Beautiful – Isabella Bird: A Photographic Journal of Travels Through China 1894-1896

This is a beautiful coffee table book of the photos taken by the great traveller Isabella Bird during her three years of travelling in China from 1894 to 1896.

Bird was an intrepid traveller. She travelled alone. She made a living writing travel narratives.

Her love for the Chinese people shone brightly in her narrative and photos. The images captured by her are of an age long-gone. Her photos of the Yangtze river are among the best. A photo that stands out is that of an opium addict of 20 years. Opium is called foreign smoke by the Chinese then. {p 94}.

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