Hosie, Alexander: THREE YEARS IN WESTERN CHINA. A Narrative of Three Journeys in Ssu-Ch'uan, Kuei-chow and Yun-nan. London, 1897. xxvii, 302 pp. Frontispiece. Index. 22x15 cm. Cloth.
Second edition revised and enlarged. An early travelogue based on Mr. Hosie's residence as British Consul in Chongqing from 1881 to 1884. The book opens with a description of his journey up the Yangtze in 1881 to take up his post. He subsequently made three extensive and arduous journeys around Southwest China in 1882, 1883 and 1884. The area was little-known to the British at the time. His trips provided fascinating information on the area, its geography, flora and fauna, culture, towns and minority peoples. In addition, the trips provided much useful information to the British Foreign Office, given nearby British colonial interests in Burma and India. Five of the black-and-white plates show views of the Yangtze, including the Gorges. The large folding map: 'Sketch Map of South Western China' far from being a sketch map contains much detail on Hosie's routes and the geography of the areas visited.
Covers worn with some tape repairs. A little loose in binding with tape repairs for this. But a decent reading copy.
Item 328 in List 203.
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