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, ettered in pink, pp. [xvi], 319, 16 plates after photographs, apart from minimal rubbing to edges and very light offsetting from endpapers a remarkably clean and fresh, probably unread copy.
Extremely rare privately printed first edition, second impression, presentation copy, inscribed and dated 1907 by the author on front fly-leaf.~b~ This unusual voyage, with the author, Mary Macfarlane Park, travelling around the Far East on a ‘tramp steamer’, and thereby visiting ports and places through a rather unconventional means. 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 so 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. Her life outside of the expedition was as an educationalist in the remoter parts of Scotland and doing good work.
The only copy located via COPAC is in the National Library of Scotland (first printing, in the same year), OCLC records two copies, one in Germany, another in Australia; not in the BL.~i~