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Whole books on the Himalayan region, some written way back in the past when the Himalayas were a trifle shorter!
Culled from open access material are a few COMPLETE books on the Himalayan region. Some of these are seminal works that have contributed significantly to our understanding of the Himalayan region and continue to direct enquiry and development action in the region.
Title: A Naturalist in Himalaya
Author: Richard William George Hingston
Year of Publication: 1920
Publisher: Boston, Small, Maynard
Language: English
Written in non-technical language, this book is a record of observations in natural science collected between the years 1914-1916 in the Himalayan valley of Hazara. The book starts with a general introduction to the valley gradually moving on the varied life forms present there.
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Title: Western Himalaya and Tibet: A Narrative of a Journey Through the Mountains of Northern India--During the years 1847-8
Author: Thomas Thomson
Year of Publication: 1852 
Publisher: Reeve and co., London
Language: English
In this book with numerous maps and sketches, the author describes from his own journey the environs, the ecology and the flora and fauna of the Western Himalayan region and the Tibetan Mountains.
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Title: The Heart of Nature or The Quest for Natural Beauty
Author: Sir Francis Edward Younghusband

Year of Publication: 1921
Publisher: J. Murray, London
Language: English
This book, a good read for nature-lovers and aptly called the ‘heart of nature’ is about the natural beauty of the Indian Himalayas where one gets to observe nature in so many different aspects and therefore understand it better.

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Title: Himalayan and Kashmiri Birds
Author: Douglas Dewar
Year of Publication: 1923 
Publisher: John Lane, London
Language: English
This book, an interesting guide for bird-watchers is an account of the birds commonly seen in summer in the Himalayas and Kashmir. The object of this book is to enable people interested in birds to identify those they meet with while walking in the hill stations of the Himalayas and the Kashmir valley.
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