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The Indian Alps and How We Crossed Them. Being A Narrative Of Two Years' Residence In The Himalaya And Two Months' Tour Into The Interior. By A Lady Pioneer.
1876 - London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1876. Royal 8vo. Publisher's original red cloth, vignette of the author carried by bearers in gilt to central panel of upper cover, elaborate gilt border to vignette, vignette of tents among trees at foot of spine, lettered in gilt, top edges gilt; pp. xvi, 612; 10 chromolithographic plates after the author, numerous woodcut illustrations to text, 1 large folding lithographic map, border colouring in pink, author's routes in red; binding a little rubbed and marked, occasional foxing to margins of plates and to tissue-guards, in general a nice copy. First edition. The author, along with her Army chaplain husband and bearers, followed the Nepal-Sikkim frontier along the Singalila Ridge. Her account of the climb up into the Himalayas begins very much as a travelogue, full of purple prose and comments on the peoples and scenery the party encountered. As they get higher into the mountains, however, the deteriorating weather, the difficulty of the terrain and the failure of supplies take their toll. The author's compelling narrative captures well the sufferings of the party. Coupled with the striking illustrations of the breathtaking landscapes through which they passed, this is quite properly a 'handsome volume' (Neate). Nina was 'the first Englishwoman to have travelled so far into the eastern Himalaya' (Robinson, Wayward Women). Yakushi M126; Neate M74. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd]
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