Blank On The Map

Karakoram Classic

by Eric Shipton (1907-77)


This is the first edition (first printing) of BLANK ON THE MAP. It was published in London by Hodder & Stoughton in 1938. It measures 227mm tall x 145mm, has 299 pages, 52 black & white photos, 3 maps (1 is a folding coloured map), sketches by Bip Pares.

This book is very hard to find, and copies with the original dust jacket are rarely available on the market.

This is one of the classic books of the mountaineering literature. Shipton describes his exploration of the Karakoram's Shaksgam & N side area of K2 in 1937. This was a very small expedition that consisted only of Shipton, H. W. Tilman, M. A. Spender, J. B. Auden, seven Sherpas (under Sirdar Ang Tharkay), and four Balti porters. This five-month expedition mapped 1,800 square miles of rugged, glaciated, uninhabited country containing many of the world's most spectacular mountains.

This book is bound in publisher's original black cloth with red lettering on front cover & spine. The dust jacket is original.

CONDITION: The book is in near fine condition with minimal, barely visible light soiling covers, pages clean and bright (no foxing), no previous owner's marks or writing on any pages. The folding map at the end is crisp and fine except for a 5cm tear at where it attaches to the book (doesn't enter the map image). The binding is solid and tight with no cracking. The endpages are original, clean, unmarked and not cracked.

The dust jacket has chips and loss. The biggest loss is on the front near the top of the spine. The "B", "L", and half of the "A" of "BLANK" from the title are missing. A color photocopy from a complete dust jacket of the missing area has been laid under the original (not attached to the jacket, but attached to the backing paper of the jacket protector). There is also a little loss above "ON THE" in the title on the front, but the letters are complete and not missing. There is loss of the top 1cm of the spine, but no loss of spine lettering. There are also two triangular chips on the rear: 1cm deep at the top, 1cm deep lower outside corner. Both of these cause no loss of text or image. The original dust jacket flaps are complete (no loss) and the original price is present on the lower front flap. The spine area of the dust jacket is faded, something that is very common among surviving examples of the jacket. Price: SOLD.

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