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YUNNAN 1938: AN ACCOUNT OF A JOURNEY IN SW CHINA Dora H. De Beer SIGNED 1971
By De Beer, Dora H.
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UK, 1971, 1st ed. 88 pp, 8 plates. An account of a private trip into Yunnan China, from Burma along the Burma Road and ancient trading paths. The party travelled 400 miles with mules carrying their baggage. There were 6 westerners as well as several Burmese attendants.
 
Two of the westerners have well known names. Mick Bowie, the New Zealand mountain guide. Also Marie Byles, author of By Cargo Boat and Mountain.  The mountain they attempted has several names, Yulong Shan, Setseto, and Shanzidou. It is 5566m, or 18,360 feet. It was a great adventure in a seldom visited area, which of course was soon closed to western visitors for almost 50 years after this trip. It was finally climbed in 1987 by Eric Perlman (author of the Man Who Skied Down Everest) and Phil Perlata-Ramos.
 
The book is Inscribed on the title page by Esmond De Beer, the author's husband, to noted explorer Una Cameron, and dated 1982. In Original paper cover, Near Fine condition.
 

Esmond de Beer and his sisters, Mary and Dora, never married. After their parents died [1930s] they lived together in London. The sisters had previously travelled between London, Europe and New Zealand. They enjoyed the outdoors. Dora was a mountaineer who made many climbs in the Southern Alps, the Swiss Alps and, in 1938, Yunan, China. Esmond and Mary were pedestrians indefatigable walkers and trampers. All three regularly holidayed on the Hebridean island of Raasay.

 

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