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Yedo and Peking
A Narrative of a Journey to the Capitals of Japan and China


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia

  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108045926

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  • When Scottish botanist Robert Fortune (1812–80) travelled to Japan in 1860, shortly after it had reopened to foreign visitors for the first time in centuries, he found the islands to be both mysterious and dangerous. This work, first published in 1863, is Fortune's spirited account of his travels, from Nagasaki to Yedo (modern-day Tokyo) and then on to Peking (Beijing). Fortune had previously spent several years in China researching tea plants and tea-growing technology, which he later introduced to the plantations of India. (His books on his experiences in China are also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.) An engaging raconteur, Fortune includes here not only detailed horticultural information, but also his observations and opinions on Japan's 'strange people and their very beautiful land'. This remains for scholars and general readers an illuminating piece of travel writing, enhanced by the illustrations throughout.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108045926
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. First view of Japan
    2. We leave Nagasaki
    3. Town of Kanagawa
    4. Journey from Kanagawa to Yedo
    5. The city of Yedo
    6. The country round Yedo
    7. A journey in search of new plants
    8. Residence of the Abbé Girard
    9. Leave Yedo
    10. Adieu to Yokuhama
    11. Return to Japan
    12. Invitation from the American minister to visit Yedo
    13. Return to Kanagawa
    14. Journey into the country
    15. Assassinations
    16. Climate of Japan
    17. Other productions of Japan
    18. Narrative resumed
    19. Leave Shangae for Peking
    20. The people of Tien-tsin
    21. Leave Tien-tsin for Peking
    22. The streets of Peking
    23. A journey to the mountains

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