Unbeaten Tracks in Japan
Title
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan
Subtitle
Revisiting Isabella Bird
Translator
Nicholas Pertwee
Price
€ 59,99
ISBN
9781898823803
Format
eBook PDF (Adobe DRM)
Number of pages
400
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
18 x 24.6 cm
Discipline
Asian Studies
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Hardback - € 60,00
Table of Contents
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Author’s Preface to the English Edition ix
The Kanasaka Commentaries: xxv
Background to the Publication of the Abridged Edition, 1885 xxv
Structure of the Abridged Edition and Organization of this Annotated Edition xxx
Treatment of Bird’s footnotes in this edition xxxiii
Map of Isabella Bird’s Journeys through Japan Endpapers
The Original Work
UNBEATEN TRACKS IN JAPAN
AN ACCOUNT OF TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR INCLUDING VISITS TO THE ABORIGINES OF YEZO AND THE SHRINE OF NIKKÔ
BY ISABELLA L. BIRD

Kiyonori Kanasaka

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

Revisiting Isabella Bird

Isabella Bird’s best-selling book on Japan is republished here, but with a difference: for the first time, it is now fully annotated with supporting commentaries, providing the twenty-first century reader with an enhanced informed view of the new ‘modern Japan’ as Bird experienced it in 1878. Originally published as a two-volume work in 1880, this later abridged version, first published in 1885 and promoted as ‘a tale of travel and adventure’, became one of the best-selling travel books published by John Murray; it was reprinted numerous times and by different publishers. This volume is the original 1885 edition. It is not a facsimile, but has been reprocessed digitally to enable the annotations to be inserted, as well as the 40 copperplate illustrations to be restored to their original quality. The commentaries and notes have been written by Kiyonori Kanasaka, Japan’s leading expert on Isabella Bird who, over the past nearly 30 years, has retraced Isabella Bird’s footsteps in all the parts of the world she visited, and knows her travels in Japan intimately. (See Isabella Bird and Japan: A Reassessment>, Renaissance Books 2017.) This book will be essential reading for all those interested in the Bird legacy, the birth of modern Japan, travel writings of the Far East, the topography of Japan and Japan’s social and political history.
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Author

Kiyonori Kanasaka

Kiyonori Kanasaka, a distinguished geographer at Kyoto University, is widely recognized as Japan’s leading researcher on Bird. He has published extensively in Japanese on the subject, including a full annotated translation of the original two-volume edition of Unbeaten Tracks. He is known worldwide for his ‘Twin Time Travel’ photographic exhibition, shown in many countries – presenting Bird’s descriptions of what she wrote about in her books in juxtaposition with illustrations of the present.