Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd, 1927. First Edition, First Printing. A Very Good Hardcover.
This hardcover decorative volume contains a four folding maps, with textual decorations along with some brief snippets of musical notation of traditional Himalayan folk songs. Also includes an appendix on the 'Caravan Vocabulary' of Urdu words the couple employed on their journey. The text is a series of letters detailing a journey through the Himalayan region in Asia and relating some of the folktales told by local villagers.
Publisher's olive-green cloth with stamped decorations in black and white; white spine titles. Bindings tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate handling wear with a scuff mid rear board. First Edition - First Printing. 4to; xli, 280 p. : illus. (music), 4 fold. map (1 in pocket) ; 26 cm. Hardcover; Width: 6.25" Height: 9.8" .
Only two copies noted in British Library and Cambridge. Not in Gupta, Bio of Himalayas. REF: OCLC: 315917346.
Very Good / No Jacket. Item #009175
The Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society sponsored this expedition and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957.
Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly, this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time.
Among the other interesting oral histories and tidbits related by the author, there is a tale recounted from the perspective of villagers in the Himalayas about British explorer and military man Francis Younghusband who famously crossed the treacherous mountain range and uncharted desert territories as a young man.
Robert L. Barrett was a wealthy explorer and traveler who founded the Association of American Geographers. Barrett traveled through the Canadian Rockies and later financed an expedition into the Himalayas.
Barrett is also credited with beginning the Three-Corner-Round nonprofit organization's expeditions through the Sierra Nevada which continue to this day as an outdoor experience for young people.
This book is from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.