The Valley of Flowers



London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1938.

By F. S. Smythe. Number 30 of 250 copies signed by the author. Royal octavo. 10 x 6.75 ins. xiii, 322 pp. Full white buckram over boards with bevelled edges. Gilt spine titling and gilt title on upper board. T.E.G., others uncut. Blue endpapers. Tipped-in frontispiece and 15 plates from photographs taken by the author – each tissue-guarded and titled. Plus 2 maps. Frank Smythe’s interesting account of exploring and plant hunting in the Garwhal Himalaya and the Byundar Valley. Smythe was a highly regarded mountaineer, author, photographer and botanist. He identified the region he named “The Valley of Flowers” which is now a protected park. A very fine copy.


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