Five Months in the Himalaya. A Record of Mountain Travel in Garhwal and Kashmir - 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.
  Arnold Louis Mumm (1859-1927) was a British publisher and mountaineer, best remembered for his exploration of the Himalayas and the Canadian Rockies. He explored and climbed in Africa, the Himalayas, the Canadian Rockies, and Japan, and visited the glaciers in New Zealand.

‘It is such protracted explorations and climbs amidst the unbridled forces of Nature, where patience, unselfishness and endurance are in great demand, that bring out the real character of the man, and it is this acid test that has established the memory of our dear comrade as one so well loved by all who knew him. His wide experience, his gentle ways and his ever ready and sympathetic interest have done much to teach us the true devoir of the mountain knight-errant.’ - Arthur O’ Wheeler, writing on the death of Arnold Mumm.


Provenance: from the library of Roger Gaboury, with his bookplate to front pastedown.

References: W R Neate, Mountaineering and its Literature 553. Jill Neate, Mountaineering Literature M179. Alpine Club, web.

Octavo. pp. xv [1] 263 [1]. Publisher’s blue cloth, gilt lettering to upper cover and spine, top edge gilt. Addendum to list of illustrations present.
  Condition: Very good to Near fine, some light rubbing to cloth extremities, none of the usual foxing encountered, front hinge starting, archival tape to tear at hinge of Garhwal map, partially removed bookseller sticker to rear pastedown.   Ref: 107817   Price: HK$ 6,000