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Fortune, Robert 1813-1880

Overview
Works: 81 works in 299 publications in 5 languages and 4,080 library holdings
Roles: Author, Director
Classifications: DS709, 915.1
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Three years' wanderings in the northern provinces of China, including a visit to the tea, silk, and cotton countries; with an account of the agriculture and horticulture of the Chinese, new plants, etc by Robert Fortune( Book )

63 editions published between 1847 and 2013 in English and German and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1847, this is an important description of what were then little-known parts of China by the botanist Robert Fortune (1812-80). Son of a hedger, Fortune rose to be one of the most famous gardeners, botanists and plant hunters of his day, making several visits to China to bring out commercially important plants, especially tea for introduction to British India, and ornamental plants (many now bearing the name fortunei) which were enthusiastically taken up by Victorian gardeners. His three years in China took him to areas newly open to Europeans after Chinese defeat in the First Opium War (1839-42). His sometimes trenchant criticisms of the Chinese - like his contemporaries, he was fully persuaded of the superiority of the West - are balanced by his knowledgeable comments on local flora and plant cultivation, and the book remains an insightful early description of inland regions of China
A residence among the Chinese: inland, on the coast, and at sea. Being a narrative of scenes and adventures during a third visit to China, from 1853 to 1856. Including notices of many natural productions and works of art, the culture of silk, & c; with suggestions on the present war by Robert Fortune( Book )

26 editions published between 1857 and 2009 in English and German and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China was still largely alien territory for westerners in the mid-nineteenth century. In this book, first published in 1857, Robert Fortune (1813-80) describes his third visit there, but despite his relative familiarity with the country, his account is full of strange and bizarre sights and happenings. Beginning in Shanghai, where he was sent to collect tea samples for the East India Company, he describes an earthquake and the myths of its aftermath, along with his fears of becoming embroiled in the Taiping Rebellion. A keen botanist and entomologist in his own right, he also collected insects (a pastime that led him to become a figure of great hilarity among the locals) and explored the flora of the north. His account of his three-year expedition offers a glimpse of the Chinese language and culture through the lens of Victorian expectations, and is a fascinating resource for students and the general reader
Yedo and Peking : a narrative of a journey to the capitals of Japan and China, with notices of the natural productions, agriculture, and trade of those countries, and other things met with by the way by Robert Fortune( Book )

11 editions published between 1863 and 1996 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A journey to the tea countries of China : including Sung-Lo and the Bohea hills : with a short notice of the East India Company's tea plantations in the Himalaya Mountains by Robert Fortune( Book )

15 editions published between 1852 and 2007 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes intricate engravings and watercolors of China's landscape, A Journey to the Tea Countries of China educates readers on the history of tea in various regions of the country and how the tea trade has influenced its economy and culture. According to Chinese legend, tea was first discovered in 2737 BC by emperor Shennong. The emperor liked his drinking water to be clean, so he had his servants boil it. One day, a leaf from a tea bush fell into the emperor's boiling drinking water, turning it brown. The servant, unaware of the problem, presented the emperor with the new refreshing beverage, delighting him. Thus, tea was born
Yedo and Peking : a narrative of a journey to the capitals of Japan and China by Robert Fortune( Book )

15 editions published between 1863 and 2012 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Vagabond des fleurs : trois années dans la Chine du thé, de l'opium et des fleurs by Robert Fortune( Book )

2 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in French and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bakumatsu Nihon tanbōki : Edo to Pekin by Robert Fortune( Book )

10 editions published between 1863 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voyage agricole et horticole en Chine by Robert Fortune( Book )

5 editions published in 1853 in French and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Report upon the tea plantations in the North Western Provinces by Robert Fortune( Book )

5 editions published in 1851 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Fortunes Wanderungen in China während der Jahre 1843-1845 nebst dessen Reisen in die Theegegenden China's und Indiens 1848-1851 by Robert Fortune( Book )

4 editions published between 1854 and 2007 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Fortunes Wanderungen in China waehrend der Jahre 1843-1845 nebst dessen Reisen in d. Theegegenden China's u. Indiens 1848-1851 by Robert Fortune( Book )

2 editions published between 1854 and 1984 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aventures de Robert Fortune dans ses voyages en Chine, à la recherche des fleurs et du thé. Traduit de l'anglais (1843-1850) by Robert Fortune( Book )

2 editions published in 1854 in French and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three years' wanderings in the northern provinces of china, including a by Robert Fortune( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Visits to the Tea Countries of China by Robert Fortune( Book )

2 editions published between 1853 and 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Yedo and Peking : a narrative of a journey to the capitals of Japan and China
Alternative Names
Fortune, Robert

Robert Fortune botaniste et voyageur

Robert Fortune Brits botanicus (1812-1880)

Robert Fortune englischer Gärtner und Forschungsreisender

Robert Fortune esploratore e botanico britannico

Роберт Форчун англо-шотландський ботанік, садівник та письменник

Фортьюн, Роберт

روبرت فورتون

フォーチュン, R.

フォーチュン, ロバート

ロバート・フォーチュン

福鈞

福钧, 罗伯特

Languages
English (199)

German (16)

French (13)

Japanese (6)

Chinese (4)

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Yedo and Peking : a narrative of a journey to the capitals of Japan and ChinaBakumatsu Nihon tanbōki : Edo to PekinTwo Visits to the Tea Countries of ChinaFor all the tea in China : [how England stole the world's favorite drink and changed history]For all the tea in China : espionage, empire and the secret formula for the world's favourite drinkTwo visits to the tea countries of China and the British tea plantations in the Himalaya : with a narrative of adventures, and a full description of the culture of the tea plant, the agriculture, horticulture and botany of ChinaTwo visits to the tea countries of China and the British tea plantations in the Himalaya : with a narrative of adventures, and a full description of the culture of the tea plant, the agriculture, horticulture, and botany of China