Les Alpes Livres

Mountains and Mountaineering

in Art and Literature


Tony Astill F.R.G.S.

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Bonatti W. THE MAGIC OF MONT BLANC.   Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1985 1st.  pp208.  upwards of 200 colour illustrations. rare with Walter BONATTI signature tipped in. in dw Near Fine £245

Bonington C. ANNAPURNA SOUTH FACE EXPEDITION 1970 - Commemorative Cover Postcard from Base Camp. most unusual NOT signed by Chris Bonington, but signed by Don Whillans, Dougal Haston, Mick Burke, Martin Boysen, Kelvin Kent, Nick Estcourt, Tom Frost, Mike Thompson and Dave Lambert. (also not by Ian Clough who was tragically killed by an avalanche on this expedition).  1970 1st.  photo. illus. of Annapurna South Face.   Near Fine £400

E P   THROUGH NEPAL TO EVEREST. MOUNT EVEREST 1953 FILM STRIP 35mm SINGLE SCENE COLOUR FILM STRIP Educational Productions Ltd. 17, Denbigh St. London, S.W.1. 1953   40 coloured negs. These include the most iconic images and few are believed to have survived. contained in the original round tin with printed paper label. together with the original printed booklet 'Notes for use with the Filmstrip' by Wilfred Noyce. 43 frames in colour Price 25/-  Very Good £795

Gordon D.G.H. FIFTY YEARS OF FAILURE: Confessions of an Optimist   Smith, Elder, & Co.  1905 1st.  pp325 + ads. frontis. with some memoirs of climbing the Matterhorn and in the Bernese Oberland with the guide Peter Baumann. orig. blue cloth. deleted lib. label.  Good. £38

Heim, A. and Gansser A. THRON DER GOTTER. Erlebnisse der ersten Schweizerischen Himalaya-Expedition. Morgarten Verlag Aktiengesellschaft. 1938 1st.  pp270. 220 plates in photogravure. 18 text sketches. 11 musical items. 2 panoramas. 1 map. orig. cloth sl. worn. Signed in Zurich by Dr. Augusto Gansser Dezember 1937! in laser copy English edition dw Near Fine £120

Messner and Gogna A. R. K2 MOUNTAIN OF MOUNTAINS.   Salamandar Books.  1995 1st.  pp160 cold. & b/w photos. signed by Tony Streather and Audrey Salkeld. in unpc dw Near Fine £75

Noel Capt. J.B.L. MOUNT EVEREST. complete Series of 20 photographic Cigarette Cards.  John Player & Sons.  1924 1st.  depicting views from the 1922 Mount Everest expedition, 2 from photographs by Dr. T.H. Somervell and mostly not reproduced elsewhere. rare.  Near Fine £150

Smythe F.S. EDWARD WHYMPER.   Hodder & Stoughton. 1940 1st.  pp330.  frontis. 23 plates. 3 text & 3 maps (2 fold.). orig. red cloth. in facsimile colour dw Very Good £85

Tenzing Norgay Sherpa 25th Annivesary Conquest of Everest stamp sheet signed by John Hunt & Tenzing Special imperforated commemorative sheet printed in blue 6 1/2p to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest.   1978    extremely rare. imprinted with Queen Elizabeth II "Machin" postage stamp (2 phos. bands) Printed on ribbed watermarked paper.  Mint £450

Tenzing  Green ink signature 'Tenzing' and date 30/8/55 in his hand on envelope addressed to C.R. Butterfield, 5 Bloomfield St. Springfield, Mass.      bearing a typed quotation by Edmund Hillary referring to Tenzing and himself reaching the summit of Everest.  The quotation is surrounded by a colourful design. The verso of the envelope bears Tenzing's typed address and is postally cancelled at Darjeeling 30 VIII 55 over 2 Indian postage stamps. i.e. returned to the sender by Tenzing. A most unusual and unique item.  30th August 1955. £495

West (Ed.) G.T.W. ROCK CLIMBS ON THE MOUNTAIN LIMESTONE OF DERBYSHIRE.   Cade & Co.  1st.  pp152.  frontis. photo illus. diagrams. orig. blue cloth.  Very Good £28

Whymper E. A LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE MEMBERS OF THE ALPINE CLUB.   Privately Printed by the Author. 1900 1st.  pp16.  in which Whymper responds to an accusation by Coolidge that the Almer 'leap' did not take place. frontis. engraving of 'the leap'. most rare - perhaps 100 copies?? original printed wrappers. Printed For Private Circulation.  Near Fine £995

Wilbraham Hon. E.B. NARRATIVE OF AN ASCENT OF MONT BLANC in August 1830.   Longman, Rees. 1832 1st.  pp318 includes the rare 16pp Mont Blanc narrative in the Keepsake 1832. Original pinkish-red moiré (watered silk) binding titled in gilt. sp. worn at edges.  Very Good- £295

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