Hard Cover. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1977. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
New edition (first published 1969). Personal copy of mountaineer George Lowe, with his bookplate adhered to the verso of the front free endpaper. Publisher's brown cloth, lettered in gilt, pictorial endpapers illustrated with a topographical map of Central and South East Asia; in the original pictorial dust jacket, designed by BIRO. Near fine, with some light soiling to the otherwise fresh binding, bright and clean interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some very minor rubbing to the extremities, a few faint spots of light soiling, else bright and fresh. Overall, a clean and very attractive copy. That Untravelled World is the autobiography of British mountaineer Eric Shipton, who was best known for his contributions to the exploration of Mount Everest that served as the foundation for the 1953 ascent. Shipton climbed both before WWII on the Tibetan (North) side and on the South side after Nepal opened its borders in 1950. Notably, he led the 1951 British Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition, celebrated both for pioneering the route that would lead the 1953 expedition team to the first successful ascent and for capturing photographs of what they believed to be Yeti footprints. Indeed, Shipton, who preferred the alpine style of small climbing parties, was initially supposed to lead the 1953 expedition, but was replaced by John Hunt because of the Himalayan Committee's preference for large, siege-style expeditions. In addition to his experiences on Everest, Shipton chronicles his climbs in the Himalayas, the Karakoram, and the Andes in this autobiography.