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Lodestar Books and Vertebrate Publishing are proud and delighted to announce their joint publication of a uniform, collected edition of the books of H. W. Tilman—surely Britain’s most accomplished independent explorer by both land and sea. Tilman’s seven mountaineering titles, his eight sailing titles, plus the biography High Mountains and Cold Seas by J. R. L. Anderson making sixteen volumes in all, are appearing in pairs at quarterly intervals over the two years from September 2015. Volumes one to ten have now been published, and you can buy singly, or the full set at a substantial discount.
Each pair comprises one each of the climbing and sailing books, taken in order of original publication, the first pair being Snow on the Equator, Tilman’s account of ten years’ exploration and climbing in Africa (with Eric Shipton and solo), and Mischief in Patagonia, recounting his first, ambitious expedition by sea, to make the first crossing of the Patagonian ice cap. Each book contains all of the text, photographs and maps of its first edition, and each has a new Foreword, and some an Afterword, by a present-day writer well-qualified to offer an appreciation of Tilman and the activities he himself relates with characteristic modesty and dry humour.
Sir Chris Bonington has contributed the Foreword to Snow on the Equator, and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston that for Mischief in Patagonia. Both are avowed Tilman fans—indeed they sailed and climbed together in the early 1990s in eastern Greenland, getting there aboard Sir Robin’s world-girdling yacht Suhaili. Series researcher Bob Comlay is a veteran of two Tilman voyages to Greenland in the early 1970s, and has contributed an Afterword to Mischief in Patagonia describing his own experience and impression of Tilman as both sailor and expedition leader.
Contributors to further volumes include: Doug Scott, Tom Cunliffe, John Porter, Roger Taylor, Gerda Pauler, Ed Douglas, Simon Yates, Libby Purves, Bob Shepton, Skip Novak, Colin Putt.
This project has been a true collaborative effort between nautical publisher Lodestar Books and climbing publisher Vertebrate Publishing: The books have been edited, and typeset in timeless style, by Dick Wynne of Lodestar; the distinctive cover designs were created by Jane Beagley of Vertebrate; physical production features a robust sewn soft binding, with matt laminated, flapped covers.
The full series, each volume priced at £12, comprises:
Snow on the Equator
Mischief in Patagonia
The Ascent of Nanda Devi
Mischief Among the Penguins
When Men and Mountains Meet
Mischief in Greenland
Mount Everest 1938
Two Mountains and a River
Mischief Goes South
China to Chitral
In Mischief’s Wake
Ice With Everything
Triumph and Tribulation
High Mountains and Cold Seas
We hope you’ll agree with us that in this new, attractive and complete format,
the books of H. W. Tilman merit a place in every library of travel and exploration literature.
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* So stated a crew recruitment advertisement allegedly placed in The Times by Tilman circa 1960.
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