A Naturalist in Western China With Vasculum, Camera, and Gun. Being Some Account of Eleven Years' Travel, Exploration and Observation in the More Remote Parts of the Flowery Kingdom. -
Ernest Henry Wilson
1913 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - First Edition
Ernest Henry Wilson [1876–1930] was introduced to China in 1899 when, as a promising young botanist, he was sent there by horticulturalist Henry Veitch to collect the seed of the now almost legendary Dove Tree [handkerchief tree], Davidia involucrata, for propagation in Britain. Subsequent trips saw Wilson bringing back hundreds of seed samples and plant collections, introducing many Chinese plants to Europe and North America. He wrote extensively about his travels in China. Sixty species and varieties of Chinese plants bear his name.
Much of this two volume work deals with the manners and customs of the non-Chinese peoples inhabiting the borderland region that was being explored, but there is also a great deal of botanical material, as the result of four expeditions. In addition, Wilson took a camera, and these volumes contain 101 photographs of parts of China rarely seen by Europeans in the early twentieth century. Folding map to rear of volume II.