BAUME, Louis Sivalaya - The 8000 metre peaks of the Himalaya Reading, Gastons-West Publications, .
8vo. Original orange cloth, printed in green on spine, with illustrated dust jacket; pp. 316; some chipping to dust wrapper, otherwise very good; with a moving typed and signed letter by the author tipped in.
First edition. An intense history of the exploration of the Himalaya, from the earliest records to 1977. It is divided into two sections - Part One concerns the overall survey of the Himalayan range, including orography, cartography and mountaineering trends. Part Two concerns a chronicle of expeditions taken up the 14 peaks, illustrated with drawings and maps. - In the letter Louis Baume announces his retirement from the mountaineering booktrade in 1993. Tipped in as well is his obituary published in the Daily Telegraph.