Does anyone know what Messner's signature looks like? Can't find it online. I ordered his Annapurna book from some discount used book store. I opened it up and it looks like a signed copy (it was not advertized as a signed copy), though I'd like to know if it is real or not.
Scott - that's an amazing bit of good luck! Hopefully it is his real signature - sure looks like it. I fortunately have been able to pick up some signed copies of books at used booksellers. Congrats...and thanks for posting.
Messner's signature has indeed changed over the years. He used to write out 'Reinhold' but, as one can imagine, he has shortened that to just the 'R' that you see in the above example. What you have does indeed look authentic. If you'd like to see other examples, or with the full 'Reinhold', just let me know. Congrats on a great find!
I think it's "Tashi," probably short for "Tashi delek" which the internet says is a Tibetan greeting meaning roughly "good luck." (I don't know Tibetan, but this seems likely.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashi_delek