Mapping Isabella Bird: Geolocation & Unbeaten Tracks in Japan (1880)

Writing on the World Stage

Isabella Bird embarked on a journey to the United States in 1854, and the letters that she sent home to her sister formed the basis of her first book, An Englishwoman in America (1856), published by her lifelong publisher and friend, John Murray. This trip would mark only the beginning of Bird's travels. Throughout her life she ventured far and wide and wrote on her vibrant experiences of foreign locales. Some of her destinations include the United States, Australia, Hawai'i, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Turkey, Persia, Kurdistan, and Morocco.

An open-source bibliography of her travelogues include:

The map below displays the diversity of countries that Bird wrote about in both books and articles.

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  1. LibriVox: The Englishwoman in America