Kathmandu, Nepal: Ratna Pustak Bhandar: Bibliotheca Himalayica, 1979. Photos and maps. Second Edition. Cloth. 8vo, blue cloth with gold lettering on spine, archival mylar-protected photographic dust jacket (unclipped) depicting the mountain in a pinkish glow, Introduction to this 2nd edition by conservationist Dr. Harka B. Gurung, illustrated with 2 large fold-out maps and 40 B&W glossy full-page plates of mountains in Nepal and Sikhim taken by V. Sella from the expedition (at the end of the book), map endpapers, xxii + 373 pages. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #5553
Douglas W. Freshfield (1845 - 1934) was an important member-climber of the Alpine Club and Royal Geographical Society. In 1899, after many climbs in the Alps, at 54 years of age, Freshfield visited India and the Eastern Himalayas. The latter served as the basis for this classic of mountaineering about Mount Kangchenjunga (8,585m.)--the world's third highest peak--in its eponymous massif. That range lies along a N-S axis beside the eastern border of Nepal. Freshfield's expedition with several Gurkha guides attempted to explore its various aspects and got from 6 to 10 kilometers near its peak. The book is a superb and vivid travelogue with now even more important data on geomorphology and glaciation.
Dr. Harka Bahadur Gurung (1939–2006), author of the Introduction, was a Nepalese geographer, anthropologist, author, artist and politician, known for his wide-ranging conservation work.
SUPERIOR CONDITION: Tight copy with both fold-out maps, clean contents, and all glossy B&W photos in excellent condition. No foxing. Slight age-toning to pages. A clean 2-inch tear to one map.