The Red Snows: An Account of the British Caucasus Expedition, 1958 by Sir John Hunt & Christopher Brasher

The Red Snows: An Account of the British Caucasus Expedition, 1958 by Sir John Hunt & Christopher Brasher lands on the shelves of my shop.

The Travel Book Club, 1960, Hardback in dust wrapper.

From the cover: Five years after they first made application, a party of British mountaineers was given permission to climb in Soviet territory. Among them were Sir John Hunt, leader of the successful Everest expedition, and Christopher Brasher, Olympic athlete turned mountaineer.

Now their story of their visit to the picturesquely, and literally, named red snows of the Caucasus will fascinate all their fellow-mountaineers and everyone else as well who is looking for an unfamiliar view of modern Russia.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly spotted.

Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 176 pages. Index. 8½” x 5½”.

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Corsair Country: The Diary of a Journey Along the Barbary Coast by Xan Fielding

Corsair Country: The Diary of a Journey Along the Barbary Coast by Xan Fielding lands on the shelves of my shop.

The Travel Book Club, 1959, Hardback in dust wrapper.

From the cover: Mr. Fielding started on his journey from Tangier to Tripoli determined to re-discover the harbours and towns of the Barbary Coast pirates, to find what was left of the descendants of those ruthless and inspired sailors who terrorized the maritime nations of Europe for three centuries. But as he travelled eastwards from Morocco to Algiers and Tunis and on to the beginnings of the Libyan desert he found himself turning over the stones of history more ancient than that of the Corsairs the history of Europes struggle with Africa, of the perennial Christian crusade against the monolithic intransigence of Islam.

Corsair Country is the chronicle of a modern travellers journey which became a voyage from which has sprung all that is distinctively Latin and Christian in our civilization.

Good+ in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn, faded and somewhat grubby overall. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Pale Blue boards with Black titling to the Spine. 232 pages. Index. 8″ x 5¼”.

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The Jungle And The Damned by Hassoldt Davis

The Jungle And The Damned by Hassoldt Davis lands on the shelves of my shop.

The Travel Book Club, 1954, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps [1];

From the cover: This is the true story of the Hassoldt Davis exploration of French Guiana, inland from St. Laurent to the Tumuc Humac mountains of the Brazilian border. He was accompanied by his wife, who combined the roles of honeymooner and expedition photographer. The first stop before the 300-mile trek along the Maroni River was Devils Island and the penal settlements of Cayenne. The reader cannot but be touched by the stories Mr. Davis has to tell of life among the condemned, where good and bad are mingled as in the world outside. The main part of the book is concerned with the Maroni River exploratory journey, and the author describes the fantastic plant and animal life of this region (some of it, in fact, still unexplored) and the hardly less fantastic tribes who inhabit it. There were, for instance, the bisexual Rouccuyennes, the unseen Oyaricoulets who stalked the boat and left their inviting white markers or threatening red ones to comfort or alarm the travellers.

This is a fascinating book, giving a unique picture of a little-known part of the world which still retains its menace and its mystery. The superb photographs taken by the Daviss share the honours with the engrossing story.

Good+ in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with an untidy triangular nick to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.

Blue boards with Black titling to the Spine. 255 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.

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Birthplace Of The Winds by Ted Bank

Birthplace Of The Winds by Ted Bank lands on the shelves of my shop.

Robert Hale, 1957, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps;

FROM THE COVER: YOUNG TED BANK returned to the windswept, sea-circled island chain of the Aleutians, where he had been stationed during the war, to explore. He wanted to investigate the ancient buried caves and to study plant life, to discover what uses the Aleuts had made of plants in earlier days and what nutritive value such plants might have in case of shipwreck or plane crash.

Important as were his discoveries in the botanical field, he made others which will be even more interesting to the reader. One of the highlights of his story is the exciting discovery of thousand-year-old mummies in the burial caves only partially explored by Hrdlicka in an earlier expedition. But he also became immensely sympathetic to the Aleut people, studied their language, and made friends with them. When they came to trust him they had in the past grown wary of white men they told him their legends and described their ancient way of life. Theirs is a vanishing civilization; the Aleut population has dropped from about twenty thousand in 1741 to fewer than a thousand today. Decimated by the cruelty and greed of the Russians in the eighteenth century, ravaged by disease, and with their problems largely ignored by the American Government, few Aleuts will be alive to tell their story to future generations of anthropologists. Mr. Banks account of their life and culture, today and yesterday, may well prove unique.

Photographs, drawings and maps add further interest to a fresh and fascinating story of science and adventure.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a short, closed, tear to the head of the upper panel with further nicks, chips and fraying to the spine ends. Price Clipped. Pages lightly age-tanned.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 274 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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The Lost World Of The Amazon by Franz Eichhorn

The Lost World Of The Amazon by Franz Eichhorn lands on the shelves of my shop.

The Travel Book Club, 1955, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps [1];

From the cover: THIS is the thrilling story of the making of one of the most brilliant documentary films Franz Eichhorns famous expedition into the Green Hell of the Amazon.

It is a story of skill, doggedness and tremendous endurance. After a first attempt during which one of their party died, the team managed to drag their heavy equipment through tangled forest and over a lacework of rivers and primeval swamps, fighting fever and intense heat, until their work was complete: an unforgettable record of nightmarish beasts and strange people.

Under enormous difficulties the expedition succeeded in taking the first underwater shots of the notorious cannibal fish, the piranha. In the River of a Thousand Crocodiles, they filmed the giant jacares; in the jungles of Altamira they found the last survivors of a white-skinned Indian race. A successful hunt for the zoological monster the butterfly with the crocodile head suddenly changed to high drama in a life-or-death struggle with a giant anaconda.

Franz Eichhorn is justly world-famous for his documentary work. His expedition deep into the Amazon resulted in cinema history, permanent and astounding proof of this mysterious, terrifying, lost world where time has truly stood still.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying at the spine ends and corners. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty.

Red boards with Black titling to the Spine. 188 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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The Heart Of Nepal by Duncan Forbes

The Heart Of Nepal by Duncan Forbes lands on the shelves of my shop.

The Travel Book Club, 1962, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Maps [1];

From the cover: This book by a Major in the Royal Army Educational Corps, who has seen service in many lands of the East, is an attempt to express his fascination for a country which, during his residence there, captured his enthusiasm more than any other land he has visited. The contrasts between the fertile, thickly populated Valley of Nepal with its ancient civilization, only now being awakened to the possibilities and realities of modern life, and the simple, hardy existence in the mountains that surround it; between the mighty scale of the countryside, beside which the Alps look like mere hillocks, and the minute detail of the imagination of the people, as shown in their art and culture, all contributed to this fascination.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Blue boards with Black titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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Black Elephant Hunter by Kevin Duffy

Black Elephant Hunter by Kevin Duffy lands on the shelves of my shop.

The Travel Book Club, 1960, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Maps [1];

From the cover: Black Elephant Hunter is an authentic account of elephant hunting in the Luangwa Valley, Northern Rhodesia, where the author, a young Dubliner, went on safari to record on cine film the tracking and final dispatch of a bull elephant by a black hunter named Yose, armed with an ancient muzzle-loader.

Black Elephant Hunter is an unusual story which creates, a unique picture of this vast and largely unexplored tract of the African Continent.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a nick to the foot of the upper panel and fraying to the foot of the spine. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.

Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 208 pages. 8″ x 5¼”.

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