Across Yunnan: A Journey of Surprises Including an Account of the Remarkable French Railway Line Now Completed to Yunnan-Fu
London, England: Sampson Low, Marston & Co, Ltd, 1910. 1st Hardback Edition. Hardcover. B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good condition and is lacking a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and rubbing. The spine has some spots of ground-in dirt. The text pages are generally clean and bright, but do have noticeable spots of foxing throughout. The front endpaper has been removed. " he first went to China in 1859 as a tea-taster for a German merchant house (having been sent to Germany to learn the language at the age of sixteen) , and his views on missionaries and their influence in China, though more tactfully expressed than those of Reginald Johnston a generation later, were far from positive. All agree that he was fluent in Chinese, both spoken and written, but, again frustratingly, there is no detail on how he became so. It is known that he prospered as a merchant, but he may, one suspects, never have become famous as a Western pioneer in China or as writer if he had not married Alicia: the dedication of his first book, Through the Yang-tse Gorges, Or, Trade and Travel in Western China (1888) , reads: ‘To my wife, to whose loving aid and encouragement this small literary venture owes its execution, I dedicate this work’." (Cambridge Library Blog). Very Good .
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Keywords: China Archibald Little Yunnan Province, China Far East Railways Merchants China