Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
George Mallory tried to climb Mount Everest
George Mallory, inset and hatless in the back row, on an Everest expedition.
It is the birthday of English adventurer George Mallory (1886), who died on an expedition to climb Mount Everest in June 1924 with his friend Andrew Irvine. Mallory and Irvine disappeared on the northeast ridge and their fate remained a mystery for 75 years until the discovery of Mallory’s body in 1999. Historians still debate whether the pair actually reached the summit. Mallory was widely credited with answering the query of why he chose to climb Mount Everest with the reply “Because it’s there,” though some scholars question whether he actually said it. In any case, the phrase seems to accurately reflect Mallory’s mindset. “What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy, “ he once said in an interview. “And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.”
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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