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HIMALAYAS Mt Paiju from Baltoro Glacier 1909 Icon

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VITTORIO SELLA. Mt. Paiju from Baltoro Glacier. Telephotograph, 1909, Sella number HK 74. 15.2x11.3" gelatin silver print, printed c. 1909, mounted on 14x18" heavy gray board. Inscribed in white ink on mount recto: Himalayas / (Cashmere) / / Mt. Pajui [sic] from Baltoro Glacier / Telephotograph. Embossed with Vittorio Sella stamp in lower right of print. Inscribed in pencil on mount verso: Mt. Pajui from Battoro Glacier / (Telephoto) / 12 Loan / 2; In Ink; Mt Pajui from Battoro Glacier / Karakoram Mts. / Himalayan peaks in Cashmere

These vintage gelatin silver prints are very likely the finest artistic views and documents of a mountain range ever made by the greatest mountaineering photographer in the history of photography. Drawing on forty years of experience as a mountain climber, technician and artist, Sella captured K2 and its retinue of massive peaks, along the Baltoro Glacier, from all sides and in all moods.
3This iconic photograph by Sella was the cover Image of one of the leading monographs on Sella: Summit: Vittorio Sella Mountaineer and Photographer 1879-1909. NY. Aperture.

Mt. Paiju 6610 m 21,686 ft., from Baltoro Glacier taken by telephotograph from lower Baltoro Glacier "To the west of these we saw Paiju Peak, a pile of triangular rock pyramids rising one above another, clearly outlined by their ice ridges and lifting up a symmetrical pointed summit completely covered with snow. KARAKORAM & WESTERN HIMALAYA 1909 BY FILIPPO DE FILIPPI. NY DUTTON 1912 p. 181

Paiju Peak 6610 m 21,686 north side of the Baltoro Glacier and western of Baltoro Muztagh

In 1909, as Sella was approaching his fiftieth birthday, he and his long time climbing friend the Duke of the Abruzzi, Luigi Amedeo di Savoia, embarked on their most ambitious journey yet, to climb K2 in the Western Himalaya Karakoram range, and to satisfy the Duke's primary intention to set a new high-altitude climbing record. In Tibetan, the name Karakoram means?"black gravel," and to reach it meant crossing the vast mountainous region between Kashmir and Chinese Turkestan, a complex system of ranges, immense tablelands, intricate valleys, and mighty rivers.

The Duke wanted to determine how high human beings could climb and survive, a question that could only be solved by direct experience. The expedition ultimately spent over two months on the Karakoram glaciers and returned with a trove of scientific data that included a large number of photographs, a topographical survey of a portion of the high glacier basins, new altimetric measurements and meteorological data, new glaciological and geological observations, as well as the experience of long duration at low atmospheric pressure by both Europeans and natives.

Sella had already accompanied the Duke on expeditions to Alaska and Uganda, and once again the Duke wanted no one but Sella on the Karakoram expedition, knowing that his photographic record would be unsurpassed. Seven Italian guides and porters were chosen from Courmayeur, in the valley of Aosta, Italy. Sella brought with him Erminio Botta, who acted as assistant photographer, guide and porter, and was familiar with camp life and foreign mountaineering.

This sale of lots from this auction will directly benefit the Appalachian Mountain Club Trails Protection Fund; Conservation Research and Climate Action; and the Modernization and Preservation of the AMC Library and Archives.
Condition
Very Good: 2 scratches vertical visible in upper right in sky 2.75" and 1.5", minor wear, corner wear. edge wear. Mount has edge and corner wear.
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Lot 2166 Details

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VITTORIO SELLA. Mt. Paiju from Baltoro Glacier. Telephotograph, 1909, Sella number HK 74. 15.2x11.3" gelatin silver print, printed c. 1909, mounted on 14x18" heavy gray board. Inscribed in white ink on mount recto: Himalayas / (Cashmere) / / Mt. Pajui [sic] from Baltoro Glacier / Telephotograph. Embossed with Vittorio Sella stamp in lower right of print. Inscribed in pencil on mount verso: Mt. Pajui from Battoro Glacier / (Telephoto) / 12 Loan / 2; In Ink; Mt Pajui from Battoro Glacier / Karakoram Mts. / Himalayan peaks in Cashmere

These vintage gelatin silver prints are very likely the finest artistic views and documents of a mountain range ever made by the greatest mountaineering photographer in the history of photography. Drawing on forty years of experience as a mountain climber, technician and artist, Sella captured K2 and its retinue of massive peaks, along the Baltoro Glacier, from all sides and in all moods.
3This iconic photograph by Sella was the cover Image of one of the leading monographs on Sella: Summit: Vittorio Sella Mountaineer and Photographer 1879-1909. NY. Aperture.

Mt. Paiju 6610 m 21,686 ft., from Baltoro Glacier taken by telephotograph from lower Baltoro Glacier "To the west of these we saw Paiju Peak, a pile of triangular rock pyramids rising one above another, clearly outlined by their ice ridges and lifting up a symmetrical pointed summit completely covered with snow. KARAKORAM & WESTERN HIMALAYA 1909 BY FILIPPO DE FILIPPI. NY DUTTON 1912 p. 181

Paiju Peak 6610 m 21,686 north side of the Baltoro Glacier and western of Baltoro Muztagh

In 1909, as Sella was approaching his fiftieth birthday, he and his long time climbing friend the Duke of the Abruzzi, Luigi Amedeo di Savoia, embarked on their most ambitious journey yet, to climb K2 in the Western Himalaya Karakoram range, and to satisfy the Duke's primary intention to set a new high-altitude climbing record. In Tibetan, the name Karakoram means?"black gravel," and to reach it meant crossing the vast mountainous region between Kashmir and Chinese Turkestan, a complex system of ranges, immense tablelands, intricate valleys, and mighty rivers.

The Duke wanted to determine how high human beings could climb and survive, a question that could only be solved by direct experience. The expedition ultimately spent over two months on the Karakoram glaciers and returned with a trove of scientific data that included a large number of photographs, a topographical survey of a portion of the high glacier basins, new altimetric measurements and meteorological data, new glaciological and geological observations, as well as the experience of long duration at low atmospheric pressure by both Europeans and natives.

Sella had already accompanied the Duke on expeditions to Alaska and Uganda, and once again the Duke wanted no one but Sella on the Karakoram expedition, knowing that his photographic record would be unsurpassed. Seven Italian guides and porters were chosen from Courmayeur, in the valley of Aosta, Italy. Sella brought with him Erminio Botta, who acted as assistant photographer, guide and porter, and was familiar with camp life and foreign mountaineering.

This sale of lots from this auction will directly benefit the Appalachian Mountain Club Trails Protection Fund; Conservation Research and Climate Action; and the Modernization and Preservation of the AMC Library and Archives.
Condition
...
Very Good: 2 scratches vertical visible in upper right in sky 2.75" and 1.5", minor wear, corner wear. edge wear. Mount has edge and corner wear.

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