THE GOLDEN CHERSONESE AND THE WAY THITHER BY ISABELLA L. BIRD (Mrs. Bishop)
In presenting to the public the last installment of my travels in the Far East, in 1879, I desire to offer, both to my readers
and critics, my grateful acknowledgments for the kindness with which my letters from
Japan were received, and to ask for an equally kind and lenient estimate of my present volume, which has been prepared for
publication under the heavy shadow of the loss of the beloved and only sister to whom the
letters of which it consists were written, and whose able and careful criticism, as well as loving interest,
accompanied my former volumes through the press.
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