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WILLIAMS, J. H.. Bandoola.

London. Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953. First edition, second impression.
8vo. 250pp, [2]. With eight illustrated coloured plates by Henry C. Pitz. Original publisher's green cloth, lettered in gilt, pictorial dustwrapper. Minor shelf-wear, dustwrapper sunned and chipped. Bookplate of George Lowe to FEP. Presentation copy, inked inscription to FFEP, over a small elephant sketch: 'George Lowe / With his salaam / Jim H. Williams / "Elephant Bill".
The first edition (second impression) of a selection of accounts by James Howard Williams (1897-1958) centred around the working elephants of the teak forests of Burma he had encountered during the Second World War.

From the library of New Zealand-born mountaineer George Lowe (1924-2013), a member of the 1953 British Mount Everest expedition, the ninth mountaineering expedition to attempt the first ascent of Everest, and the first confirmed to have succeeded when Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary reached the summit on 29th May. The day prior, Lowe had led an advance guard, wielding an ice axe with legendary skill, to cut a path into the Lhotse Face to the final camp (1,000 feet below the peak), preparing the route for Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Following this achievement Lowe became a New Zealand representative on the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition which, between 1955 and 1958, not only traversed Antarctica, becoming the first to reach the South Pole by land since Amundsen in 1911 and Scott in 1912, but also carried out extensive surveying of the continent.
£ 125.00 Antiquates Ref: 23442