Finely Bound Complete Collection of The Himalayan Journal: 1926-2001; from the library of Adventurer Steve Fossett
The Himalayan Journal. Records of the Himalayan Club.
The Himalayan Club.$6,500.00
Item Number: 95149
Calcutta: The Clarendon Press; and Bombay: Oxford University Press, 1929-2001.
Finely bound complete collection of The Himalayan Journal from 1929 to 2001. Octavo, 57 volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised gilt bands, illustrated with numerous maps, photogravures and panoramas. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. Provenance: from the collection of mountaineer Sir Peter Holmes, former president of the Hakluyt Society. Holmes and his wife, also a keen mountaineer, embarked on what would become a two-year honeymoon in the Himalayas in 1955. where they climbed 14 virgin peaks, which Holmes would later describe as “foothills compared to Everest – nothing higher than 22,000 feet.” In fine condition. An exceptional collection with noted provenance.
The Himalayan Club was founded in Calcutta in 1928 with the stated mission "to encourage and assist Himalayan travel and exploration, and to extend knowledge of the Himalaya and adjoining mountain ranges through science, art, literature and sport" (Neate, j14).