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This two-volume work is an exhaustive study of a little-known region comprising a circumscribed area in northwest Yün-nan, Hsi-k’ang, Tibet, and southwest Ssu-ch’uan inhabited by the Na-khi tribe. For the first time, gleaned and translated from rare, original Chinese sources, a detailed historical account of this ancient Na-khi kingdom and a general historical account of the province of Yün-nan proper, from 280 B.C. to the present day, are made available. The books describe all the author’s journeys during years of exploration, giving geographical, botanical, and geological data. Profusely illustrated with original photographs—both of the remarkable scenery of the region and of its inhabitants—with maps, and with reproductions of rare texts, this work is of outstanding value to all persons and institutions interested in the Far East, including the military, all future explorers of the region, and special students of geology, botany, geography, and linguistics.
The study is divided into several sections, the first part dealing with Yün-nan proper. The second part covers the districts of Li-chiang and Chung-tien, and the third, the district of Wei-hsi, which includes the region of the upper Mekong, Salween, and the Yangtze. The fourth is concerned with northwest Yün-nan, southeast Tibet, and Hsi-k’ang with its famous snow ranges forming the Yün-nan-Tibet boundary (the territory north of “the Hump”). The fifth reveals one of the least-known areas of southwestern Ssu-ch’uan, the Wu-so, in the district of Yen-yuan, where aboriginal tribal chiefs still rule.