House of the Tiger King: A Jungle Obsession (Tahir Shah)

House of the Tiger King: A Jungle Obsession (Tahir Shah) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Travel South America section. priced at just £4.00!

London: John Murray, 2004, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Glossary;

From the cover: When the Spanish Conquistadors swept through Peru in the sixteenth century, they were searching for great golden treasure. In 1572 they stormed the Inca stronghold of Vilcabamba, only to find the city deserted, burned, and already stripped of its wealth. According to legend the Incas had retreated deep into the jungle where they built another magnificent city in an inaccessible quarter of the cloud forest.

For more than four centuries explorers and adventurers, archaeologists and warrior-priests have searched for the gold and riches of the Incas, and this lost city of Paititi, known by the local Machiguenga tribe as The House of the Tiger King.

After the lost city obsession had gnawed away at Tahir Shah for almost a decade, he could stand it no more. He put together an expedition and set out into Perus Madre de Dios jungle, the densest cloud forest on earth. He teamed up with Pancho, a Machiguenga warrior who asserted that in his youth he came upon a massive series of stone ruins deep in the jungle. Panchos ambition was to leave the jungle and visit a live, bustling city, so the two men made a pact: if Pancho took Shah to Paititi, then Shah would take Pancho to the Peruvian capital.

Home of the Tiger King is the tale of Shahs remarkable adventure to find the greatest lost city of die Americas, and the treasure of the Incas. Along the way he found himself considering others who have spent decades in pursuit of lost cities, and asks why anyone would find it necessary to mount such a quest at all.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which has a small Radio 4 promotional sticker.

Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 219 pages. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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