'there have been few achievements in the history of Himalayan mountaineering as outstanding as buhl's solitary summit climb'
HERRLIGKOFFER, Karl M. Nanga Parbat. Incorporating the Official Report of the Expedition of 1953. Translated and Additional Material supplied by Eleanor Brockett and Anton Ehrenzweig. Foreword by Brig. John Hunt. London, Elek Books, .
8vo. Original light-blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, original dustwrapper; pp. 254, [2 (blank)], colour-printed photographic frontispiece and 8 colour-printed photographic plates, monochrome photographic illustrations printed recto-and-verso on 23 plates, 6 maps in the text, 3 full-page, one double-page, letterpress tables in the text; dustwrapper with minor rubbing, tearing and chipping at extremities; a very good copy, provenance: George Lowe's Trans-Antarctic bookplate inside front cover, presentation inscription by Betty, dated 1955, on opposite fly-leaf.
First English edition, published in the same year as the first German edition and incorporating additional material. Herrligkoffer's account of the successful German first ascent of Nanga Parbat by Hermann Buhl includes a summary of earlier attempts, and appendices on equipment, porters, oxygen and metereological observations. 'The official account of the dramatic first ascent of Nanga Parbat, which came but five weeks after Everest. The Austrian climber Herman Buhl reached the summit after a 4,000-foot solo climb which stunned the mountaineering world. This success came after five expeditions and a reconnaissance between 1895 and 1939 [...] In all, thirty-two men perished on Nanga Parbat between 1895 and 1950, earning it the name "The Killer Mountain" [...] There have been few achievements in the history of Himalayan mountaineering as outstanding as Buhl's solitary summit climb of the 26,000-foot peak, followed by his bivouac without protection above 26,000 feet' (Cox).
Cox, Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering and Mountain Travel from the Francis B. Farquhar Collection, 54; Neate H73; Perret 2227; Yakushi H267b.
Provenance: The New Zealand-born mountaineer George Lowe was a member of the 1953 British Mount Everest Expedition led by John Hunt. Between 1955 and 1958 Lowe joined the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition which mamaged to cross the continent, and was the first expedition to reach the Soth Pole since Amundsen.