London: Constable and Company Ltd, 1910.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. xvi, 288 pp, with two folding maps and 113 illustrations from photographs. Appendix by Count Dr. Cesare Calciati and Dr. Mathias Koncza, Original dark red cloth with illustration of climbers on a steep slope on front board. Corners lightly bumped, some rubbing to edges of boards, spine lettering dulled. Binding tight, contents clean. The Workmans, an 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 is the account of their fourth expedition, made in 1908. They explored the Hispar Glacier and then descended the Biafo Glacier.