Victorian Asia Bibliography
copyright 2001 Historical Novelists
We are putting here all the period travelogues
and the later analyses and histories, of colonial activity. This
was the heyday of European empire-grabbing.
Austin, O. P.
- "Queer Methods of Travel in Curious
Corners of the World" **
- National Geographic
magazine, NGS, Washington, DC; Nov.1907, pg 687-715
- A great deal on the relative carrying capacity
of animals, so you can select horse, camel, or ox. Mentions the
difficulties of getting about in Hong Kong and the native transportation
in India. T1
Baker, Samuel White, Sir, 1821-1893
- Cyprus, As I Saw It In 1879
Released: Jan 2003
- Eight Years'
Wanderings In Ceylon
Bird, Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy), 1831-1904
- Let us simply say that when Miss Bird went
travelling to recruit her health, she normally chose some isolated
part of the world where she often was the first European to set
foot, or at least the first European woman. All of these are
based on her letters home to her sister. She rhapsodizes on sunsets,
notes the vistas and canyons, investigates every detail she can
of local life, and in general is a great substitute for a time
the Tibetans *****!
Many high mountain adventures, including "pass poison"
or mountain sickness affecting horses as well as humans. All
the grandeur and danger of travelling in this period. T2
- The Golden Chersonese And The Way Thither*****!
- (events after 1874)
- The redoubtable Victorian traveller continues
her adventures around the world, here in Indonesia and Sumatra.
in Persia and Kurdistan, including a summer in the Upper Karun
region and a visit to the Nestorian rayahs *****!
and her neighbours : a narrative of travel with an account of
the recent vicissitudes and present position of the country *****!
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan: An
Account of Travels in the Interior Including Visits To The Aborigines
of Yezo and the Shrine of Nikko *****!
- (after 1878); Project Gutenberg
- Accounts of the more isolated areas, where
the Japanese live in extremely primitive ways, let alone the
Ainu villages. T2
Valley and beyond : an account of journeys in China, chiefly
in the province of Sze Chuan and among the Man-tze of the Somo
The Stranglers: The Cult of Thuggee
and Its Overthrow in British India *****!
Longmans, London, 1968; 234 pgs., 8 plates, bibliography, index
Fascinating book, about the British discovery of the ancient
subculture, that contributed to its own final downfall because
they felt they had, by their own recent breaking of the divine
laws (against harming women, children, etc.), deserved their
punishment. Also includes the British struggles with the Dacoits.
The Indian Army of the Empress, 1861-1903
Details the forces and actions of the British Raj in far greater
breadth than an Osprey book. T2
Hayes, M(atthew) Horace, F.R.C.V.S., 1842-1904
guide to training and horse management in India : with a Hindustanee
stable and veterinary vocabulary and the Calcutta Turf Club tables
for weight for age and class
- 1878; Calcutta : Thacker, Spink, and Co.
Hudson, Roger, ed.
- The Raj: An Eye-Witness History ****
- The Folio Society, London, 1999
- Compiles excepts from may letters, diaries,
and memoires to give the experience of the British in India,
People's Names: A Cross-Cultural Reference Guide to
the Proper Use of over 40,000 Personal and Familial Names in
over 100 Cultures *****!
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, NC; 1997;
613 pgs, index, select annotated bibliography
The Contemporary half will provide your Asian and European naming
needs, both individual and family names. T1.
Kinglake, Alexander William, 1809-1891
- Eothen, or, Traces of Travel Brought Home from the
- Released: Jun 1995
Knight, William Henry
- Diary Of A Pedestrian in Cashmere and Thibet
Nock, O .S., editor
Encyclopedia of Railroads ****
Galahad Books, NY, 1977; 480 pg, index
History of railroads and equipment over the entire world, including
Africa, Asia, and south America. Sections on equipment and operation,
also the great luxury trains, past and present. Gorgeous colour
layout, oversize. One lap-breaker worth the effort of lifting.
Osprey Military Books
- The worst book out by Osprey still gets three
stars. The best are five stars and a bang. These are each a dense,
military monograph on weapons, tactics, strategy, and history,
with some little cultural background. Rarely at libraries, you
will usually find these where military miniatures are sold. T2
- In the usual Men-at-Arms Series:
- The Taiping Rebellion 1851-66; #275
- The Boxer Rebellion; #95
- Out in the Noonday Sun: Edwardians
in the Tropics ****
Random House, NY, 1985; original British edition, The Noonday
Sun, by Methuen London Ltd., London
While covering the British African and Asian empire from about
1890 to 1930. Rare for a British book, it has an index. Lots
of pictures, very readable. You'll probably get caught by other
chapters, too: consider it background research on the world your
characters live in. The section of Biographical Notes is like
a mini-encyclopedia of the main players. T2
Rawlinson, George, 1812-1902
- History Of Phoenicia YY
- Released: Sep 2000
- An outmoded history of a semi-historical
civilization, the first part gives a detailed description of
the area in the later 1800s, for which it is valuable. T2
Robinson, H. Russell
- Oriental Armour ****
- "Detailed, scholarly survey of defensive
armour used in the Middle East and Asia--from the scale armour
of ancient Egypt to Japanese "modern" armour of the
19th century. Over 300 line illustrations (largely the author's
own work) and over 100 photos depict armour of Persia, Turkey,
India, China, Ceylon, the Philippines, Korea, Tibet, and other
regions. A splendid overview of the decorative qualities and
crucial defensive features in a book that brings together much
previously inaccessible material." Better than Stone on
the subject. T2
- China and Its People in Early Photographs
19th C; now from Dover Publications, Inc., NY; 272 pg, 200 photos
Some of the earliest (19th century) photos, all the things that
foreign artists had been trying to capture and that Chinese painting
gives us like images in fog. 200 B&W plates. T2
Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913
- The Malay Archipelago, the Land of the Orang-utan
and the Bird of Paradise: A Narrative of Travel, with Studies
of Man and Nature
- Volume 1
- Volume 2
Princely India; photographs by Raja
Deen Dayal, 1884-1910 *****!
Knopf, NY, 1980; 151 pgs, forward by J. Kenneth Galbraith
Worswick provides the text to Dayal's gorgeous photos. Remember,
much of this will apply to earlier decades, or even centuries.
Just compare it to the paintings, and see how little has changed.
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Bibliography (China, Tibet, Korea, Mongolia)
Maps of Asia
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Monograph on Corsets
1861 Horse Care
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