Workman, Fanny Bullock; Workman, William Hunter
Two Summers in the Ice-Wilds of Eastern Karakoram: The Exploration of Nineteen Hundred Square Miles of Mountain and Glacier
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1917.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 296 pp, with 131 of 134 plates (most full page) and 3 folding maps. Recently rebound in half leather and marbled boards, with new endpapers. Perforated stamp on first page of text, accession date and number stamped on copyright and author's note pages; line in marker across top edge; else clean. Maps expertly repaired/reinforced at the folds (on the back only). Overall a pleasing copy of this scarce title. The American husband and wife team were wealthy, zealous, and energetic explorers who together made many expeditions to the Himalayas. Fanny, a suffragist as well as a bit of a publicity hound, made sure the world knew of her achievements as a pioneering female climber. (Among other achievements, she held the women's altitude record for 28 years after her conquest of 23,000-ft Pinnacle Peak in 1906.) Robinson (Wayward Women) amusingly describes her as having "practically battered the Karakorams into submission, first treading them over with her squat, hob-nailed figure and then pinning them down on virgin maps and charts to take home for the various Geographical Societies of England and America to fight over." This book chronicles the couple's fifth and final Karakoram expedition, in which they explored the Hush valley and the Saltoro and Baltoro Glaciers. (Neate W126).