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This is an auction for THE FIVE FOOT ROAD: IN SEARCH OF A VANISHED CHINA by Angus McDonald.

“If the price tag seems high at first, consider this book's many colour photos and rich detail: the photos are surprising in what seems another essay-type paperback travel book at first glance. In 1894 one George Morrison produced an international bestseller based on his lone journey across wild China: McDonald here retraces his steps in 1994, traversing many back roads and obscure paths.”
- Midwest Book Review (US)

“FIVE STARS!!! This book documents a journey across China and Burma commemorating the 100th year anniversary of George Morrison's walk over the same route in 1893. McDonald, an Australian journalist, photographer, and adventurer, had become fascinated with Morrison's life and expeditions after stumbling across his books in a library. After walking across Australia and taking a near disastrous detour in Papua New Guinea as a youth, Morrison had gone on to spend the greater part of his career in China. On his journey across China, Morrison had met up with a Danish photographer named Jensen, who provided a collection of black-and-white images to illustrate Morrison's book, "An Australian in China." McDonald was particularly enamored with Morrison's journey on foot across China, and determined to recreate the journey as much as possible 100 years later. He also gave himself the goal of recapturing the scenes provided by Jensen by determining as best as possible Jensen's exact vantage points for the original photographs and re-shooting the scenes as they appear in the late 20th century. These pictures, some juxtaposed with Jensen's originals, as well as many other twentieth century scenes, are included in this book.”

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Hardback 1995.

192 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Good condition.

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