Pekin, Jeddo and San Francisco. The Conclusion of A Voyage Round the World
Publisher: John Murray
xii+291+[16 ad] pages with foldout frontispiece and 14 plates (some folding). Small octavo (7 1/2" x 51/4") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine with blind-stamped ruled edges and design. Translated by Agnes and Helen Stephenson. First edition.
Count Ludovic de Beauvoir was a French traveler of the nineteenth century. He was born in 1846 in Brussels in a noble family of OrlÃ©anais. When he was only 19 years old, he embarked with his childhood friend the Duke of Penthievre for a trip around the world, which from 1865 to 1867, led him to Australia, in the Dutch East Indies (today Indonesia ), Siam (now Thailand ), China, Japan and the United States. Upon his return in 1867, Beauvoir published the first two volumes of his travel relationship: Australia and Java, Siam, Canton, which met with enormous success. He reports on his arrival in Melbourne , his travels in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales and talks about the gold mines in Victoria. He recounts the great crocodile and rhinoceros hunts in Java and describes the splendor of the lifestyle of the princes and the nobility of Javanese dress. In Siam, Beauvoir witnesses strange ceremonies, including the incineration rites of the king. After a brief stay in Hong Kong, he goes to Macao, from where poor Chinese leave for California. He published the third volume of his journey around the world, Beijing, Yeddo, San Francisco, in 1872. He covers the trip from Peking through Japan and to California, where he visited Yosemite, the Big Tree groves, and observed hydraulic mining in addition to tasting the pleasures of San Francisco.
Book block detached from the covers, book plate on front paste down, corners bumped, spine ends rubbed and split else a good copy.
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