Isabella Bird was born in 1831 near York, England but was raised in Cheshire. She spent a considerable amount of her time in her early life travelling in Britain because Bird's father was a priest of the Church of England and he was assigned to various parish postings. The majority of her life she was very ill with different ailments. Bird enjoyed travelling all over the world including America, Canada, Scotland, Australia, Hawaii, Japan, Vietnam, and Singapore. In her second American voyage, Bird rode by horseback over the Rocky Mountains where she wrote one of her most popular book: A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains. She married a doctor by the name of John Bishop who died in 1886. During this time Bird, dedicated her life to study medicine and travel as a missionary. Approaching sixty years old, she travelled to India, Tibet, Persia, Kurdistan, China, and Morocco.

While Bird crossed the lands of Tibet, she wrote Among the Tibetans is divided up into five chapters: The Start, Shergol and Leh, Nubra, Manners and Customs, and Climate and Natural Features. She stayed approximately four months in Tibet. Bird describes the Tibetan people as truthful, independent, and friendly, one of the pleasant of peoples. (41) She described many features of the country including the customs, traditions, architecture, climate amongst others. She describes material objects such as prayer wheels and even women's jewelry. According to her, the Tibetans are unclean and unhealthy people, who manage to live long lives. Landmarks are also noted in her journal including colossal figures of Shakya Thubba (Buddha) carves in faces of rocks. She had previous experience with mountainous climate before in the Rocky Mountains, yet the Himalayas were radically different in that they were not only arid but extremely hot (from 120-130 degrees at times), but this is polarized by extreme low conditions. She describes commercial trade routes between Lhasa, India, Khotan, and Afghanistan. Items included items of worship, brick tea, clothing, and animals. Bird was able to travel by yak which she also describes. (64) The best experience for her in Tibet compared to her previous travels was she was able to actually live 'among the Tibetans.' (72) She also describes their medicine to be very limited. In fact, she describes their medical treatment as 'sorcery.' (111) Bird discusses the Moravian missionaries opened a school in Leh.

Bird, Isabella Lucy. Among the Tibetans. Boston: Harvard University Press, 1894.