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Lot 1435: F H & W H Workman THE CALL OF THE SNOWY HISPAR 1910 First Edition Antique Exploration Mountaineering India Plates Fold-Out Panoramas & Maps Decorative Binding
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Call of the Snowy Hispar: A Narrative of Exploration and Mountaineering on the Northern Frontier of India
Author: Fanny Bullock Workman - Fanny Bullock Workman was an American geographer, cartographer, explorer, travel writer, and mountaineer, notably in the Himalaya. She was one of the first female professional mountaineers; she not only explored but also wrote about her adventures. She achieved several women's altitude records, published eight travel books with her husband, and championed women's rights and women's suffrage.
The Workmans began their journeys with bicycle tours of Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Algeria and India. They cycled thousands of miles, sleeping wherever they could find shelter. They wrote books about each trip, with Fanny frequently commenting on the state of women's lives that she saw. Their early bicycle tour narratives were better received than their mountaineering books.
At the end of their cycling trip through India, the couple escaped to the Himalaya for the summer months and fell in love with climbing in these mountains. They returned to this unexplored region eight times over the next 14 years. Despite not having modern climbing equipment, the Workmans explored several glaciers and summited several mountains, eventually reaching 23,000 feet (7,000 m), a women's altitude record. They organized multiyear expeditions but struggled to remain on good terms with the local labor force. Coming from a position of American privilege and wealth, they failed to understand the position of the native workers and had difficulty with finding and negotiating for reliable porters.
, William Hunter Workman
Publisher: Constable and Company Ltd
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xvi/297 pages
Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: "Account of their fourth expedition in 1908. They explored the Hispar Glacier; then descended thr Biafo Glacier." Neate W122.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of this work, with an appendix by Count Dr. Cesare Calciati and Dr. Mathias Koncza.
This antique volume is bound in the original red cloth, and has been professionally rebacked with the original spine. Stamped gilt lettering appears on the spine and front cover. On the front cover, a bright pastedown with pictorial design in white and gray depicts two figures mountain climbing. The book shows moderate external wear, with sunning to the spine and very light edgewear. The binding is firm. The top edge of the text block is gilt. The title page is stamped "presentation copy" in upper right corner, and the notation "21/ - Net" appears at the top margin of the same. The pages are clean and without markings.
This work is illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece, fine photographic plates, several photogravures, five large fold-out panoramas, and two large fold-out maps. Some plates are accompanied by tissue guards bearing descriptive letterpress. Appendix 2 is signed at the end: "Alessandro Roccati."
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