London. Printed by Harrison and Sons. 1877. Stock ID #161982
33pp, original blue light card wrappers, sewn, opening between gatherings in one place, a little foxing first and last leaves, generally very good. China. No. 2 (1877). Arthur Davenport and his party left from Hankow and travelled for 19 days on the Yangtze before disembarking and continuing by land largely on land. This is a very readable account of their journey in which Davenport comments, not infrequently quite critically on the places, people and activities he saw along the way. For example about the population of Shashih (Shashi in what is today Hubei Province) he says: "The common people of this town have almost always been described by foreign visitors as being turbulent and troublesome, and they did not alter their behaviour on the occasion of our visit." However for all the superior attitudes which are quite prevalent in the text, Davenport was a careful observer of the agriculture, country, towns and people he encountered along the way. Among many crops he describes the method of processing pu-erh tea and opium and includes comments and a small table relating to the size, speed and weights of Chinese ponies. He also comments on the relative stability or otherwise of regions for example "Robbers were reported to be spread over the whole country from Shantung to Momein, but we saw none, and only passed by one murdered body during the whole journey". Altogether quite a fascinating account. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 161982).
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