HARRER, Heinrich.

Seven Years in Tibet.

Translated by Richard Graves.

New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc., 1954 Stock Code: 141038

Presentation copy of this remarkable, best-selling account of pre-invasion Tibet

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First US edition, first printing, published the preceding year in the UK and in German in 1952. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on recto of double-page title page, "To Sylvia & Richard Tobin, with best wishes from, H. Harrer, two line inscription in Tibetan, New York, April 1954"; with Richard Tobin's penciled signature on the front free endpaper.

An excellent provenance: Richard L. Tobin, editor and long-serving reporter for the New York Herald Tribune (1932-56), was their most prominent war correspondent. He and Harrer shared the same publisher, E. P. Dutton, who had published Tobin's Invasion Journal in 1944.

"This is the action-packed story of a young adventurer's escape from a British internment camp in India during World War II and his dramatic trek through rugged Himalayan passes to sanctuary in the Forbidden City of Lhasa" (jacket blurb). Harrer (1912-2006) was a distinguished Austrian mountaineer, part of the four-man team who made the first successful ascent of the north face of the Eiger in 1938. Seven Years in Tibet was a runaway best-seller and translated into 53 languages. It gives a glimpse of the old Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950.

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Octavo. Original red quarter cloth, gilt-lettered spine, black cloth covers with gilt stamp of Lhasa to front cover. With the dust jacket. Housed in a smart custom sand-yellow cloth solander box.


Double-page title page, 45 illustrations from photographs, and double-page regional map.


Jacket spine sunned, slight crease and closed tear at head of front panel, slight abrasion to same. Spine of binding patchily faded, offsetting from jacket to pastedowns, yet this remains a very good copy in a superior example of the jacket.


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