Round Kangchenjunga. A Narrative of Mountain Travel and Exploration. - 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.
  William Douglas Freshfield (184501934) was an English barrister, mountaineer, writer, and poet, and is considered one of the greatest mountain explorers, particularly in connection with the Caucasus. He was one of the most scholarly and sensitive mountain writers and was twice chairman of the Society of Authors, as well as a leading figure in the Royal Geographical Society, president of the Alpine Club between 1893-5 and editor of the Alpine Journal.

: Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica 2926. W R Neate, Mountaineering and its Literature 289. Kapadia, Into the Untravelled Himalaya: Travels, Treks, and Climbs 87.

pp. xvi 373 [1] [2-advertisements]. Publisher’s red cloth, gilt illustration to upper cover, gilt titles to spine.
  Condition: Near fine, slightly rubbed at extremities, 1.5 cm area of abrasion to upper cover, hint of fading to spine, small bookseller sticker to front endpaper, scattered foxing to edges, occasionally throughout.   Ref: 107812   Price: HK$ 6,500