Baltoro, Ein Himalaya Buch [with] Beilagen-Mappe zu Baltoro

Basel: Benno Schwabe & Co., (1939). First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto size, 196 pp. (plus photographs), with accompanying separate portfolio of line drawings and maps, all text in German. Very good +. Item #16011401

Professor Doctor Günter Oskar Dyhrenfurth (1886-1975) was not only a geologist, but an outstanding mountaineer; he was the leader of numerous expeditions, notably the international attempt on Kanchenjunga in 1930. He also led the expedition upon which this book is based, to the Baltoro region in the Karakorams, particularly to explore the Gasherbrum Group, when the first ascent was made of Sia Kangri. His wife, Hettie Dyhrenfurth (1892-1972) was a mountaineer in her own right and accompanied the team to Kangchenjunga as the only European woman; she published a book about those experiences titled "Memsahb im Himalaja" (n.b., info from Neate and Wiki).

This volume is replete with black-and-white photographic illustrations, many of them taken by Dyhrenfurth (approximately 115), Sella (approx. 35), Hans Ertle (approx. 15), and Angst (of whom we were not able to find any information) (approx. 19). Per the book, there are a total of 84 full-page and 118 half-page illustrations. It is no surprise that the best photographs are those by Vittorio Sella (1859-1943), to whom Dyhrenfurth dedicated the book thus: "Dedicated to the grand master of high mountain photography" (rough translation).

Accompanying the volume is a separate folio, "Beilagen-Mappe zu Baltoro" which includes: four separate panoramic views (two by Sella and two by Dyhrenfurth); fifty separate line drawings which can be placed over the photographs of the mountains (on a semi-transparent, onion-skin type of paper) and which provides the heights of the peaks in the photograph as well as, on occasion, the routes; and four maps (all on one large piece of paper, two to a side).

Not in Neate.

___DESCRIPTION: The volume is bound in full aubergine cloth over somewhat flexible boards, gilt lettering on the front and spine, small vignette on first flyleaf (likely a printer's mark), 194 pages of text (all in German) followed by the photographs, the first being of Vittorio Sella, followed by several others of persons associated with the expedition, followed by landscapes and mountains; quarto size (10 1/8" by 7 3/8"), pagination: [1-6] 7-194, [195, sectional title page for the photographs] [196, blank], the black and white photographs (on a glossy paper) numbered but unpaginated. Accompanying the book is a separate folio containing the items described above, the folio of grey cardstock with black lettering on the front with the title and enumerating the contents (again, all in German), upon opening the right-hand side with three folds to securely hold the enclosures including, first, the four panaromas: the first ("A") by Vittorio Sella, shows, on the left, K2, moving across Skyang Kangri, Broad Peak, etc., until reaching on the right, Marble Peak, and measures (paper measurement) 28.75" by 9 7/8"; the second ("B") also by Sella is titled "Die Westseite des K2" and measures 17" by 9 7/8"; the third ("C") was taken by Dyhrenfurth and is of the Gasherbrum-Gruppe, measuring 28.5" by 9 7/8"; and the fourth ("D") also by Dyhrenfurth shows the peaks between Sia Kangri and Baltoro Kangri and measures 28.75" by 9 7/8". The second group of items included are the 50 line drawings on semi-transparent paper, many with two or three drawings per sheet, so the fifty are on twenty-three sheets, each measuring 9.25" by 6.5". The last item enclosed is a single sheet of heavy ivory paper measuring 27.5" wide by 13" tall and which contains all four maps: Indien und der Himalaya, Kashmir und der Karakoram, Geologische Skizze des Baltoro, and Kammverlauf-Karte des Baltoro-Gebietes.

___CONDITION: Volume a bit better than very good, the front and back boards clean, the corners gently bumped and with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some discolouration to the head of the spine (perhaps an old dampstain, but no internal evidence of damp), minor rubbing to the tail of the spine, a prior owner inked signature to the top of the front free endpaper with, written underneath, "Berne, 1st June 46", a small (approx. one-third inch) closed tear at the very top of the front free endpaper, and some prior owner markings scattered throughout the text - however, these in pencil and the few words are in German, a few underlines here and there, and a some of the numbers on the maps are checked - perhaps the peaks the owner climbed? The separate folio itself near fine, clean, some sunning along the top and down the "spine", the spine with some light wear; the panoramas and the sheet with the map fine, clean and without wear, the line drawings mostly fine, all clean and a few with a small crease to one corner.

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Price: $175.00