A Century On
Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Wilson’s China draws on Wilson’s writings and the authors’ own travels in the wild areas of China today to deliver a fascinating account of the pioneering botanist’s travels and adventures. Armed with copies of Wilson’s own glass-plate photos of turn-of-the-century Sichuan Province, Mark Flanagan and Tony Kirkham set out to retrace Wilson’s footsteps—and with the help of Chinese guides and local knowledge, they have created new versions of Wilson’s photos. The resulting then-and-now presentation offers fascinating insight into the widespread change—and remarkable continuity—in China over a century, and serves as an informative, appreciative homage to one of history’s greatest plant hunters.