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Abraham G.D. FIRST STEPS TO CLIMBING.   Mills and Boon, Limited.  1923 1st.  pp126.  24 illus by Abraham. orig. cloth quite bright.  Near Fine £34

Auldjo, Esq. J. NARRATIVE OF AN ASCENT TO THE SUMMIT OF MONT BLANC, on the 8th and 9th August, 1827.  Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans.  1856 3rd.  pp119.  frontis. with six views of perilous positions. olive half calf, buckram boards, with orig. wrappers bound in at t he back.  Near Fine- £345

Auldjo, Esq. J. NARRATIVE OF AN ASCENT TO THE SUMMIT OF MONT BLANC,  on the eighth and ninth of August, 1827.  Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster-Row. 1830 2nd.  pp148.  24 engraved plates inc. panorama, maps, facs. cert. geological and comparative table, heights of mountains. in original boards and spine cloth, rebacked, title label illegible. pages uncut.   Near Fine £1,750

Benson C.E. CRAG AND HOUND IN LAKELAND.   Hurst and Blackett.  1902 1st.  pp313.  28 illus. some by Abraham. orig. green cloth gilt. bookplate.  Very Good £100

Benuzzi F. NO PICNIC ON MOUNT KENYA.   William Kimber.  1952 1st.  pp231.  frontis. port. e.p. summary trip illus.  orig. red cloth. rare. dw Very Good £80

Bonatti W. ON THE HEIGHTS.   Rupert Hart-Davis.  1964 1st.  pp248.  frontis. 19 illus. rare. with Walter BONATTI signature tipped in. Some rubbing to the board edges and wear to the spine ends. pc dw poor, but with giclee version also. Very Good £325

Bonatti W. THE GREAT DAYS.   Victor Gollancz.  1974 1st.  pp189.  35 photo. illus. translated by Geoffrey Sutton. rare. with Walter BONATTI signature tipped in. unpc dw Near Fine £225

Bonington C. ANNAPURNA SOUTH FACE EXPEDITION 1970 - Commemorative Cover Postcard from Base Camp. signed Chris Bonington, Don Whillans, Dougal Haston, Mick Burke, Martin Boysen, Kelvin Kent, Nick Estcourt, Tom Frost, Mike Thompson and uncommonly by Ian Clough (who was tragically killed by an avalanche).  1970 1st.  photo. illus. of Annapurna South Face. Red 'annapurna south face expedition BASE CAMP' cache Nepal 75rs stamp and Sunset postmark.   Near Fine £450

Brigg (Ed.) W.A. THE YORKSHIRE RAMBLER'S CLUB JOURNAL. Vol. I nos. 1-4 and Vol. III nos. 9-11  T. Fisher Unwin.  1899-1902 , 1909-1912    2 vols. in club cloth? ex-YRC Library and ownership of original member Jas. Hy., Buckley.   Good £195

Bruce C.G. KULU AND LAHOUL.   Edward Arnold.  1910 1st.  xvi + pp335.  21 plates. illus. map. orig. green cloth which is stained in lower area. *giclee copy colour dw. Very Good- £245

Clark & Pyatt Edward C. E.C. MOUNTAINEERING IN BRITAIN. A History from the Earliest Times to the Present Day.  Phoenix House.  1957 1st.  pp288.  104 illustrations. orig. red cloth. now difficult to find. unpc dw Near Fine £55

Clark and Salkeld  LIGHTWEIGHT EXPEDITIONS to the GREAT RANGES. Proceedings of a Symposium.... Alpine Club. 1984 1st. pp90. excellent photo frontis. of some slightly inebriated mountaineers in the bar of Plas-y-Brenin. orig. photo wrappers. signed by Audrey Salkeld. quite rare. Very Good £45

Cliffe J.H. NOTES AND RECOLLECTIONS OF AN ANGLER: Rambles among the Mountains, Valleys, and Solitudes of Wales...  Hamilton, Adams and Co. 1860 1st.  pp254.  the first description of British Rock Climbing. (bibliography Mountaineering in Britain) orig. cloth gilt, but worn.  Very Good- £120

Coleman E.T. SCENES FROM THE SNOW-FIELDS; being Illustrations of the Upper Ice-World of Mont Blanc,  from sketches made on the spot in the years 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858; with Historical and Descriptive Remarks, and a Comparision of the Chamonix and St. Gervais Roures.  London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longman, and Roberts. 1859 1st. Edition  pp. 47 12 chromolithographed plates (the views lithographed and printed in colours) by Vincent Brooks after E.T. Coleman. One of the rarest and most valuable of all mountaineering books. Coleman…one of the earliest painters of the Alps…he ascended Mont Blanc twice. light spotting to most text pages. original purple cloth gilt title, sl. faded edges, rebacked with sp. relaid. Elephant Folio 56 x 38 cms.

Conway W.M. THE ALPS FROM END TO END.   Archibald Constable & Co.  1895 1st.  pp403.  with 100 full page illustrations by A.D. McCormick. tan buckram gilt.  Very Good £95

Conway Sir Martin THE ALPS.   A. & C. Black.  1910 rpt.  pp294.  23 photo illus. by L. Edna Walter, signed and inscribed 'The very first copy to my dear little girl' April May 3rd. 1910 cold. pict. dec. cloth.  Fine £75

Conway  Sir W.M. THE FIRST CROSSING OF SPITSBERGEN. Being an account of an inland journey of exploration and survey with descriptions of several mountain ascents.....  J. M. Dent & Co. 1897 1st.  ppxii + 371.  7 coloured plates, 56 b/w plates, 44 illus. 2 maps [fold.] rare but poor in orig. cloth gilt with tan, t.e.g. pages uncut with st. along bottom edge..  Good £145

Cunningham and Abney, Capt. W. de W. C.D. THE PIONEERS OF THE ALPS.   Sampson, Low, Marston,.... 1888 2nd. pp180. with 35 portraits of the guides in photogravure. illustrations in the text, some full page. orig. maroon cloth gilt. sp. faded. Neate 'The best edition'. Ronald Clark 'only 200 copies published'.  Very Good- £425

Emery M.S. SWITZERLAND THROUGH THE STEREOSCOPE. A Journey over and around the Alps.  Underwood and Underwood.  c1900 1st.  pp274.  100 stereoscopic views which include some of Zermatt and the Matterhorn and nos. 78 - 100 of the Ascent of Mont Blanc. complete in repaired 3 volume boxed set. with the book inc. folding maps and a stereoscopic viewer .    £800

Fitz Gerald E.A. CLIMBS IN THE NEW ZEALAND ALPS. Being an Account of Travel and Discovery.  Charles Scribner's Sons. New York. 1896 1st. U.S.   pp363.  frontis. many illus. large fold. map in e.p. orig. cloth gilt. leather labels. t.e.g. uncut.   Very Good £425

Forbes J.D. TRAVELS THROUGH THE ALPS OF SAVOY. and other parts of the Pennine Chain with observations onthe phenomena of Glaciers.  Adam and Charles Black. 1843 1st.  pp424.  9 lithographs (2 tinted), 2 maps inc.,folding map of the Mer de Glace of Chamouni at the end. occasional spotting. original cloth gilt with blind embossed boards, sp. relaid. pencil inscription of E.S. Kennedy, Alpine Club inaugural meeting chairman. Peaks, Pssses and Glaciers.  Very Good £1,200

Franco J. MAKALU.   Arthaud.  1955 1st. French edition  pp226 + 10.  30 cold. and b/w illus. 5 maps. with the often missing extended description of illustrations loosely inserted. orig. wrappers uncut. Signed with dedication by Jean Franco to Madame Daraux. pages parlty unopened. dw Fine- £285

Galloway Mr. A.A. ALPINE CLUB DINNER MENU. Winter Dinner Tuesday, 11th December.   The Alpine Club.  1934   at The Edward VII Rooms, Hotel Victoria. (8 Northumberland Ave., London) with Plan of Tables CHK monogram b/w illus. of Mont Blanc and de Saussure.  fold-out x 4 printed names of famed Alpine Club members and Guests.  Near Fine. £75

Gill M. HIMALAYAN HOSPITALS. Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Legacy. Craig Potton 2011 1st. pp472. colour and b/w illus. throughout. orig. col. pict. boards, red cloth sp. Great book signed by the Author. New £65

Haskett Smith W.P. CLIMBING IN THE BRITISH ISLES. Part II. Wales and Ireland.  Longmans & Co. 1895 1st.  pp197.  with 31 illus. by Ellis Carr and 9 plans. orig. red gilt dec. cloth, rare in this condition. the pair.  Fine-

Haskett Smith W.P. CLIMBING IN THE BRITISH ISLES. Part I. England.  Longmans & Co. 1894 1st.  pp162.  with 23 illus. by Ellis Carr and 5 plans. orig. red gilt dec. cloth, sl. marked. rare in this condition. the pair.  Fine- £235

Hauser G. WHITE MOUNTAIN AND TAWNY PLAIN.    George Allen & Unwin Ltd.  1961 1st.  pp223.  15 illus. 2 maps.  unpc dw Near Fine £30

Hillary E. autographed home address letterhead.       signed E.P. Hillary   £165

Hinchliff T.W. SUMMER MONTHS AMONG THE ALPS: with the Ascent of Monte Rosa.  Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts. 1857 1st.  pp312.  4 chromolitho plates, inc. the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Wetterhorn. 3 fold. cold. maps. orig. rust coloured cloth gilt rubbed and marked, with some sp. lean. 'one of 200 copies'  Very Good- £950

Howard-Bury Lieut.-Col. C.K. MOUNT EVEREST THE RECONNAISSANCE: 1921.   Edward Arnold & Co. 1922 1st.  pp350.  frontis. 32 illus. 3 cold. fold. maps. orig. blue cloth gilt. uncut. *giclee facs. unpc dw Near Fine £395

Hunt J. THE ASCENT OF EVEREST.   Hodder & Stoughton.  1953 1st.  pp300.  cold. frontis. 7 cold. plates. 48 b/w. text illus. by Charles Evans. Signed by Tenzing, John Hunt, Charles Evans, Ed Hillary, Charles Wylie, Michael Ward, Mike Westmacott, George Lowe, George Band, Alf Gregory, Tom Bourdillon, Wilfrid Noyce, Griffith Pugh, Tom Stobart. Signed also by Jan Morris. But a very rare example of a copy signed by all the team members at the time. in 25/- net dw Very Good

Jones O.G. ROCK-CLIMBING IN THE ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT.   Longmans, Green, and Co.  1897 1st.  pp284.  with 30 fullpage illustration in collotype and 9 lithograph plate diagrams of the chief routes. A rare copy of the first edition in original cloth, gilt. sp. rubbed. insc. to Herbert Somerset (Bullock) 1897.  Very Good- £350

Milner C.D. MONT BLANC AND THE AIGUILLES.   Robert Hale. 1955 1st.  pp176.  70 illus. by the Author. 4 map-diagrams. quite scarce. sp. faded. marked e.p.s. unpc dw- Very Good- £38

Morris J. CORONATION EVEREST.  Faber & Faber.  1963 School Edition. pp146.  3 maps. Signed by the Author Jan Morris.  Near Fine £95

Morris J. CORONATION EVEREST.  Faber & Faber.  1958 1st. pp146.  8pp. of photographs and some maps. d/w suggests col. plates, but all deleted Signed by the Author Jan Morris. *giclee facs. unpc dw Near Fine £145

Morris J. THE FIRST ASCENT OF MOUNT EVEREST. Supplement. with a full page photo 'On The Summit' Tensing, photographed by his companion Hillary, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 1953.  The Times. 1953 Saturday 11th July  pp32.  fully illustrated with photos and diagrams, adverts. rare original newspaper Signed by Jan Morris. The Times Special Correspondent.  Very Good- £145

Morris, with John Hunt J. EVEREST COLOUR SUPPLEMENT.   The Times.  rpt.  pp8.  cold. and b/w illus. Signed by Jan Morris. The Times Special Correspondent. rare in this condition.  Fine £85

Morris, with John Hunt J. EVEREST COLOUR SUPPLEMENT.   The Times. 1953 1st.  pp24.  cold. and b/w illus. sketch map.  Signed by Jan Morris. The Times Special Correspondent. rare in this condition.  Fine £250

Mummery A.F. MY CLIMBS IN THE ALPS AND CAUCASUS.   T. Fisher Unwin. 1895 1st.  pp360.  frontis. 9 full page photogravures and 2 lithographs. 21 text illus. lightly spotted throughout. orig. cloth. sl. grubby as usual. uncut. t.e.g. sp. leather label rubbed. The Rare First Edition.   Very Good £345

Mummery A.F. MY CLIMBS IN THE ALPS AND CAUCASUS.   T. Fisher Unwin. 1895 1st.  pp360.  frontis. 9 full page photogravures and 2 lithographs. 21 text illus. lightly spotted throughout. orig. cloth. sl. grubby as usual. uncut. t.e.g. sp. leather label rubbed. The Rare First Edition.   Very Good £345

Norton Lt. Col. E.F. THE FIGHT FOR EVEREST: 1924   Edward Arnold.  1925 1st.  pp372.  cold. frontis. & 7 cold. plates by T.H. Somervell. 24 mono. panorama. map. orig. green cloth gilt. some faint mottling. uncut. with a.l.s from Noel Odell and original photograph of Sandy Irvine inserted. *giclee copy colour dw. Very Good £695

Purves (ed.) L. ADVENTURES UNDER SAIL.  Selected writings of H.W. Tilman.  Victor Gollancz. 1982 proof  pp254.  illus. maps. diagram. not for publication. printed covers.  Fine- £35

Rebuffat G. ETOILES ET TEMPETES. (Starlight and Storm) (Six Faces Nord)  Arthaud.  1954   pp147 37 illus. 6 route diagrams. sketch map. Grand prix litteraire de la Montagne 1954. pres. copy Signed by Rebuffat '' dw- Very Good- £75

Rey G. THE MATTERHORN.   T. Fisher Unwin. 1907 1st.  pp336.  14 cold. plates. 23 drawings by Edoardo Rubino and 11 photos. orig. tan cloth quite rubbed. t.e.g. uncut. leather gilt spine labels worn.  Good £95

Robertson D. GEORGE MALLORY.   Faber and Faber. 1969 1st.  pp279.  frontis. 20 plates. 5 maps. signed by Jan Morris who the original TIMES review of this book. unpc dw Near Fine £225

Rowell G.A. THE VERTICAL WORLD OF YOSEMITE. A Collection of Writings and Photographs on Rock Climbing in Yosemite.  Wilderness Press.  1974 1st.  pp207.  very many cold. and b/w illus.  unpc dw- Very Good £45

Shipton E. CHALLENGE TO MOUNT EVEREST. Supplement.   The Times. 1953 5th. May  ppviii.  fully illustrated with photos and diagrams, adverts. a rare Everest supplement newspaper. Signed by the TIMES special correspondent Jan Morris.  Fine- £245

Smith Albert COMIC TALES AND PICTURES OF LIFE.   David Bryce, 44 Paternoster Row, London.  1864   pp314.  illustrated by John Leech. which includes 'Loose Leaves from the Travellers Album at Chamonix' describing his first visit. recased in orig. cold. printed boards. Two shillings series. new spine.  Very Good- £295

Smith Albert THE STORY OF MONT BLANC. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine Vol LXXI January-June 1852  1852 The first publication of the Smith narrative which precedes even the privately printed edition. pp35 - 55 wood engravings in text. new and handsome half calf with marbled boards.  Near Fine £485

Smith Albert THE STORY OF MONT BLANC. in The Boy's Own Magazine.  S.O. Beeton. 1860  pp303,345,383,429,461. very rare complete serialisation in 5 parts complete. with 19 woodcut illus. cont. half calf, marbled boards.  Very Good £395

Tenzing  AFTER EVEREST. An Autobiography by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. as told to Malcolm Barnes.  Allen & Unwin.  1977 1st.  pp184.  15 + b/w plates & 8 + colour plates. Signed by Tenzing on title page. pc dw Near Fine £595

Tilman H.W. ICE WITH EVERYTHING.   Nautical Pub. Co. 1974 1st.  pp142.  19 plates. 2 maps & e.p. maps. ex-lib. label and r.s.m. dw Near Fine £35

Tilman H.W. MISCHIEF AMONG THE PENGUINS.   Rupert Hart-Davis.  1961 1st.  pp192.  frontis. 19 illus. 4 maps and diagrams.  pc dw Near Fine- £65

Tilman H.W. MISCHIEF IN PATAGONIA.   C.U.P.  1957 1st.  pp185.  16 plates and 2 maps.  dw Near Fine £95

Tilman H.W. MOSTLY MISCHIEF. Voyages to the Arctic and to the Antarctic.       dw  £35

Tilman H.W. THE ASCENT OF NANDA DEVI.   C.U.P.  1937 1st.  pp235.  frontis. 34 illus. 2 maps. orig. cloth worn. insc. 'R.F. Stobart (the 'Belay') - in memory of many happy & gloriously strenuous days on a variety of mountains' N.E.Odell (Yodel-B.') Aug. 1937 with Odell's account in The Geographical Magazine Aug. 1937 *giclee copy colour dw. Good £295

Turner (Editor) E. Raymond. The CLIMBERS' CLUB JOURNAL.   1899 - 1913   vols. II - III nos., IV-V nos. 13 - 20, VIII-IX nos. 30 - 36, X-XI nos. 37 - 44.  blue cloth gilt. owner insc. Lewis Moore (President Yorkshire Ramblers Club).  Very Good £250

Wedgwood Glass   WEDGWOOD HANDMADE GLASS EVEREST GOBLET. engraved Cased amehtyst etched glass glass '25th Anniversary of the Conquest of Everest 1953 - 1978'  by Edmund Hillary and Norkay Tenzing 29th May 1953. 1978 Ltd edition no. 443 of 1500 only.  engraved with iconic image of Tenzing standing on the summit and of the route in the Western Cwm with summits of Everest and Lhotse. 16 cms. tall. limitation number etched on base.  Near Fine- £400

Whymper E. CHAMONIX AND THE RANGE OF MONT BLANC. A Guide to.  John Murray. 1907 12th.  pp206 + 48.  63 illustrations, plans and map of the Chain of Mont Blanc. with advertisements. orig. pict. wrappers. fr. cover stuck to p.1 in margin.  Very Good £145

Whymper E. SCRAMBLES AMONGST THE ALPS IN THE YEARS 1860-69.    John Murray. 1871 true 1st. edition of which only 1245 copies were printed.  pp432.  21 full page engravings (these printed by the author). 90 text engravings. 5 fold. maps. The plate opp. p.127 'a cannonade on The Matterhorn' has the off white coloured sky. susequent editions do not. otig. green cloth.  Near Fine- £1,475

Woolley VC. MC. G.H. THE EPIC OF THE MOUNTAINS.   Basil Blackwell, Oxford.  1929 1st.  pp16.  a poem of the Rocky Mountains. orig. printed wrappers. rare.  Very Good- £60

Young G.W. ON HIGH HILLS. Memories of the Alps  Methuen & Co. Ltd. 1927 1st.  pp368.  24 illus. orig. cloth gilt.  Near Fine- £85

Young G.W. THE GRACE OF FORGETTING.   Country Life.  1953 1st.  pp352.  frontis. 28 photos. 5 line illus. sl. faded boards. unpc dw- Very Good £28

Somervell, T. Howard. [1890-1975] Nilgiri Hills. Southern India 1933 watercolour heightened with bodycolour on K brown paper.. signed lower left with date. 27 x 37 cms. original frame. [37 x 47]


Zurbriggen M. FROM THE ALPS TO THE ANDES. Being The Autobiography of a Mountain Guide.  T. Fisher Unwin. 1899 1st.  pp269.  frontis. 54 illus., some by A.D. McCormick. orig. red cloth gilt. dec. sl. faded fr. board. ex-library marking on title page, no other markings. t.e.g. uncut. a rare book.  Very Good- £895

 DOUGLAS W. FRESHFIELD bust profile bronze wall plaque 10.5 cms.  MCMXXII   memorial piece (for The Royal Geographical Society??)    £395