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THE SCOTTISH HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION W.H. Murray 1951 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By Murray, W.H.
Price: $245.00


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London, 1951, 1st edition. 282 pp, 36 b/w plates. Blue cloth hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has minor wear at top, else Very Fine.

We bought this book from the family of a gentleman who climbed in the Canadian Rockies in the  1920s to 1930s. He always hired guides, and we know he climbed with Conrad Kain. The chances are this book was never sold as a used book until now.

Five peaks were climbed. A small expedition to the Garhwal Himalaya with Tom Weir, Douglas Scott and Tom MacKinnon. They climbed five mountains, including making the first ascent of Uja Tirche and forcing the Girthi Gorge. 

One of the greatest quotes in a mountaineering book comes from Murray's Scottish Himalayan Expedition.
 
A quotation by Murray is widely misattributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The following passage occurs near the beginning of Murray's The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951):
''... but when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!''

The 'Goethe couplet' referred to here is from an extremely loose translation of Faust lines 214-30 made by John Anster in 1835.


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