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BLANK ON THE MAP Eric Shipton 1938 1st UK ed Fine SIGNED by Eric Shipton
By Shipton, Eric
Price: $1750.00


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London, 1938, 1st edition. 299 pp, 36 plates, 3 maps, one color fold-out map, drawings by Bip Pares, appendices. This copy is in utterly Fine condition, with no flaws. The pages are clean, with no writing, foxing, stains. No book plates. Binding is original and tight. Neate S58. One previous owner put his name in the book, Richard Irvin. I knew Richard,  he was a climber in the 1950s-1960s who lived in the Sacramento area. He was a member of Nick Clinch's 1958 team that made the first ascent of  Gasherbrum I.  

The book cover is very clean, with no wear or stains. What make this copy unique is that it is signed on the title page by Eric Shipton. I have seen his signature perhaps twenty times, and it appears to be authentic.  If this copy still had its dust jacket, the price would be double today's price. 

A true classic of Himalayan exploration. Eric Shipton and H.W. 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 and unclimbed peaks of the Shaksgam region north 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 2230 square miles 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 Sinkiang or Xinjiang.

This expedition, on the heels of their exploration of the untrodden Nanda Devi sanctuary, cemented their reputation for being mountain explorers of the first rank.
 
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 this 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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