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THE FORBIDDEN MOUNTAIN: FINDING NOAH'S ARK Fernand Navarra 1956 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Navarra, Fernand
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London, 1956, 1st edition. 176 pp, b/w photos, maps. Former owner's bookplate on front end paper. Original red cloth Hardcover, Dust Jacket, Near Fine condition.

In 1962 six young men left Paris by car for Eastern Turkey, with the twin objectives of climbing 16,946' Mount Ararat and of finding Noah's Ark. To these tasks they brought comparatively little mountaineering experience, a smattering of scholarship—and boundless enthusiasm. The difficulties they faced were formidable. Mount Ararat stands in a military zone, only a few miles from the Russian frontier, and to reach it at all was a considerable triumph over fearsome restrictions.
 
As for the ascent itself, The Mountain of the Flood is the highest mountain in the world from base to summit, for its peak rises 14,700 feet above the plain. It is, in all, 16,946 feet above sea level, and Fernand Navarra and his team mate, Jean de Riquer were the first Frenchmen—though not quite the first human beings—ever to reach the top. But it was the second objective, the finding of Noah's Ark, which made so many people brand the young explorers as mad from the start. True, they had gathered significant evidence before they started that a vessel exists in a petrified condition on Ararat, but could it be the Ark? Or is this a legend, a superstition, carefully fostered by the local monks?

The account of the formidable obstacles and fantastic experiences the expedition encountered on its 14,000 mile journey into Turkey, finishing in territory and among people whose nature remains basically untouched by the passage of two thousand years, and of what its members finally found buried in the ice on the Western slopes of the ''Magic Mountain'' makes the adventure stories of popular fiction seem tame by comparison.

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