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FIRST ASCENT OF MANASLU IN PHOTOGRAPHS 1952-56 [Manaslu First Ascent in English] Yoshinori Yoda Japan 1956 1st ed Slipcase Fine Multiple copies available
By Yoda, Yoshinori, Mainichi Newspapers
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Tokyo, Japan, Mainichi Newspapers, 1956, 1st edition. 19 pp text, 9 color photos,  177 b/w photos, maps,  Neate J17. This book is a tall hardcover, 12'' high x 8 1/2'' wide and is bound in a tan cloth with a silver inlay on the cover for the title. Includes the original black slipcase as shown in the large photo above. 

The slipcase has the title in written in Japanese on one side, and English on the other. The text in the book is in both Japanese and English.  The spine title is in Japanese, the cover title is in silver, shown below. There are no marks or writing on any pages. No pages are stained, foxed, torn or creased or folded. No missing pages.  The slipcase has edge wear; and is otherwise VG - Near Fine condition overall. 



Above: The Title on the cover, 2'' x 3 1/2''. 



Above, the cover in full, size is 12'' x 8 1/2''. 

This is a large format book, we will request extra postage for Priority Mail or International Mail.

Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres  or 26,781 feet above sea level. This book is primarily a photo essay of the Japanese mountaineering expeditions to Manaslu from the reconnaissance in 1952 through the first ascent in 1956.

This is one of the most desirable books on Manaslu, one of the 14 first ascents of the 8000-meter peaks.  There is no long text telling the expedition's story. The story is told through the photos, which all have captions in English as well as Japanese. The expedition was sponsored by the Mainichi Newspapers, and the book was published by Mainichi as well. 

With a summit at 8163 meters, Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain on earth. It is located in the Nepal Himalaya in the Gandaki Section of the Gurkha Himal. The name means mountain of the spirit. 

One of the first westerners to explore it was H.W. Tilman in 1950, but his expedition did little more than photograph the mountain since they weren't prepared to climb such a big, remote peak. In 1952 the Japanese made a reconnaissance of the mountain, and then sent big expeditions until finally making the first ascent in 1956.

After WW2, all the major belligerents burst out of their gates and headed for the Himalaya and Karakoram. In ten years all the 8000, peaks except Shishapangma were climbed. The Japanese had their heart set on Manaslu, and in 4 years, 1952-1956, they sent 4 expeditions to climb Manaslu. This resulted in three books, mostly in Japanese, but with photo captions and a summary of the expedition in English.   
The titles of the three Manaslu books are:
Manaslu 1952-53.  Japanese Alpine Club
Manaslu 1954-56    Japanese Alpine Club
ASCENT OF MANASLU IN PHOTOGRAPHS 1952-56.  Mainichi Newspapers
Manaslu Timeline

1950 - H W. Tilman made a reconnaissance of Manaslu and believed there was a potential route to the top via the northeast.
 
1952 - A Japanese reconnaissance party reached 5275m or 17,300' on the east side. Only God knows how the Japanese managed to mount a Himalayan expedition only seven years after Hiroshima. 
 
1953 - The first serious attempt to climb Manaslu was made by a Japanese team of 15 climbers, who attempted to summit via the Northeast face. Three climbers made a summit attempt reaching 7750 m/25,425' before turning back.

1954 - A Japanese team approaching from the Buri Gandaki route to the peak and faced a hostile group of villagers. Ugly incidents occurred and the attempt was abandoned. 

1956 - Toshio Imanishi and Gyaltsen Norbu (Sherpa) made the first ascent of Manaslu on May 9, 1956. The Japanese expedition was led by Maki Yūkō, also known as Aritsune Maki.


1971 - On May 17, Kazuharu Kohara and Motoki, part of an 11-man Japanese team, reached the summit via the NW spur.
 
1971 - Kim Ho-Sup led a Korean expedition attempt via the Northeast. Kim Ki-Sup fell to his death on May 4.
 
1972 - An Austrian expedition led by Wolfgang Nairz made a first ascent of a route via the SW face. The south-west face was climbed for the first time by Reinhold Messner as part of this Austrian expedition.
 
1972 - Koreans attempt the Northeast Face route. On April 10, an avalanche buried their camp at 6,500 m (21,300 ft), killing 15 climbers including 10 Sherpas, plus the Korean expedition leader Kim Ho-sup, and Kazunari Yasuhisa from Japan.

1973 - On April 22, Gerhard Schmatz, Gerhard, Sigi Hupfauer and a Sherpa climber reached the summit via the Northeast face.
 
1974 - On May 4, an all-female Japanese expedition reached the summit, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak. One climber died on May 5 when she fell between camps 4 and 5.
 
1975 - On April 26, Gerald Garcia, Jeronimo Lopez and Sonam Sherpa of a Spanish expedition reached the summit via the Northeast face.
 
1984 - On January 14, Maciej Berbeka and Ryszard Gajewski of a Polish expedition made the first winter ascent of Manaslu via the normal route.

1986 - Jerzy Kukuczka, Artur Hajzer, and Carlos Carsolio made the first climb of the east summit 7894 m of Manaslu. The next day, Kukuczka and Hajzer reached the higher summit via a new route, ascending the east ridge and descending the north-east face, on his way to climbing all 14 8000m peaks.
 
1993 - On May 2, Sepp Brunner, Gerhard Floßmann, Sepp Hinding and Dr. Michael Leuprecht reached the summit via the normal route, and descended with skis from 7,000 meters to the base camp. The Austrian expedition was guided by Arthur Haid.
 
1997 - Colorado's own Charlie Mace made the first American ascent.
 
2002 - On May 13, five Americans and two Sherpas reach the summit.
 
2006 - On May 29, Australian mountaineer Sue Fear died after falling into a crevasse on her descent after summiting. She was a friend of mountaineer Lincoln Hall, who survived a night exposed near Everest's summit.

According to the Himalayan Database, on Manaslu 64 people have died and about 672 summited since 1952 and through the Autumn of 2012. This is 10% of the number of people who have climbed Mount Everest. 


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