Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: OP1798-8812
TWO MOUNTAINS AND A RIVER H.W. Tilman 1949 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine-Fine Multiple Copies Available
By Tilman, H. W.
Price: $29.99

List Price: $150.00
You Save $120.01 (80%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description

Cambridge, 1949, 1st edition. 233 pp, 84 b/w photos. Blue cloth hardcover with dust jacket. Near Fine to Fine.

Attempts to climb Rakaposhi, Mustagh Ata, and visit to the source of the Oxus River.

A scarce book, this is one of the classic mid-twentieth century texts for mountaineers, explorers and adventurers, in which the author treks and climbs including Kashgar, Tashkurghan, Rakaposhi, the Kukuay Glacier, The Fainyor Nallah, Muztagh Ata, Kashgar, the source of the Oxus, Sarhad, Gilgit, and Ishkashim (where the author was arrested!), and others. The book has the noted Tilman qualities, sense of place, descriptive powers, never-failing humor, affection for many kinds of men, and a not too intolerant hate for a few. A unique work by a noted traveler, writer, and raconteur. 

Wikipedia: Major Harold William 'Bill' Tilman, CBE, DSO, MC and Bar (14 February 1898–1977) was a mountaineer and explorer, famous for his Himalayan climbs and sailing voyages.

Tilman was born on 14 February 1898 in Wallasey in Cheshire, the son of a well-to-do sugar merchant and educated at Berkhamsted Boys school. At the age of 18, Tilman joined the British Army and fought in the First World War, including the Battle of the Somme, and was twice awarded the Military Cross for bravery. His climbing career, however, began with his acquaintance with Eric Shipton in Kenya, East Africa, where they were both coffee growers. Beginning with their joint traverse of Mount Kenya in 1929 and their ascents of Kilimanjaro and the fabled 'Mountains of the Moon' Ruwenzori, Shipton and Tilman formed one of the most famed partnerships in mountaineering history. When it came time to leave Africa, Tilman was not content with merely flying home but rode a bicycle across the continent to the West Coast where he embarked for England.

He later volunteered for service in the Second World War, seeing action in North Africa, and on the beaches at Dunkirk. He then was dropped by parachute behind enemy lines to fight with Albanian and Italian partisans, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his efforts, and the keys to the city of Belluno which he helped save from occupation and destruction.

Tilman was involved in two of the 1930s Mount Everest expeditions - participating in the 1935 Reconnaisance Expedition, and reaching 27,200 feet without oxygen as the expedition leader in 1938. After penetrating the Nanda Devi sanctuary with Eric Shipton in 1934, Tilman went on to the first ascent of Nanda Devi with Noel Odell in 1936. During his extensive exploration of the areas of Langtang, Ganesh and Manang in 1949 he was the first to ascend Paldor, 5896 metres and found the pass named after him beyond Gangchempo.

Following his military career behind enemy lines in the Second World War, Tilman took up deep sea sailing. Sailing in deep seas on the cutter Mischief, which he purchased in 1954, and subsequently on his other pilot cutters 'Sea Breeze' and 'Baroque', Tilman voyaged to Arctic and Antarctic waters in search of new and uncharted mountains to climb. Tilman disappeared during a sailing trip to climb Smith Island in the Antarctic in 1977. He had accompanied the youthful Simon Richardson and his crew aboard an old, converted steel tug. They made it successfully and without incident to Rio de Janeiro, but disappeared without trace on their way to the Falkland Islands. Tilman was almost 80 years of age.

He has been described by some as a self-indulgent risk taker impervious to the sensitivities of others; one who had little time for those who didn’t live up to his high standards and expectations; and he was even accused of disliking women. In reality, these labels were grossly inaccurate, for he was in fact a very shy, private man who was self-effacing and hated publicity. He was a deep thinker, an avid reader of the classics, and although he never married, he adored his sister and two nieces with whom he lived when not on some distant shore.

Tilman had a great sense of humour, perhaps too subtle for many of his listeners. It was one of his greatest joys to laugh at himself, and see the funny side of life's little foibles. An example is his 'discovery' of Tilman's Disease, characterized as 'the inability to put one foot before the other'. He wrote seven books about his mountain travels, and eight books on his years sailing to extreme climates. One of the last 'gentleman adventurers', Bill Tilman's stoic and courageous exploits have earned him a place of honour as one of the greatest in the pantheon of explorers.


Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
ALPINE JOURNAL 100s OF INDIVIDUAL ISSUES LISTED HERE! PAPERBACK, WRAPPERS or HARDCOVER ISSUES 1863-1986
By: Alpine Club UK
Price $10.00
- Item # JR207B
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TWO MOUNTAINS AND A RIVER. Tilman 1949 1st edition No DJ VG Ex Lib
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $5.01 (20%)
- Item # OP1798E-877
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE SEVEN MOUNTAIN TRAVEL BOOKS H.W. Tilman 1985 Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple copies available
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $19.96 (40%)
- Item # OP1556B-8632
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE LAST HERO: BILL TILMAN: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE EXPLORER Tim Madge 1995 1st ed Hardcover DJ New Multiple Copies Available
By: Madge, Tim
Price $7.99 ~ Regular $24.95, You Save $16.96 (68%)
- Item # OP928-86117
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NEPAL HIMALAYA H. W. Tilman 1952 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $75.00 ~ Regular $275.00, You Save $200.00 (73%)
- Item # OP386C-874
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NEPAL HIMALAYA H. W. Tilman 1952 1st UK ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $70.00, You Save $40.01 (57%)
- Item # OP386D-874
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CHINA TO CHITRAL H. W. Tilman 1951 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $45.01 (60%)
- Item # OP1738B-8732
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ICE WITH EVERYTHING H. W. Tilman 1974 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $45.00, You Save $35.01 (78%)
- Item # PL1550-9582
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNT EVEREST 1938 H.W. Tilman 1948 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine 3 Copies Available
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $79.95 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $70.05 (47%)
- Item # OP180D-8793
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
WHEN MEN AND MOUNTAINS MEET. H.W. Tilman 1946 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Very Good Multiple Copies Available
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $39.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $35.01 (47%)
- Item # OP80A-8732
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNT EVEREST 1938 H.W. Tilman 1948 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine 3 Copies Available
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $79.95 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $70.05 (47%)
- Item # OP180D-8793
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
WHEN MEN AND MOUNTAINS MEET. H.W. Tilman 1946 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Very Good Multiple Copies Available
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $39.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $35.01 (47%)
- Item # OP80A-8732
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TWO MOUNTAINS AND A RIVER. Tilman 1949 1st edition No DJ VG Ex Lib
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $5.01 (20%)
- Item # OP1798E-877
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CHINA TO CHITRAL H. W. Tilman 1951 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $45.01 (60%)
- Item # OP1738B-8732
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NEPAL HIMALAYA H. W. Tilman 1952 1st UK ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $70.00, You Save $40.01 (57%)
- Item # OP386D-874
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NEPAL HIMALAYA H. W. Tilman 1952 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $75.00 ~ Regular $275.00, You Save $200.00 (73%)
- Item # OP386C-874
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE SEVEN MOUNTAIN TRAVEL BOOKS H.W. Tilman 1985 Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple copies available
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $19.96 (40%)
- Item # OP1556B-8632
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ICE WITH EVERYTHING H. W. Tilman 1974 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Tilman, H. W.
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $45.00, You Save $35.01 (78%)
- Item # PL1550-9582
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
FINNISH NEPAL TOPO MAP #33 RASUWAGADHI Fine
By: Nepal Topo Map
Price $8.99 ~ Regular $19.95, You Save $10.96 (55%)
- Item # MP152-957
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MORE TRAILS IN PIKES PEAK COUNTRY Zoltan Malocsay 1994 1st ed Softcover Fine
By: Malocsay, Zoltan
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $19.95, You Save $14.96 (75%)
- Item # GB7514-942
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
DER BERG RUFT! [THE MOUNTAIN CALLS!] Martin Uitz 2000 Catalog Softcover Fine
By: Uitz, Martin
Price $1.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $18.01 (90%)
- Item # OP3784-944
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
1989 ASCENT: SIERRA CLUB MOUNTAINEERING JOURNAL Near Fine-Fine SIGNED by Steve Roper and Allen Steck Multiple Copies Available
By: Sierra Club, Steve Roper and Allen Steck
Price $35.00 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $64.95 (65%)
- Item # JR171A-1053
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NO PICNIC ON MOUNT KENYA Felice Benuzzi 2015 New All Time Best Edition edition Softcover Color Illustrated Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Benuzzi, Felice
Price $3.99 ~ Regular $30.00, You Save $26.01 (87%)
- Item # BK23E-86219
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SPORT CLIMBING: ALL ABOUT SPORTS Frederica Balteri 2001 1st ed New Hardcover DJ Multiple Copies Available
By: Balteri, Frederica, etc.
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $19.95, You Save $14.96 (75%)
- Item # BK2056-9672
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
FINNISH NEPAL TOPO MAP #10 KIMATHANKA Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Nepal Topo Map
Price $8.99 ~ Regular $19.95, You Save $10.96 (55%)
- Item # MP129-9572
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LOST LHASA: HEINRICH HARRER'S TIBET Heinrich Harrer 1992 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine [Not Signed]
By: Harrer, Heinrich
Price $39.95 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $10.05 (20%)
- Item # BK592-948p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CENTURY ATLAS HEMISPHERES SHOWING HEIGHT OF LAND, DEPTH OF WATER HAND COLORED 1887-1911 Original (Not a modern copy) Very Good-Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Antiquarian Maps and Charts
Price $149.99 ~ Regular $275.00, You Save $125.01 (45%)
- Item # RM51-1083p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE FOOL'S PROGRESS (AN HONEST NOVEL) Edward Abbey 1988 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Abbey, Edward
Price $49.95 ~ Regular $500.00, You Save $450.05 (90%)
- Item # OP3317-882
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart