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HIGH CONQUEST THE STORY OF MOUNTAINEERING James Ramsey Ullman 1941 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Ullman, James Ramsey
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Philadelphia, 1941, 1st edition. 334 pp, 29 b/w photos, maps. Oatmeal cloth hardcover with brown and gilt titles/decoration and chipped dust jacket. Book is fine. Near Fine overall.

High Conquest was the first of nine books Ullman wrote for the J.B. Lippincott Company, coming out in 1941 followed by The White Tower, River of The Sun, Windom's Way, and Banner in the Sky which was a 1955 Newbery Honor book. All of these titles became motion pictures. 

This book had a huge impact on American climbing. It was THE book to read for children of the Depression who dreamed of becoming climbers. The celebrated climber and mountaineering author writes upon the mountains. Where the demons dwelt, a sport is born, a a mountain and a man, mountaineering comes of age. He recounts the history of climbing by region: Alps, Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Himalaya before WW2, Mt McKinley, Andes, Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya, the 8000ers, Everest, North American climbing, climbing technique, etc. 
 
With the consideration of the great mountains of the world, the subject always comes around to the Highest Yet. In 1941 none of the 8000ers had been climbed, and only a few attempted (Everest, K2, Nanga Parbat, Kangchenjunga.) Mountaineering in the Himalayas, 'Eight-Thousanders,' the unclimbed Himalayas, summit of the world: the fight for Everest. An insight to the challenge and problems of the highest mountains of all. Appendices on volcanoes, one hundred famous mountains, glossary of mountaineering terms. 


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