ABODE OF SNOW A History of Himalayan Exploration and Mountaineering: Mason Kenneth

ABODE OF SNOW A History of Himalayan Exploration and Mountaineering

Mason Kenneth

Published by London Rupert Hart-Davis 1955, 1955
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First edition. With 21 illustrations on black and white plates, predominately from photographs, and with 16 maps and diagrams within the text, some being full or near-full page. 8vo, original dark gray-green cloth lettered on the spine in gilt, in the scarce original dustjacket with colour decoration. xi, 372 pp. A handsome copy, very near to fine with only the lightest mellowing to the edges of the cloth and a tiny slit at the head of the spine, the text very fresh with only the most minor age evidence at the edges, the jacket in excellent condition with only the lightest edge rubbing. First edition of Kenneth Mason's classic work, written at the very beginning of what would become known as the golden age of Himalayan mountaineering. In the 1950s nearly all of the world’s 8000m peaks were climbed for the very first time, and Mason is only able to touch on a handful of these ascents very briefly. Although many attempts were made in the first half of the 20th century, very few Himalayan peaks were actually climbed before then. A geographer by profession, Mason worked for the Survey of India, and made several expeditions to the Himalayas himself to map unexplored territory. Because survey stations were often on the tops of mountains, he also climbed, and one of his most notable contributions included mapping the Shaksgam area of the Karakoram north of K2, which was later completed by the great mountain explorer Eric Shipton. The first hundred pages of the book is almost a Himalayan geography lesson, he then provides some fascinating history about the early explorers and surveyors, such as the Pundits, native Indians who secretly mapped Nepal and Tibet disguised as pilgrims. The journeys of great Himalayan explorers also figure prominently in his story. Names which crop up again and again include Martin Conway, the Duke of Abruzzi, Alexander Kellas, Tom Longstaff, Fanny Bullock-Workman, Charles Bruce and Eric Shipton. Mason covers all the classic expeditions, including the Brits on Everest, Americans and Italians on K2, and the disastrous German attempts on Nanga Parbat. The book ends too early. Annapurna, Everest, Nanga Parbat, K2 and Cho Oyu were all climbed for the first time as he was writing it, and most of the expeditions are covered only briefly. Bookseller Inventory # 27012

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Title: ABODE OF SNOW A History of Himalayan ...

Publisher: London Rupert Hart-Davis 1955

Publication Date: 1955

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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