Inscribed Landscapes: Travel Writing from Imperial China
by Richard E. Strassberg
Publisher: University of California Press 1994
Number of pages: 489
This anthology is the only comprehensive collection in English of Chinese travel writing from the first century A.D. through the nineteenth. The anthology is abundantly illustrated with paintings, portraits, maps, and drawings. Each selection is meticulously translated, carefully annotated, and prefaced by a brief description of the writer's life and work.
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by Princess Der Ling - Moffat, Yard and company
Der Ling served as a lady-in-waiting to the Empress Dowager Ci-Xi in the early years of the 20th Century. Her insider view gives a captivating and intimate portrait of the Dragon Lady, who brought the country to the brink of destruction.
by Herbert A. Giles - H. Holt and Company
A brief outline of Chinese civilization from the earliest times down to the 20th century. The book was written for readers who know little or nothing of China, in the hope that it may succeed in alluring them to a wider and more methodical survey.
by Samuel Merwin - Success Magazine
A personal investigation, during an extended tour, of the conditions of the opium trade in China and its effects upon the nation. Though frankly journalistic in tone, the book presents something more than the hasty conclusions of a journalist.
by Edward Harper Parker - Chapman & Hall
This is an easy to read yet highly informative history of ancient China. It is a classic in the field and covers all aspects of ancient Chinese life and culture. From the dynasties of the kings to the occupations and entertainments of the people.