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Freshfield, Douglas W.; Sella, Vittorio; et al (Photographs)
Round Kangchenjunga; A Narrative of Mountain Travel and Exploration
London: Edward Arnold, 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. Sella, Vittorio. First printing, quarto size, 392 pp., plus plates, maps, and folding panorama. This work by Douglas William Freshfield (1845-1934), enhanced by photographs of the great mountain photographer Vittorio Sella (1859-1943), is considered by many to be one of the best of the classic books on mountaineering. At the time the trip was taken, although the team had the authorization of the ruler of Sikkim, they had none by Nepal as it was then a closed kingdom. The expedition lasted seven weeks, and when they descended into Nepal, "[t]he first villagers they met...were astonished to learn that this tattered group had come down from the north" (n.b., quote from "Summit, Vittorio Sella, Mountaineer and Photographer the Years 1879-1909", published by Aperture in 1999, p. 67). Freshfield began mountaineering as a young man, making the first ascent of the Tour Ronde in 1867. It was in 1899, after contemplating and planning the trip for many years, that he travelled to Green Lakes with Sella, already known as an accomplished mountain photographer. Freshfield became the first mountaineer to explore the western face of Kangchenjunga (the third highest mountain in the world), which he clearly loved; as he wrote in the book's Preface, he was convinced that "nowhere else on the earth's surface can there be found, within so small a radius, a combination of tropical luxuriance, sylvan beauty, and mountain sublimity equal to that which meets the traveller's eyes among the valleys and highlands of Sikhim and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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