Publisher: Virago Press. Country: U.K. Date: 1982- .
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 same territory.
by Isabella L Bird. With a new introduction by Pat Barr.
Virago Press, 1985 (Virago Travellers). xxii, 547 pages. Map; many photographic illustrations.
"In January 1896, at the age of 64, the indomitable Isabella Bird set off to explore the Yangtze River and the lonely mountain region of north-west China. A veteran of twenty years travel in America, Asia and the Near East, it was her last great adventure, but one as full of drama and spectacle as anything that had gone before. Eschewing the leisure enjoyed by England's expatriate community in Shanghai, she was thrilled and occasionally aghast at what she found in the little-known land which lay beyond. Travelling alone by riverboat and basket chair, she made her way almost to the Tibetan border, staying in inns and mission stations, observing with fascination the landscape and customs of the people, surviving the terror of a lynching mob, the hostitily of officials who would block her path and the perils of snow storms at 12,000 feet. -- Publisher's summary
VIRAGO TRAVELLERS (VIRAGO PRESS)
Series Note: "1982:* Virago Travellers series is launched with A Ladys Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird and Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley. A highly successful series, it reprinted the extraordinary stories of the journeys of some of the greatest travellers including Gertrude Bell, Emily Eden, Lucie Duff Gordon, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu."
-- The History of Virago
[* This series was launched in 1982, not in 1986 as claimed on the Virago website.]
Arranged alphabetically by title
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird. 1982.
China to Me by Emily Hahn
The Cruel Way by Ella Maillart
Death's Other Kingdom by Gamel Woolsey
The Desert and the Sown: The Syrian Adventures of the Female Lawrence of Arabia by Gertrude Bell
Farewell Spain by Kate O'Brien
The Gobi Desert by Mildred Cable
High Albania by M. E. Durham
In The Vine Country by E. OE. Somerville
Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan : including a summer in the Upper Karun region and a visit to the Nestorian rayahs. Vols. I, II by Isabella L. Bird
Letters from Egypt by Lucie Duff Gordon
The London Journal of Flora Tristan by Flora Tristan
My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Néel
North-west by North by Dora Birtles
The Passionate Nomad: The Diary of Isabelle Eberhardt by Isabelle Eberhardt
Peregrinations of a Pariah 1833-1834 by Flora Tristan
Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
Station Life in New Zealand by Lady Barker
Through Connemara in a Governess Cart by E. OE. Somerville
Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley. 1982.
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan by Isabella L. Bird
Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys: A Midsummer Ramble in the Dolomites by Amelia B. Edwards
Up the Country; Letters From India by Emily Eden
The Virago Book of Women Travellers by Mary Morris
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Yangtze Valley and Beyond by Isabella L. Bird. 1985.
Travels in West Africa: Congo Français, Corisco and Cameroons by Mary Kingsley
London: Virago Press, 1982 (Virago Travellers)
then co-published with: Boston: Beacon Press, 1988 (Virago/Beacon Travelers) (Beacon Paperbacks, 780)
Publisher description: "The witty and highly readable classic about African culture by one of the most intrepid adventurers."