TO KISS HIGH HEAVEN

1956 First UK edition

By J.-J. Languepin


This is the first printing in english of J.-J. Languepin's TO KISS HIGH HEAVEN. It was published in London by William Kimber in 1956. It measures 222mm tall x 139mm and has 199 pages + 8 pages of ads, EP maps, 9 b/w photos. This is among the least common of the modern Himalaya climbing expedition books in english. It is the moving account of the probable second ascent of Nanda Devi (7816m) & the undisputed second ascent of Nanda Devi East (7434m). Roger Duplat (team leader) & Gilbert Vignes were last seen approaching the summit of Nanda Devi via the S Ridge, the route used by Tilman & Odell, before clouds & wind moved in. They had planned to cross the summit and traverse over to the summit of Nanda Devi East, so it is likely that they reached the summit & perished somewhere on the connecting ridge, probably through a cornice. Louis Dubost & Tenzing Norgay climbed the East summit (1st climbed in 1939 by Polish team) with hope of finding the pair, but found no trace. This was one of the first expeditions to the Himalaya with an objective beyond peak-bagging.

CONDITION: Original dark grey cloth with gilt lettering spine. Covers have some dark smudged marks front and rear (looks like partial ring mark from cup). There is fading spine and a small light fade spot near middle of spine. No writing or previous owner marks on any pages. No foxing. Binding is tight and hinges are fine. 100% complete contents. The dust jacket is worn with a big chunk missing from bottom front (good photocopy from a complete DJ is loosely laid under this DJ to make it look better -- missing chunk can be discerned by looking closely at the DJ photo), chips at top and bottom of spine, 3cm tear rear and another tear along upper rear fold at spine. Flaps are not clipped and original price is present. Spine of dust jacket is faded (very common for this dust jacket). Price: SOLD.


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