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Paititi: Ein Spähtrupp in die Vergangenheit der Inkas [Paititi: A Retreat into the Past of the Incas]

Author(s): Ertl, Hans

Copyright: 1956, Nymphenburger, München
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.176, 53 bw photos, 3 maps, map ep, yellow cloth
Condition: signed, dj unclipped, near fine, cloth fine

Ertl (1908-2000) was a German mountaineer and cinematographer who worked with Leni Riefenstahl and Erwin Rommel (the Desert Fox) on Nazi propaganda films. His climbing career included a number of first ascents – Königspitze north face (1930), Ortler north face (1931), Sia Kangri (1934), Illimani North (1950), as well as the second ascent of Illampu (1951). Ertl was also a member of Karl Herrligkoffer's 1953 German-Austrian expedition to Nanga Parbat on which Hermann Buhl made the first ascent. It was Ertl who made the now-famous photo of Buhl upon his descent from the summit. Ertl also appeared in the 1935 film Der Dämon des Himalaya (Demon of the Himalayas).

In the 1950s, Ertl moved to South America and conducted several expeditions in Bolivia to try and uncover Paititi, considered by some to be the lost Inca city of gold. This book is his account of the 1954/55 German Andean-Amazon Expedition to the region of Cerro Paititi (3150m). It was Ertl who claimed to have discovered the city at the foot of its namesake mountain. To this date the exact location of Paititi is unknown, if it existed at all. In German, no English translation. An uncommon signed copy.

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