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The River of Golden Sand

The River of Golden Sand
The Narrative of a Journey through China and Eastern Tibet to Burmah
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108019569

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About the Authors
  • William Gill (1843–1883) was an explorer and commissioned officer in the Royal Engineers. After inheriting a fortune from a distant relative in 1871, Gill decided to remain in the Army and use his inheritance to finance explorations of remote countries, satisfying his love of travel and gathering intelligence for the British government. He was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Geographical Society in 1879 for his scientific observations on his expeditions. This two volume work, first published in 1880, is Gill's account of his expedition from Chengdu, China through Sichuan, along the eastern edge of Tibet via Litang, to Bhamo in Burma, a region little explored by westerners before him. Gill describes in vivid detail the cultures, societies and settlements of the region, and their political and economic systems.

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108019569
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 62 mm
    • weight: 0.12kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 10 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introductory essay Henry Yule
    1. 'Over the seas and far away'
    2. 'China's stupendous mound'
    3. 'Athwart the flats and rounding gray'
    4. 'A cycle of Cathay'
    5. The ocean river
    6. The gorges of the Great River
    7. Ch'ung-Ch'ing to Ch'êng-Tu-Fu
    8. A loop-cast towards the Northern Alps. I. Ch'êng-Tu to Sung-P'an-T'ing
    9. A loop-cast towards the Northern Alps continued. II. Sung-P'an-T'ing back to Ch'êng-Tu. Volume 2:
    1. 'A rich and noble city'
    2. The ancient marches of Tibet
    3. 'The arrow furnace forge'
    4. The Great Plateau. I. Ta-Chien-Lu to Lit'ang
    5. The Great Plateau continued. II. Lit'ang to Bat'ang
    6. Region of the River of Golden Sand. I. Bat'ang to Sha-Lu
    7. Region of the River of Golden Sand continued. II. Sha-Lu to Ta-Li-Fu
    8. In the footsteps of Marco Polo and of Augustus Margary. I. The Land of the Gold-Teeth
    9. In the footsteps of Marco Polo and of Augustus Margary continued. II. The marches of the Kingdom of Mien

  • Authors

    William John Gill

    Henry Yule


    Henry Yule

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