Seven Years in Tibet.

“Wherever I live, I shall feel homesick for Tibet": First American Edition of Seven Years in Tibet; Lengthily Inscribed by Heinrich Harrer and By His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Seven Years in Tibet.

HARRER, Heinrich [His Holiness The Dalai Lama].

$9,800.00

Item Number: 112165

New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1954.

First American edition of Harrer’s classic account, signed by Harrer and The Dalai Lama. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with over 40 photographs. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Heinrich Harrer in both English and Tibetan on the half-title page, “To Mrs. Rosser with best wishes in remembrance of my lecture in Philadelphia from H. Harrer Jan. 1955.” Additionally signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who was tutored by Harrer while he living in Tibet. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Richard Graves. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by both Harrer and The Dalai Lama.

Seven Years in Tibet is an adventure classic that recounts Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's 1943 escape from a British internment camp in India, his daring trek across the Himalayas, and his happy sojourn in Tibet, then, as now, a remote land little visited by foreigners. Warmly welcomed, he eventually became tutor to the Dalai Lama, teenaged god-king of the theocratic nation. The author's vivid descriptions of Tibetan rites and customs capture its unique traditions before the Chinese invasion in 1950, which prompted Harrer's departure. "One of the grandest and most incredible adventure stories I have ever read" (Santha Rama Rau, The New York Times Book Review). It was made into the 1997 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, starring Brad Pitt and David Thewlis, the score was composed by John Williams and features cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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