Dangerous Passes: Exploring Western China & the 1911 Revolution
By A.F. Legendre, first English translation from 1913
Originally published in 1913 as Au Yunnan et dans le Massif du Kin-Ho, this report on the Legendre Mission's travels of scientific and geographic discovery in Szechwan and the Tibetan steppes. A portrait of remote, mountainous regions, their natural phenomena and diverse ethnic groups, Legendre's memoir also, by force of circumstance, becomes a dramatic tale of high adventure: engulfed by the Revolution sweeping across China, the Mission comes to a catastrophic end with Legendre's work in ruins. Having barely escaped with his life, his retrospective account is marked both by failure and triumph. He offers invaluable perspectives on the region's geography, flora and fauna, and on its rural life and trade. This record of a passionate scientist and a keen observer of China's first great twentieth-century revolution, is as informative as it is fascinating.
Size 150 x 210 mm.
350 pages, 16 pp. illus., 1 folded map