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Through the Heart of Asia. Over The Pamïr to India - Gabriel Bonvalot, Albert Pépin (illustrator)

1889 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition in English
Two volumes of the first English translation of this ‘richly illustrated account of the second of the two Asian expeditions in which French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) and the scientist Guillaume Capus attempted to enter Afghanistan’. Containing 250 full page and in-text drawings by Albert Pépin, and a folding coloured map to rear.

‘Although the party was detained and sent back to Samarkand upon entering Afghanistan, they refused to concede defeat, as Bonvalot was determined to reach India via a trail believed to run across the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains.

In Volume 1, Bonvalot describes the journey from Marseilles via Tehran to Samarkand, interspersing his narrative with observations of the climate and culture they encounter. At the Afghan border, guards warn that '
they will hack us to pieces and throw our bodies into the stream'.

In Volume 2 the party reaches the remote Kingdom of Chatral, but is imprisoned again. Bonvalot uses the confinement to study the customs of the local people, and eventually, with the help of the British authorities, they are released and allowed to continue to India.’ (description from
Cambridge University Press) 
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Climbing On The Himalaya - J. Norman Collie

1902 - David Douglas, Edinburgh - First Edition
Scientist and mountaineer J. Norman Collie’s remarkable record of his climbing expeditions, including chapters on his pioneering work in Skye and the Canadian Rockies with Hugh Stutfield, together with a detailed account of his unfortunate expedition with Alfred Mummary in the Himalayas, their attempt to ascend the 8,000 metre peak, Nanga Parbat in 1895, which ended in disaster when Mummary and a number of others were killed in an avalanche.

Illustrated with eighteen black and white plates, and three folding colour maps of Kashmir, Nanga Parbat, and the Canadian Rockies.
 
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Round Kangchenjunga - Douglas W. Freshfield

1903 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
Freshfield’s incredible account of his dangerous and exhausting circuit of Kangchenjunga, considered one of the greatest early works on Himalayan exploration, and a standard reference to the Kangchenjunga massif. The party’s entire route followed previously unknown areas, much of it at a great height: they climbed the Zemu glacier reaching 5,350 metres, then crossed the Lhonak valley and proceeded west over Jongsong La into Nepal, descending along Kangchenjunga glacier, before trekking ahead to Tseram and finally crossing back to Sikkim.

Accompanying Freshfield was Italian photographer Vittorio Sella, whose remarkable photographs feature in this book.

Profusely illustrated with two large folding colour maps of Sikkim and the glaciers of Kangchenjunga, forty full page black and white plates, two in-text illustrations of the peaks of Kathmandu and a geological map of Sikkim, and one folding panoramic black and white photographic plate of Kangchenjunga Glacier, taken by Sella.
 
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The Indian Alps and How We Crossed Them - Nina Elizabeth Mazuchelli

1876 - Longmans, London - First Edition
A handsome volume of this enduring work on mountaineering, the enthusiastic and irrepressible narrative of Nina Elizabeth Mazuchelli who, together with her Army chaplain husband, Francis, and their friend ‘C’ (the District Officer) traversed the Nepal-Sikkim frontier along the Singalila Ridge – they almost reached the Tibetan border before a blizzard forced them to turn back. Despite their retreat, Mrs Mazuchelli was the first English woman to travel so far into the eastern Himalayas.

Profusely illustrated with 10 full page chromolithographic plates and numerous in-text drawings and sketches by the author, together with a folding map of Sikkim, the travelling party’s route marked in colour.
 
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Across East African Glaciers. An Account of the First Ascent of Kilimanjaro - Hans Meyer

1891 - George Philip & Son, London - First Edition in English
‘Hans Meyer was a geologist and experienced climber who made four trips to the Kilimanjaro region in 1887-1889 culminating in his successful ascent – the first undisputed summit of Kibo, 19,340 feet, the highest of the mountain's three peaks – in 1889. In an earlier attempt, Meyer and his companion Oscar Baumann had the misfortune to arrive in the midst of an Arab revolt against German traders on the East African coast. They were captured and held hostage until a substantial ransom was paid. Meyer's ultimate success has been attributed to his recognition that the greatest obstacle to achieving the summit was the lack of food in the upper regions. He brought a sizeable and well organized party and established several camps on the mountain, allowing him to make multiple attempts at the summit without descending to the base. His lively and highly readable account of the expedition is arguably the most important work on African mountaineering.’ - Walkabout Books.

A superb and rare first edition, in the publisher’s original illustrated covers, described by Neate as ‘a most handsome volume’. With mounted chromolithographed frontispiece, three folding colour maps, eight mounted photographic plates, and twelve photogravures
 
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Five Months in the Himalaya - A. L. Mumm

1909 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
British explorer Mumm’s account of his 1907 expedition to the Himalayas with T.G. Longstaff. Considered a chief contribution to mountaineering literature, this book records the first ascent of the 23,400 ft. Trisul, as well as their journey through the Bagini Pass, Rishi Valley, Dhauli Valley, Garhwal, Kashmir, Haramukh, Khagan, and Shikara.

Profusely illustrated with 28 full page plates, 4 of which are folding, together with numerous photographs in-text and 2 folding maps at rear, of Garhwal and Kashmir.
 
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Journal of Herbert Edward Pretyman, Lieutenant Grenadier Guards - Written during his Expedition to the Kittar Mountains, between Kenneh (on the Nile) and the Red Sea. 1891 - INSCRIBED - Herbert Edward Pretyman. Rev. Frederic Pretyman.

1892 - Printed for Private Circulation, London - First and Only Edition
Inscribed ‘W. H. Mills from Frederic Pretyman Gt. Carlton 1893.’

A near fine and extremely rare example of this journal which covers Pretyman’s 1891 hunting trip in the Kittar mountains, the Eastern Desert of Egypt, using the only known map of the area produced by Floyer four years earlier. Illustrated with a full page photo-lithographic plate of Herbert Pretyman, 34 other plates from photographs and a two page sketch map of the Kittar Mountains to the rear.

Lieutenant H. E. Pretyman travelled back from Ismalia to London in 1891, he died the same year, whilst Camp Adjutant at Bisley, and it is believed he had not fully recovered from a severe attack of typhoid and jaundice in 1889. His father the Rev. Frederic Pretyman arranged to have the journal published a short while later.
 
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South - The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917 - Ernest Shackleton

1919 - William Heinemann, London - First Edition, First Impression.
A legendary account of leadership. It was on this expedition that the marooned Shackleton made his famous voyage in a 22-foot boat with five companions through 800 miles of some of the stormiest seas in the world, finally reaching South Georgia and a Norwegian whaling station [Spence].

With 86 full page plates, and large folding map to the rear, many classic photographs existing only due to the stubbornness of Hurley, Shackleton’s photographer, in refusing to leave the plates behind to conserve energy and food.

An exceptional copy of a book that is notorious for its poor quality of paper and binding. Suitably housed in a custom clamshell case of half navy blue morocco leather over matching cloth, lined with felt, spine lettered in silver.
 
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