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Vanished Kingdomsby Mabel H Cabot
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A Testament to the Great Spirit and Success of a Remarkable Woman Explorer
In the early 1920s, the last great age of world explorers, a remarkable young woman, Janet Elliott Wulsin, set out with her husband, Frederick Wulsin, for the far reaches of China, Tibet, and Outer Mongolia to study the people, flora, and fauna of the region. Janet’s strenuous, eventful exploration is detailed by a text enriched with excerpts from her candid personal letters. The journey proved to be a test of the Wulsins’ endurance and of their relationship.
While in Asia, the Wulsins took many extraordinary photographs, which form the heart of this richly produced publication. They documented tribespeople and sublime desert landscapes, and, perhaps most remarkably, were allowed to photograph the interior of several of the great Tibetan Buddhist lamaseries, many of which have since been destroyed. Several dozen rare, hand-painted lantern slides survived and are reproduced here in splendid color.
The photographs from the Wulsin expedition are now in the collection of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, in collaboration with which this volume is being produced.
Book News Annotation:
Cabot has carefully researched the lands and peoples visited in the 1920s by her mother, Janet Elliott Wulsin, and her mother's first husband, Frederick Wulsin, as part of a trip funded by the National Geographic Society. Cabot presents the results of her studies here to accompany the collection of glass plates and colored lantern slides that she inherited, along with her mother's letters and diaries. The plates are owned by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard U. which is having an exhibition about the Wulsins' trek in 2003. Not indexed. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Presents an illustrated history of the travels of Janet Elliott Wulsin, who with her husband in 1923, explored China, Tibet, and Mongolia, documenting Buddhist rituals and collecting 1,400 botanical and zoological specimens.
About the Author
Mabel H. Cabot has written for The Washington Post, The Washington Star, and Smithsonian.
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