Karakoram and Western Himalaya 1909: An Account of the Expedition of HRH Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy Duke of the Abruzzi: Filippi, Filippo de
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Karakoram and Western Himalaya 1909: An Account of the Expedition of HRH Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy Duke of the Abruzzi

Author(s): Filippi, Filippo de

Copyright: 1912, Constable, London
Specifications: 1st, thick 4to, 2 vol, vol I pp.xvii, 469, frontis, 25 bw plates, 2 color & 228 bw photos (7 pans), apps, teg, uncut, w/ vol II List of Pans, Maps & Index, 18 bw fldg pans, 3 color fldg maps, 16-page Index pamphlet, orig 1/4 vellum/green buckram slipcase
Condition: xlib, vol I spine darkened/rubbed, ‘Glasgow Herald Library’ stamp bottom title page, blindstamp ‘Presentation Copy’ title page, tight, vol II spine darkened/worn, two lib stamps on pamphlet cover, box corners opened, pans/maps w/ orig folds, no tears, vg-

A Presentation Copy of the Scarce ¼ Vellum Binding Edition

The Duke of Abruzzi’s 1909 expedition to K2 was a major undertaking. In addition to reaching 6640m on the Abruzzi Ridge, they surveyed, mapped, and photographed a large portion of the Baltoro Glacier. They also attempted Chogolisa, reaching 7400m, and Skyang Kangri, reaching 6600m.

This is a wonderful book with photos by Vittorio Sella and includes the slipcase of large folding panoramas, up to 46.5” in length, and maps to accompany Fillippi’s narrative. There are several binding variants of this book. The UK edition had red buckram, green buckram, ¼ vellum/green buckram, and full vellum De Luxe edition variants. The US edition had a green buckram binding. The ¼ vellum/green buckram binding offered here is much less common. I have not noted any other library markings beyond those mentioned above. This is a cornerstone item for any mountaineering collection. A scarce classic.

Neate F26, Perret 1657, Yak F34b (1st ed), F53b (2nd ed), F71b (3rd ed), F77b (4th ed).





















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