Mason, Kenneth. Abode of Snow. New York: E. P. Dutton & CO., Inc. 1955. First Edition.
"Up to now no authoritative history has been written of Himalayan exploration and mountaineering. Professor Mason has divided his book into six parts. He gives a general description of the Himalaya, tells of the early Jesuit travellers, and then goes on to show how the mountains and their peaks gradually came to be explored surveyed and finally climbed. The author tells of Army officers and others who explored the mountains following the spread of British rule up to the Ganges; of the surveyors, Sir George Everest, Montgomerie, and Godwin-Austen; of the Indian "Pundits" who were trained to penetrate forbidden territory and bring back valuable data for the survey maps; of the urge to know more of these thrilling regions; of the problems of acclimatization, improvements in equipment and technique; of the debt owed to the Himalayan porter, without whom success is impossible." excerpt from dust jacket.
Hardcover. 372 pages. Cover and pages in very good condition. Dust jacket in very good condition with some wear around the edges.