Volcano--Riding "cavalier fashion"Ypn-; The Volcano Road-Light in the Darkness-The Crater; of Kilauea-The House of Pele-The Crater House 45; LETTER VI; "Too much chief eat up people "-Lomi·Lomi ... Read more


6. Unbeaten tracks in Japan: an account of travels in the interior, including visits to the aborigines of Yezo and the shrine of Nikkô
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 374 Pages (2010-09-03)
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7. Chinese pictures: notes on photographs made in China
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
 Paperback: 134 Pages (2010-09-08)
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Originally published in 1900?. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. ... Read more


8. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan: including a summer in the Upper Karun region and a visit to the Nestorian rayahs
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 404 Pages (2010-08-23)
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General Books publication date: 2009Original publication date: 1891Original Publisher: J. MurraySubjects: IranKurdistanHistory / Middle East / GeneralTravel / GeneralTravel / Essays ... Read more


9. Unbeaten tracks in Japan: an account of travels in the interior including visits to the aborigines of Yezo and the shrine of Nikko
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
 Paperback: 364 Pages (2010-09-08)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The intrepid explorer recounts her 1878 excursion by pack horse, rickshaw, and foot into the back country of the Far East. In poignant, vivid letters, Bird describes the vicissitudes of her journey — the difficulties as well as the excitement and rewards. 40 of Bird's own sketches and photographs illustrate her captivating stories.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Of interest to Japanophiles
Been working on this 19th century travelogue off and on for a few months now. Mostly because the description is largely as tedious as a quarterly meeting. If you can wade through the endless descriptions of "jungle" and "savages", there are some interesting insights into life in a Japan just on the cusp of modernization (Isabella Bird traveled there in 1878). But only
if you've got a vested interest in Japan and the Japanese countryside in particular, like myself. You can buy it if you want to, but I wouldn't.

Of interest to a certain streak of Japanophile only.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intrepid back country traveler
Isabella Bird was the first Western white woman to visit the more remote regions of Japan. She did so - as usual, in her travels - with merely a local guide and appropriate travel/camping gear. Her writings offer a fascinating glimpse into local life in Japan in the mid-late 1800s. She was an intrepid traveler, an astute observer of the human and the cultural, and very much a woman of her era - although open-minded for her times, many of her cultural assumptions and societal standards come through between the lines. But it is an altogether delightful read. This and her other books are compilations of letters she wrote home to her sister, who was also her very good friend: reading this, you can "be there" with her on her travels, just as she must have intended her sister to be. Highly recommended for anyone interested in a close look at a foreign culture, in Japan, and/or in great travel writing.

4-0 out of 5 stars unexpected japan
Bird provides a view of Japan that was unknown to outsiders in that day, and is little known to us today.The scenes she descibes of the interior of Japan would scarecly entice today's traveler; whichmakes her adventures all the more intriguing. Her extensive knowledge of history and botany enhances the drama; however,had sheincuded a glossary of terms, as well as the common names of flora it would have sped my reading as I had to repeatedly refer to dictionaries and botanic references.Her ethnocentrism is revealed as she describes the natives of the area; a pracctice that would be frowned upon today. Never-the-less I look forward to reading more of her works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Isabella Bird, Woman of Great Courage
This is one of the great travel books of all time.First of all it is an adventure. This English woman decided, for some strange reason of health, in 1878 to go to Japan and travel from Tokyo to the island of Hokkaido, roughly 500 miles as the crow flys but much longer by her route. She went "off the beaten track" where Westerners, men or women had never been before. Japan had been opened up to the West only 10 years before her journey.Word of her coming to a village (on horseback) caused such excitement that people that wanted a better view caused the roof of a building to collapse.Changing into night clothes was an ordeal because people would poke holes in the screens to watch her every move.Then there was the bugs and the rain storms and the rivers, etc., etc. It was well written and a joy to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 19th Century Woman
This book is actually a series of letters written in the 1870's by Isabella Bird, an intrepid Scotswoman,to her sister. Japan had "opened" to the west only some 10 years earlier and she was determined to visit the "untoured" areas of inland Japan, off the beaten track. I wondered to myself how many hordes of Western tourists had there already been to Japan at that time? What makes this book so interesting is twofold. First of all she describes peasant and village life in areas which were quite poor and did not conform to the picture of Japanese life in the cities of Tokyo or Kyoto at that time or now. As was true for Europe at the same period, there were huge differences in the standards of living between the different classes and between town and village. Her descriptions of the Ainu were especially vivid and interesting. The other aspect is Isabella Bird herself. She traveled by pack horse, cow, rickshaw and on foot via mountain tracks and fording countless rivers. She slept in flea infested Ryokan and endured being stared at endlessly. For weeks at a time she could speak only to her servant/interpreter since she did not know Japanese. Recommended for those with an interest in Japan or good travel writing. ... Read more


10. Six months among the palm groves, coral reefs, & volcanoes of the Sandwich Islands.
by Isabella L. (1831-1904). BIRD
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11. A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 360 Pages (2010-08-02)
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12. A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 336 Pages (2010-08-27)
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13. The golden Chersonese and the way thither
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 430 Pages (2010-08-28)
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Publisher: J. MurrayPublication date: 1883Subjects: Malay PeninsulaChinaMalayaHistory / Asia / GeneralHistory / Asia / ChinaHistory / Asia / Southeast AsiaTravel / GeneralTravel / Asia / GeneralTravel / Asia / ChinaTravel / Asia / SoutheastTravel / Essays ... Read more


14. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan: including a summer in the Upper Karun region and a visit to the Nestorian Rayahs; with portrait, maps and illustrations
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 414 Pages (2010-08-03)
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15. Unbeaten tracks in Japan; an account of travels in the interior including visits to the aborigines of Yezo and the shrine of Nikkô
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 374 Pages (2010-08-29)
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16. A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 360 Pages (2010-08-03)
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17. The Hawaiian archipelago: six months among the palm groves, coral reefs, and volcanoes of the Sandwich Islands
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 374 Pages (2010-07-30)
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18. A lady's life in the Rocky Mountains
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 326 Pages (2010-08-03)
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19. The Englishwoman in America
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
Paperback: 514 Pages (2010-08-28)
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20. A lady's life in the Rocky mountains
by Isabella L. 1831-1904 Bird
 Paperback: 334 Pages (2010-09-10)
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