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Caravans of the Himalaya

Another beautiful book on my shelf is Caravans of the Himalayas by Eric Valli and Diane Summers (Thames and Hudson, 1994) an account of their two year stay with the Dolpo-pa nomads who live in the Himalayas and on the Chang Tang plateau in Tibet. Eric Valli is well known for his book on the honey hunters of Nepal. Visit the author’s website for more fantastic photography.

Caravans of the Himalayas by Eric Valli and Diane Summers (1994)

Caravans of the Himalayas by Eric Valli and Diane Summers (1994)

The sky will be my roof; the earth my bed;
The grass, my soft pillow.
Like the clouds and the streams
I will traverse these immense deserts alone.
– Ekai Kawaguchi

Caravans of the Himalayas by Eric Valli and Diane Summers (1994)

Karma and other villagers aim for the demon’s heart, to kill the evil spirits that are hunting Sara

Caravans of the Himalayas by Eric Valli and Diane Summers (1994)

Little Karma climbs the Kabre La (17,000 ft)

Caravans of the Himalayas by Eric Valli and Diane Summers (1994)

The yaks sometimes use a trail near the lake Ringmo

Caravans of the Himalayas by Eric Valli and Diane Summers (1994)

Curious villagers are sheltered from the rain while watching the caravan pass

Caravans of the Himalayas by Eric Valli and Diane Summers (1994)

Tilen and his yaks en route to the land of grain

Caravans of the Himalayas by Eric Valli and Diane Summers (1994)

Three generations are shown in this picture

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8000m peaks: first ascent, first editions

8000m first ascents first editions

First editions of the first ascents of seven 8000m peaks

The other day I came across a list of books on the first editions of the first ascents of the 14 8000 meter peaks. I went through my library to see how many of them I owned and came up with seven. All seven have dust jackets and a couple of them are very rare and expensive. These are the first english language editions about these expeditions; some were originally published in other languages. Here are the titles and editions of my books shown in the photograph above:

  • Dhaulagiri 8167m
    The Ascent of Dhaulagiri by Max Eiselin, Oxford University Press, 1961
  • Everest 8848m
    The Ascent of Everest by John Hunt, Hodder and Stoughton, 1953
  • Cho Oyu 8201m
    Cho Oyu, By Favour of the Gods by Herbert Tichy, Methuen, 1957
  • Annapurna 8091m
    Annapurna by Maurice Herzog, Jonathan Cape, 1952
  • Nanga Parbat 8126m
    Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage by Hermann Buhl, Hodder and Stoughton, 1956
  • Makalu 8485m
    Makalu, a Team Triumphant by Jean Franco, Jonathan Cape, 1955
  • Kanchenjunga 8586m
    Kanchenjunga, the Untrodden Peak by Charles Evans, Hodder and Stoughton, 1956

It’s just by chance, on a visit to Hobart in Tasmania last weekend, that I picked up a fine copy of Cho Oyu, By Favour of the Gods by Herbert Tichy in a secondhand book shop for a very reasonable price. The first edition of that book in a dust jacket sells for anywhere between $300 to $600, depending on the condition.

Himalayan books

A few more treasures of travel and Himalayan mountaineering literature sitting on my shelf

I am missing the next seven, so it looks like I am now condemned to go out and hunt for the missing books. As if I needed another excuse to go out book hunting! Here is the list of the books I have to seek out. Luckily, after doing my research, it looks like I have already own the rare and expensive editions, except for Manaslu 1954-56 published by the Japanese Alpine Club. This one goes for $500 to $1000. I love a challenge and it wouldn’t be interesting if they were all easy to find. Here is the list:

  • K2 8611m
    Ascent of K2 by Prof, Ardito Desio , Elek, London, 1955
  • Lhotse 8516m
    The Everest Lhotse Adventure by Albert Eggler, Harper, New York, 1957
  • Broad Peak 8051m
    Broad Peak by Richard Sale, Carreg, Ross-on-Wye, 2004
  • Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak) 8080m
    A walk in the sky – Climbing Hidden Peak by Nick A. Clinch, The Mountaineers, 1982
  • Gasherbrum II 8035m
    White Mountains – Black people by Fritz Moravec, Austrian Federal publisher 1958 (German-language edition)
  • Manaslu 8163m
    Japanese Alpine Club “Manaslu 1954-6”, The Mainichi Newspapers 1956 Incl. 13-page eng. Summary.
    In Volume 12 (1958-59) of “Mountains of the World”, there are two items on 15 pages in German: Yuko Mani (Exp.leiter) and Toshio Imanishi (summit team) on the successful expedition of 1956 in Volume 9 is also one item included.
  • Shishapangma 8027m
    English reports in:

    • Guozi Shuddian “Mountaineering in China”, Foreign Language Press 1965
    • Zhou Zeng & Liu Zhenkai: “Footprints on the peaks: Mountaineering in China”, Cloudcap 1995th
    • “Photographic record of the Mount Shisha Pangma Scientific Expedition “, Science Press Beijing 1966th
    • Books on this climb do not exist, but inthere is a reference and photos in a book by Manfred Abelein titled “Shisha Pangma”.

Happy hunting!

 

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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

What a find at the local secondhand book shop! A first edition of Eric Newby’s classic travel book A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (Secker & Warburg, 1958) for AU$35. Great book at a great price.

This is why I love going browsing for books in good secondhand bookshops. You never know what you are going to find.

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

Browsing in secondhand bookshops is all about the hunt

I hadn’t been to the bookshop in months and was holding off going there as I knew I would buy something as the shop always has interesting and collectable books. I make a sweep of my favourite secondhand bookshops every few months to see what they have available. I really shouldn’t as my shelves are already overloaded with hundreds of books but then again am an addict.

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

You never know what you are going to find

Did I say I was an addict? To make matters worse I already own two first editions of this book; including a signed edition I picked up for a song off Ebay. If I see a great book that I already own at a very good price I generally buy it as I can always resell it or it will make a great gift for a friend who appreciates good books.

 

 

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