New York: The Macmillan Company, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. First US edition, first printing, octavo size, 262 pp., with sketched and photographic illustrations by the authors, folding map in rear pocket. Near fine / good. Item #CNFBV43
Originally published in German in 1938, this is the account of the "first Swiss expedition in 1936 to the Himalayas written by two geologists whose eight months journey in the Himalayas took them through the lands of Nepal and Tibet up to Mount Kailash, and then through the plains and foothills of India on the way back" (n.b., quote from the web site of Himalyan Voices).
In addition to being the authors, the book is replete with illustrations, both drawn and photographic, by both Arnold Heim (1882-1965) and Augusto Gansser-Biaggi (1910-2012). In fact, Neate describes the book as a "[s]uperbly illustrated account of [a] chiefly geological expedition, which explored the area around Kailas in Tibet."
With the prior owner name on the front pastedown of "Albert S. Marshall / Three Rivers / California". Albert Marshall (1891-1970) was known as a California artist who studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute, and later, having been refused admittance into the Army in WWI due to tuberculosis, was advised that the mountains were the best place for his health. He therefore spent much of his life painting the Sierra Nevadas in California, as well as other western areas with dry climates, such as the Wind River Range in Wyoming, the Canadian Rockies, and the mountains and glaciers of Alaska (n.b, information from the web site of California Art).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full green cloth, gilt lettering on the spine, top edge gilt, prior owner name/address of the artist Albert Marshall as set forth above, the volume replete with illustrations including "220 plates in photogravure, 18 sketches in the text, 11 musical items, 2 panoramas and 1 relief map" (per the title page), the black and white photographic illustrations bound into several sections of the book; octavo size (9.5" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xxv [xxvi - blank], 1-233, [234 - blank], [235, Glossary], [236, printer's statement], followed by a folding, seven-panel "Panoramic Sketches", this followed by four-panel (folded into five) "Panoramic Photos", pocket tipped onto rear pastedown containing a folding map of the Central Himalayas in brown, blue and black (map measures just under 20" tall by 18" wide). With the publisher's dust jacket displaying a photograph of a mountain range wrapping from the spine across the front panel, inset at the tail of the spine is a photograph of a native, white lettering on the front and spine, rear panel and rear flap blank, front flap is unclipped although without a printed price, giving a short summary of the book.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, collated complete, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the name/address set forth above free of prior owner markings; tail of the spine bumped (with light wear, but no fraying to the cloth), a few spots to the fore-edge of the textblock, foldout at the rear of "Panoramic Sketches" at one point folded incorrectly so that a thin strip of the top margin protrudes from the top edge of the text block, the folding map in the back pocket near fine, a few spots of light soil, a few unintended folds, one small tear towards the top of the map at the intersection of two folds, and holes in three of the corners (seemingly from being tacked to a wall). The dust jacket is good only, unclipped (no printed price), all components present but with substantial edgewear resulting in some loss at the head and tail of the spine (just barely impinging on the lettering), the rear panel attached to the spine by only a small strip, both flaps with tears where they meet the panels, and an old piece of cello tape on the verso near the head of the spine.
___CITATION: Neate no. 362.
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