PARK, Mary Macfarlane. Greater Britain and the Far East: or 60,000 miles on the "Mary Park". London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co, 1906.
8vo. Original green cloth, lettered in pink, pp. [xvi], 319, 16 plates after photographs, apart from minimal rubbing to edges and very light offsetting from endpapers, a clean and fresh, probably unread copy.
Extremely rare privately printed second edition, presentation copy, inscribed and dated 1907 by the author on front fly-leaf. This unusual voyage of Mary Macfarlane Park led her around the Far East on a ‘tramp steamer’. Understandably she travelled in a vessel named the ‘Mary Park’ which had been built and named thus by her father R. Ballantyne Park who ran the Park Steamship Company. The ship was some 20 years old when Mary decided to travel on her own to the exotic east, with stops at St Helena, South Africa, Australia (more than once), the Philippines, China, Japan, Singapore, Ceylon, India and Burma, with a crew of Norwegians, Swedes and Chinese. The ship had been chartered by the Government to transport cattle to South Africa and thence to pick up cargo, as and when, whilst plying the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere. Mary had previously only been on a boat to the Shetland Islands, therefore was no seasoned traveller. Everything new receives a comment. She was not overtly religious in her outlook and generally fairly liberal in her comments. She left the ship for months at a time to travel inland through China, Australia, Japan and elsewhere. Apart from this journey Mary Macfarlane Park is known to have been an educationalist in the remoter parts of Scotland and generally 'doing good work'.
The only copy of any edition located via COPAC is in the National Library of Scotland (first edition, Glasgow, 1906), OCLC records two copies, one in Germany, another one in Australia; not in the BL.