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NO PICNIC ON MOUNT KENYA. Felice Benuzzi, 1953, 1st UK edition DJ Near Fine
By Benuzzi, Felice
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London, 1953, 1st UK edition. 231 pp, maps. The UK edition is unique in that it has a color reproduction of the Kenyon Brand tinned food label that the climbers used as a 'map' for climbing Mount Kenya. First UK editions have become quite scarce.

Many people consider this one of the greatest of all climbing stories. Benuzzi, an Italian prisoner during WWII, escaped from a POW camp to climb Mt. Kenya! In 1943, Felice Benuzzi and two Italian compatriots escaped from a British POW camp in equatorial East Africa with only one goal in mind - to climb the dangerous seventeen-thousand-foot Mount Kenya. Leaving a written 'parole' declaring they would return in two weeks, Benuzzi and two companions nearly scaled Mount Kenya on stolen rations, and improvised climbing equipment. Once done, they broke back into their camp to surrender! An extraordinary tale of war and mountaineering.
 
Book has minor foxing on page edges, else about Fine. DJ is a little darkened on the spine but otherwise is Fine.  A very nice copy. 

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