Sunday, March 13, 2016

1954 Avon paperback: "Out of This World to Forbidden Tibet"

  • Title: Out of This World to Forbidden Tibet1
  • Author: Lowell Thomas, Jr. (1923-present)
  • Publisher: Avon (Illustrated Giant, G1010)
  • Year: 1954
  • Pages: 303
  • Cover price: 50 cents
  • Back-cover blurb: "Here is your invitation to high adventure. Over 145,000 copies were sold at $3.95 in the original hard-bound edition. It is Lowell Thomas Jr.'s exciting story, in words and pictures, of the dangerous journey he and his famous father2 made over the towering Asiatic peaks of the Himalayas, and into an amazing real-life Shangri-La — the Forbidden Land of Tibet."
  • Dedication: "To his holiness the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet who '...are earnestly praying that God will grant happiness and everlasting peace to all humanity.'"
  • About This Book blurb: In a preface, Lowell Thomas, Jr., writes: "Out of This World is the story of the trek my father and I made to the Dalai Lama's throne at Lhasa. This journey came as a climax to my father's life time of adventure. For me, it was probably the greatest travel adventure I will ever have, unless, some day, it will be possible to journey by space ship to another planet. As for returning, that is out of the question for the foreseeable future, now that Tibet has been swallowed up by Communist China."
  • Beginning of Chapter 1: "'THE MIRACLE HAS HAPPENED. MEET ME IN CALCUTTA. WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO LHASA.' With this breath-taking wireless, my father greeted me in Teheran on July 14, 1949, upon my return from a week's expedition among the Bakhtiari tribesmen of Eastern Iran with United States Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas."3
  • Appendix, When you go to Tibet: Here are some of the items that the author recommends that you take if you are going to travel to Tibet: Sleeping bags, folding cots, air mattresses, tent, gas lanterns, radio, flashlights, saddles, toilet paper, powdered milk, cheese, bacon, Scotch whiskey and Jamaican rum4, cigars, Kleenex, books to give as gifts, "a complete kitchen," rubber boots, sunglasses, warm socks, a complete medical kit, a variety of laxatives, and 16mm films of Tarzan or the Marx Brothers, for the Dalai Lama to watch. That's just a very small portion of the list, which runs for five pages at the end of the book.

Here is the map that's featured on the inside front and inside back covers...

1. Alternate titles to various hardcover and paperback editions include Out of This World: Across the Himalayas to Forbidden Tibet and Out of This World: To Forbidden Tibet
2. Lowell Thomas (1892-1981)
3. Generally speaking, U.S. Supreme Court justices no longer vacation in Iran.
4. For the Tibetan nobles.

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