Title: Seven Years in Tibet
Publisher: Rupert Hart-Davis and the Book Society, London
Publication Date: 1953
Book Condition: Very Good-
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Thus.
Copyright page has "This edition issued on first publication by The Book Society Ltd. In association with Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd. September 1953". No additional printings stated. Front panel of dust wrapper has "Book Society Choice" and "16s net". The rear panel of the dust wrapper has a three paragraph description of the book, and no press reviews. 288 pages + colour frontis + black and white plates. Dark blue papered boards with gilt titles on spine. Dimensions: 8 7/8" by 6". Owner's signature on front endpaper. Book Society "Ex Libris" label tipped in on front endpaper. Cloth covers clean and bright. Gilt spine lettering clean and bright. Small split to gutter between frontis and title page. 2 1/2" tear with archival mending tissue repair to one leaf (pp. 239-240) . Tail corners of boards knocked. Bruise to fore-edge of front board. Some spotting to top page edges. 1/2" tears at head and tail of dust wrapper spine. One small adhesive tape stain on both front flap and rear flap of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 003982
Synopsis: In a motion picture starring Brad Pitt, SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET is the autobiographical account of a young Austrian adventurer and the escape from an internment camp that changed his life forever. In 1943, Heinrich Harrer, a noted mountain climber and skier, slipped out of captivity in India and made his way through the Himalayan passes to the Forbidden City of Lhasa in Tibet. From destitute vagabond, he rose to the position of tutor and confidant to the fourteen-year-old Dalai Lama. Until their parting in 1950, when the Chinese Communists overran the country, his close relationship with the revered holy man profoundly altered his way of living, even his way of thinking.
Review: Originally published in 1953, this adventure classic recounts Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's 1943 escape from a British internment camp in India, his daring trek across the Himalayas, and his happy sojourn in Tibet, then, as now, a remote land little visited by foreigners. Warmly welcomed, he eventually became tutor to the Dalai Lama, teenaged god-king of the theocratic nation. The author's vivid descriptions of Tibetan rites and customs capture its unique traditions before the Chinese invasion in 1950, which prompted Harrer's departure. A 1996 epilogue details the genocidal havoc wrought over the past half-century.
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