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Titre : The Land of the Blue Poppy
Éditeur : Minerva, London
Date d'édition : 1973
Reliure : Cloth
Etat du livre : Good - Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Very Good
Edition : Reprint
xiii, 215pp, B/W plates. Foxing to page edges, a little tired, DJ browned at edges. N° de réf. du libraire 18696
Synopsis : This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV UP THE MEKONG VALLEY We rested four days at Wei-hsi. It is a small unwalled city with cobbled streets, patches of cultivated ground being freely interspersed with tiled houses of wood or mud bricks; but the pear trees now in full blossom gave a brighter appearance to the shabby temples and mean lanes. The valley itself is little more than a mile across here, considerably less elsewhere, shut in by the mountains of the Li-ti-p'ing to the east and by a high ridge to the west, clothed below with scrub and pine trees harbouring two or three species of pheasant, and above with fir forests. There is no flat ground anywhere except immediately beside the river, where a small flood-plain dotted with bushes affords opportunities of shooting duck and snipe Though flowing with a strong current, the stream is of small size, fordable almost anywhere at this season, and spanned by a single wooden bridge of no interest. The gentler slopes of the valley are extensively terraced, rice being the principal crop for the whole of this district. Even the city is built on a slope. Major Davies gives its altitude as 8000 feet, and my aneroid readings agreed very closely with this. Considering that we were nearing the end of April, the vegetation was not far advanced, certainly not more so than it is in England by the end of the first week of that month, and there was snow on the ridge immediately to the west, probably not more than 2000 feet above the city. The valley itself however is dry, like the Mekong valley below, and the most interesting plant I met with during several rambles was a crimson-purple Primula (P. vittata) coming into flower in the marshes. Like all frontier cities, Wei-hsi is a great trading centre, and a motley crowd, amongst whom may be seen sal...
Description du livre: The region of the Mekong, Yangtze and Salween rivers in Yunnan, China is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This particularly biodiverse temperate zone has dramatic topography at a collision point of tectonic plates. This highly illustrated book describes a remarkable plant-collecting expedition there in 1911.
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