Archon Books, Hamden, CT, 1979. US first edition, Hard Cover in dj, 6 x 9, FINE/FINE condition, 277 pages, illus., maps, index.-----------------------------The Gilgit Game is a story of exploration - unlike any other. The arena was 40,000 square miles of the world's highest mountains, an unknown and impossibly remote wilderness, which briefly became the flashpoint of Asia. During a century of political expansion and military brinkmanship, the frontiers of Russia and British India never came closer to collision than they did in the Gilgit region.The fate of Asia hung on the chance encounters and the uncertain wanderings of a small group of men, more intelligence agents than freelance travellers. Their geographical discoveries were treated as top secret and their expeditions often resembled military patrols. Discretion was everything; yet the challenge of the mountains and the stirring circumstances called forth qualities, and highlighted failings, which the most rigorous censorship failed to suppress.From Kipling to Masters, novelists have treated the Gilgit story as the epitome of the Great Game; but with characters as eccentric as Dr. Leitner or William MacNair, as dedicated as Ney Elias or Sir Francis Younghusband and as blindly courageous as George Hayward or Sir George Robertson, the real story has heroes that are more than a match for their fictional counterparts. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: The exploration and appropriation of the wilderness in the heart of the Western Himalayas has become known as the "Gilgit Game" in recognition of its importance as a crucial episode in the "Great Game"--the century-long rivalry between Russia and British India for control of Central Asia. Indeed, authors from Kipling to Masters have treated this struggle as the epitome of this competition between nations. But as John Keay shows in this fascinating and readable account of an exciting period in colonial India, the real characters in this drama were more than a match for their fictional counterparts. With humor, sympathy, and admiration of this small group of intelligence agents, Keay describes the activities that had such far-reaching repercussions in the region. Through extensive research and his own intimate knowledge of the terrain, Keay sheds new light on the once top secret geographical discoveries made by these men, discoveries they were prevented from publishing during their lifetimes.
A fresh look at a little-known aspect of political intrigue, this is the first narrative account of Himalayan exploration set against the backdrop of espionage and military brinkmanship.
About the Author:
About the Author:
John Keay a freelance journalist, author, and traveler, and is also the author of When Men and Mountains Meet.
Título: The Gilgit Game - Explorers of the Western ...
Año de publicación: 1979
Condición del libro: Near Fine
Edición: 1st Edition
Descripción 1979. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Pub by Archon, 1979. Hardcover with dustjacket. Light wear. Very Good book in Very Good dustjacket. ISBN: 0-208-01774-7. Nº de ref. de la librería 63616
Descripción Archon Books, 1979. Estado de conservación: Good. First Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP89783408
Descripción Archon Books, 1979. Estado de conservación: Good. First Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP80048677
Descripción Archon Books, Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.A., 1979. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Good+. Reprint. 277 Pages, B/W Illustrations, "SHORT TEARS & SHELF RUBBINGS to the DUST JACKET EDGES" Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Nº de ref. de la librería 047733
Descripción Archon Books,, Hamden:, 1979. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine. Maps, black and white photographs. First edition thus. Previous owner's book-plate on front free endpaper, one inch hole in title page (not affecting any of the text), else near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Nº de ref. de la librería 84284
Descripción Archon Books, 1979. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. 1st Edition. Book has some markings to inside front-cover, otherwise binding is strong, pages are clean ande crisp throughout. Dustjacket has some wear to edges, light rubbing, otherwise bright and presentable. It is now protected in mylar. Nº de ref. de la librería 905606
Descripción Archon Books, 1979. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0208017747
Descripción Archon Books, Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.A., 1979. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. 0208017747 Some yellowing and foxing to the pages and dust jacket. The dj looks nice now in a new mylar cover. Nº de ref. de la librería 033385
Descripción Archon Books, 1979. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used: Like New. Hardcover and dust jacket. Good binding and cover. Light wear. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily. Nº de ref. de la librería 81261285
Descripción Archon Books, 1979. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Nº de ref. de la librería P020208017747