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BLANK ON THE MAP Eric Shipton 1938 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine to Fine 2 copies available
By Shipton, Eric
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London, 1938, 1st edition. 299 pp, 36 b/w plates, maps. Original black cloth hardcover with no dust jacket. Previous owner's name unobtrusively written on the front end paper. Near Fine  to Fine overall.

A true classic of Himalayan exploration. Shipton and Tilman, with a very small and inexpensively provisioned party, mapped, explored and climbed in the Shaksgam region north of the Karakoram in 1937. One of the most desirable of Himalayan books. 

Bill Tilman and Eric Shipton organized an expedition in order to explore some of the highest glaciers of the world in the midst of the Karakoram. They left from Rawalpindi (at the time in India) and went through the Karakoram by the Sarpo Lago pass (5684m). In the next five months, they explored 5780 Km2 of territory which Tom Longstaff qualified as being 'the mountain fortress most difficult on earth'. They reached the foot of the impressive north side of K2 and made a detailed map of the Chinese Turkestan (today Xhin Yang).
 
Eric Shipton who knew the lovely landscapes of the Asian mountains, was thrilled with the Trango glacier and exclaimed "Enormous columns of granite carried these elegant summits, so far away and out of reach, they didn't seem to be part of the colossal structures. The sides of these mountains, covered with ice and soft snow, shine like millions of diamonds in the morning sun."
 
When Bill Tilman explored the Snow Lake at the bottom of the Hispar glacier in 1937, he noticed footsteps that he thought those of a Yeti. At the end of this expedition, Eric Shipman wrote a best seller Blank on the Map. He became fascinated by this region of the world which, according to him, was the most fantastic mountain area on earth.

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