The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place: DJ front coverThe Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place: DJ back cover & spine

The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place (2004 Hardback)


£35.00

Very good condition used Hardback
with intact Dust Jacket.

2004 First Edition published by
Penguin Press, N.Y, U.S.A.
Author: Ian Baker.
ISBN: 1594200270.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 165mm w x 42mm d.

1 in stock


The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place

Condition and Description:

Very good condition used Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

2004 First Edition published by Penguin Press, N.Y, U.S.A.
Author: Ian Baker.
ISBN: 1594200270.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 165mm w x 42mm d.

Intact clean glossy condition dust jacket with slight creasing to edges and signs of handling. Intact spine. DJ over very good condition two tone cream boards. 512 clean/ slightly off white pages of English text with some b&w photo illustrations, no inscriptions. Page ends slightly tanned. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place:

”The legend of Shangri-la emerged from the Tibetan Buddhist belief in beyul, or hidden lands, sacred sanctuaries that reveal themselves to devout pilgrims and in times of crisis. The more remote and inaccessible the beyul, the vaster its reputed qualities. Ancient Tibetan prophecies declare that the greatest of all hidden lands lies at the heart of the forbidding Tsangpo Gorge, deep in the Himalayas and veiled by a colossal waterfall. Nineteenth-century accounts of this fabled waterfall inspired a series of ill-fated European expeditions that ended prematurely in 1925 when the intrepid British plant collector Frank Kingdon-Ward penetrated all but a five-mile section of the Tsangpo s innermost gorge and declared that the falls were no more than a religious myth and a romance of geography.

The heart of the Tsangpo Gorge remained a blank spot on the map of world exploration until world-class climber and Buddhist scholar Ian Baker delved into the legends. Whatever cryptic Tibetan scrolls or past explorers had said about the Tsangpo s innermost gorge, Baker determined, could be verified only by exploring the uncharted five-mile gap. After several years of encountering sheer cliffs, maelstroms of impassable white water, and dense leech-infested jungles, on the last of a series of extraordinary expeditions, Baker and his National Geographic sponsored team reached the depths of the Tsangpo Gorge. They made news worldwide by finding there a 108-foot-high waterfall, the legendary grail of Western explorers and Tibetan seekers alike.

The Heart of the World is one of the most captivating stories of exploration and discovery in recent memory an extraordinary journey to one of the wildest and most inaccessible places on earth and a pilgrimage to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.”