Author(s): Isabella Lucy Bird
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.
Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was born in England and became one of the most famous travel writers of the 19th century. After a childhood marred by illness, she was encouraged by her physician to travel. With 100 pounds given to her by her clergyman father, Bird explored Canada and the United States. During her travels, she wrote to her sister about her experiences and drew on that material for her first book. Later, Bird journeyed to Japan, China, Tibet, and Korea. Her discerning observations have been entertaining readers for over a century.