YOUNGHUSBAND, Sir Francis Edward, and Major E. MOLYNEUX [illustrations]. Kashmir. London, Adam & Charles Black, 1909.
8vo. Original dark red cloth with an intricate design printed in blue, green and yellow on the upper board and the spine, letters blocked in dark brown on the spine, top edge gilt; 70 colour-plate illustrations, captioned on the tissue guards, pull-out map at the end of the volume; very light fading and minor rubbing to cloth, very few minor spots internally, a very good copy.
First edition. ‘A & C Black’s Twenty Shilling series of colour plate books, published from 1901 onwards, brought the world into the home at a time when travel, especially overseas, was much more difficult than it is today. For the first time books containing large numbers of colour plates – up to 100 per volume – were made available to the public at an affordable price.’ (Inman)
Provenance: From the library of the mountaineer and soldier Tony Streather (1926-2018), who had come 'to mountain climbing by chance. Staying on in the subcontinent after independence and partition between India and Pakistan, as aide-de-camp to the governor of North West Frontier Province, Streather was the last British officer serving under a Pakistani commanding officer when, in 1950, a Norwegian expedition led by the ecologist Arne Næss arrived in the region with the intention of climbing Tirich Mir (7,708m), the highest mountain in the Hindu Kush' (obiturary in The Guardian). Further high-altitude exploits included joining the 1953 American Karakoram Expedition to K-2 (reaching 7,800m), and participating in the first ascent of Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world in 1955. This made him the first man ever to climb two peaks of over 25,000 feet.