To the Third Pole: The History of the High Himalaya
Dyhrenfurth, GŁnter-Oskar; [Lowe, George]
Price: 350.00 USD
London: Werner Laurie, 1955. Signed. Contributions by Erwin Schneider. Translated by Hugh Merrick. First English edition, first printing. Personal copy of mountaineer George Lowe, with his bookplate adhered to the front pastedown. Inscribed by Lowe on the half-title: "George Lowe / 1955." Publisher's tan cloth, lettered in black, top edge yellow; in the original pictorial black and white dust jacket, lettered in yellow. Near fine, with some light wear to the spine ends, minor soiling to the extremities, a few faint spots to the fore edges, minor offsetting to the rear free endpaper, otherwise fresh interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some wear and rubbing to the extremities, light toning to the spine, a few minor nicks to the spine ends, faint soiling to the rear panel. Overall, a tight and pleasing copy. To the Third Pole is an account of the "Eight Thousanders," or the "small company" of mountains above 26,000 feet (8,000 meters), which the author argues "constitute a third field of 'polar' endeavor." Specifically, he focuses on Mount Everest, K2 (Chogori), Kangchenjunga, Lhoste, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Cho Oyou, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Anapurna, Hidden Peak, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, and Gosainthan. For each peak, Dyhrenfurth gives a brief geological description, an account of attempted summits, and predictions about potential for ascension. In addition to the 8,000 meter peaks, of which only two had been summited at the time of this book's publication, Dyhrenfurth provides a brief list of "Seven Thousanders" and their climbing histories. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included. 1st English Edition. Near Fine.