Tilman, H.W. - SNOW ON THE EQUATOR
Tilman, H.W. SNOW ON THE EQUATOR. London, 1937, G. Bell & Sons, First UK Edition. 265 pp, 4 maps, 24 plates. Tilman, the great storyteller, strings together a fascinating memoir of his life in Kenya after World War I, meeting up with fellow writer and mountaineer Eric Shipton, climbing Mt. Kenya, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and Ruwenzori in the 'Mountains of the Moon'. One photograph in the book shows a desiccated body of leopard on the crater rim of Kilimanjaro. Leaving Kenya on the way back to England, Tilman gives us the amazing tale of his extraordinary solo bicycle journey, over 3,000 miles across Africa. His dry sense of humour seems essential to help him through; a great read. Tilman was one of the greatest adventurers of his time, and for him, the goal was always to explore, to see new places, to discover rather than to conquer. Tilman is one of the greatest of all travel writers, part of the fine British tradition of laconic, humorous writing and there is nobody else quite like him. His books are keenly observed, concerned with places and people as much as summits and achievements. Scarce in Near-Fine condition, no Dust Jacket, only slight wear, previous owner's Bookplate on front endpaper, clean and unmarked internally, VG+.