first edition in english, 2 volumes, text and atlas, 4to (266 x 210mm.), text: half-title, photogravure frontispiece and 25 photogravure plates, all with printed tissue guards, 5 double-page photographic panoramas (2 showing 2 views), numerous photographic illustrations in the text, all after photographs by Vittorio Sella, 2 coloured photographic plates of geological specimens, atlas: 18 folding photographic panoramas on 17 sheets after Sella, 3 folding coloured maps, and booklet with list of illustrations and index, uniformly bound in publisher's vellum gilt, flat spines lettered in gilt, text volume: top edge gilt, others uncut, bindings very slightly soiled
a fine copy of the rare vellum bound de luxe edition. The full account of the Duke of Abruzzi's expedition to K2 in the Karakoram in 1909. Filippo de Filippi (1869-1938), Italian surgeon, scholar and mountaineer, was the official recorder of the Duke's expedition and in 1913-14 led the Italian Himalayan Scientific Expedition.
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