FIVE MONTHS IN THE HIMALAYA
A RECORD OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL IN GARHWAL AND KASHMIR
BY A. L. MUMM
1909 FIRST UK EDITION
A MAJOR CLASSIC OF PIONEER MOUNTAINEERING IN THE HIMALAYA
This is the first UK edition of FIVE MONTHS IN THE HIMALAYA: A RECORD OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL IN GARHWAL AND KASHMIR by A. L. Mumm. This book was published in London by Edward Arnold in 1909. The book measures 260mm tall x 162mm, and has 263 pages, 48 b/w tipped-in text photo plates, 25 full page plates, 4 folding b/w panoramas, 2 foldg maps, index. One of the most important of the early mountain exploration books that relate to the Himalaya. It has accounts of some of the very first serious Himalayan mountaineering: Longstaff’s snooping around the Garhwal-Kumaon Himalaya looking for a way to Nanda Devi; close views of Changabang and Dunagari for the first time ever; ascent of “middle peak” of Haramuk; and the first ascent of Trisul, which was the first peak above 7000m ever ascended. Another interesting tidbit about this expedition is that it was supposed to be an Everest reconnaissance, but was denied permission at the last moment. They were told to try Kangchenjunga instead, but since Guillarmod was already there (it’s not clear if Longstaff and Mumm knew that at the time) and Freshfield had previously explored it, Longstaff & Mumm switched to the north seeking new & unexplored terrain.
CONDITION: Rebound in dark blue cloth with gilt stamping that closely matches the original, TEG, fore-edge and bottom edge untrimmed. Previous owner name penned to 2nd blank FFEP and his name is also stamped there (small stamp) and again stamped on short title, on title, and on first page of chapter one.Bright clean pages, no foxing, tight binding, quite Fine. Price: $900.
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