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A Journey to the Tea Countries of China
London,: John Murray, 1852.. Octavo, with two tinted lithographs (one frontispiece) and a third plate, engraved title-page, map, textual illustrations; a very good copy in the original decorative green cloth, bookplate. First edition, and scarce in the original cloth: a very attractive copy of this marvellous account of the botanist Robert Fortune's trip to China in 1847.Robert Fortune (1813-1880) was first sent to China in 1842 to collect botanical specimens for the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Chiswick. On that trip he spent four years abroad, experiencing pirate attack, shipwreck and entering the city of Loo-chow, then closed to Europeans, in Chinese disguise. He was responsible for the introduction to England of the kumquat, the double yellow rose, many varieties of tree peonies, azaleas and chrysanthemums. Buoyed by his success he visited China again in 1847 to collect tea plants on behalf of the East-India Company, successfully introducing tea to the Himalayas. In this volume, he gives an account of this second journey to China: "my object is to give a peep into the Celestial Empire, to show its strange hills and romantic valleys... and its strange and interesting people".Lowendahl, 'China Illustrata Nova', 1056, 1089, etc. (other works by Fortune).
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