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NEWBY, Eric.

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush.

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Published: London Secker & Warburg, 1958

Stock Code: 129332

£1,250
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OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "With best wishes, Eric Newby, November 24th 1958". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed, as "Eirc" (dated 11 December 1958), from Newby to the recipient of the book Ross Higgins, and a newspaper clipping with a related photograph of Newby at the reception discussed in the letter. Ross Higgins was a bookseller in Glasgow, Secretary to the Scottish Branch of the Booksellers Association, and Honourary Secretary of the Scottish Mountaineering Club. Newby's "hilarious and seminal travel book in which he recounted his amateurish exploits" (ODNB) details the expedition with his friend Hugh Carless around the Nuristan mountains of Afghanistan, ostensibly to make the first mountaineering ascent of Mir Samir. The work includes a description of their inadequate practice walk in Wales, and an encounter with English explorer and travel writer Wilfred Thesiger.

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Description

Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles and star design to spine in silver on pink background. With the photographic dust jacket.

Illustrations

Photographic frontispiece, 12 photographic plates, and two folding maps.

Condition

Spine very gently rolled and a little faded at ends, minor rubbing to extremities, glue residue to rear pastedown; a near-fine copy in the jacket with creasing to extremities, nicks to tips and spine ends, two short closed tears to foot of rear panel, tape repair to verso, subsequent faint mark to head of front flap and front panel fold.

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