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A Naturalist in Western China with Vasculum, Camera and Gun

A Naturalist in Western China with Vasculum, Camera and Gun
Being Some Account of Eleven Years' Travel
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  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108030472

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  • Ernest Henry Wilson (1876–1930) was introduced to China in 1899 when, as a promising young botanist, he was sent there by horticulturalist Henry Veitch (1840–1924) to collect the seed of the handkerchief tree, Davidia involucrata, for propagation in Britain. Subsequent trips saw Wilson bringing back hundreds of seed samples and plant collections, introducing many Chinese plants to Europe and North America. He wrote extensively about his travels in China: this two-volume work was published in 1913. Although much of the text is concerned with plant life, Wilson also gives a great deal of attention to the wider landscape around him. In addition, Wilson took a camera, and these volumes contain photographs of parts of China rarely seen by Europeans in the early twentieth century. In Volume 1 he discusses his journey through China and in Volume 2 describes the Chinese use of plants in medicine and agriculture.

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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108030472
    • dimensions: 324 x 250 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • contains: 101 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Introduction Charles S. Sargent
    1. Western China – mountain ranges and river systems
    2. Western Hupeh – general topography and geology
    3. Methods of travel – roads and accommodation
    4. In quest of flowers – a journey in North-Western Hupeh
    5. Forest and crag – across the Hupeh-Szechuan frontier
    6. The red basin of Szechuan – its geology, mineral, and agricultural wealth
    7. Eastern Szechuan – narrative of a journey from Taning Hsien to Tunghsiang Hsien
    8. The ancient kingdom of Pa – narrative of a journey from Tunghsiang Hsien to Paoning Fu
    9. The Chengtu Plain – 'The Garden of Western China'
    10. North-Western Szechuan – narrative of a cross-mountain journey to Sungpan Ting
    11. Sungpan Ting – the land of the Sifan
    12. The Chino-Thibetan borderland – 'The Marches of the Mantzu'
    13. The Chiarung tribes – their history, manners, and customs
    14. Across the Chino-Tibetan borderland – Kuan Hsien to Romi Chango
    the flora of the Panlan Shan
    15. Across the Chino-Thibetan borderland – Romi Chango to Tachienlu
    the forests of the Ta-P'ao Shan
    16. Tachienlu, the gate of Thibet – the Kingdom of Chiala, its people, their manners and customs
    17. Sacred Omei Shan – its temples and its flora
    18. Through the Laolin (wilderness) – narrative of a journey from Kiating to Malie, via Wawu Shan
    19. Wa Shan and its flora. Volume 2:
    1. The flora of Western China – a brief account of the richest temperate flora in the world
    2. The principal timber trees
    3. Fruits, wild and cultivated
    4. Chinese materia medica
    5. Gardens and gardening – favourite flowers cultivated by the Chinese
    6. Agriculture – the principal food-stuff crops
    7. The more important plant products – wild and cultivated trees of economic importance
    8. The more important plant products – cultivated shrubs and herbs of economic value
    9. Tea and 'tea-yielding' plants – the tea industry for the Thibetan markets
    10. Insect white-wax
    11. Sport in Western China – pheasants and other game birds
    12. Sport in Western China – wild-fowl shooting on the Ya River
    13. Sport in Western China – ruminant and other game animals
    14. Sport in Western China – carnivorous and other animals, including monkeys
    15. Western China – minerals and mineral wealth
    16. Conclusion

  • Author

    Ernest Henry Wilson

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