Re: Blum's "Annapurna." I have the hardcover edition which has color photographs. It's interesting to look at some of the gear and clothing they used back then. Several of the women wore wool knickers and flannel shirts. Interesting. I also have her autobiography "Breaking Trail" which is also very good.
A bit off-topic here, but speaking of older gear, I still have my copy of William Kemsley's "Backpacking Equipment Buyer's Guide", copyright 1977. It's really interesting to look back at all those old-sytle tents, packs, etc., and to see what was considered high-tech back then.