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Mountains and Mountaineering in Art and Literature

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Barnard G. DRAWING FROM NATURE. with Examples from Switzerland and the Pyrenees. George Routledge & Sons. 1877 new  pp348.  18 coloured lithograph plates. 100+ woodcuts. inc. views of the Matterhorn, Valley of Aoste, Jungfrau, Aiguilles Verte and Dru lithographs and illus. loose gutta percha, as usual. orig. green gilt dec. cloth. t.e.g.  Very Good £185

Bauer P. HIMALAYAN CAMPAIGN. The Attack on Kangchenjunga  Blackwell.  1937 1st.  pp174.  82 plates, maps and elevations.  orig. beige cloth. pc dw Very Good+ £70

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

Blackburn H. THE PYRENEES: A Description of Summer Life at French Watering Places.   Sampson Low, Son.  1881 new, rev.  pp245. over 100 illus. by Gustave Dore. new map. orig. green cloth gilt. hinges weak and some wear.  Good+ £45

Bruce Brig.-Gen. Hon.  C.G. THE ASSAULT ON MOUNT EVEREST 1922.    Edward Arnold & Co. 1923 1st.  pp339.  frontis. 35 plates and 2 maps [fold.]  orig. red cloth gilt. uncut. some wear at edges, sp. sl. faded and cloth sl. 'bubbled'. fasc. colour dw. Very Good- £345

Chevalley G., Dittert R. & Lambert R. AVANT-PREMIERES A L'EVEREST.   Arthaud.  1953 1st.  pp310.  40  illus. text drawings. maps. uncut. Presentation copy from the Publisher on Bookplate of The Library of the Ladies Alpine Club. unopened copy.  Near Fine £60

Emery M.S. MONT BLANC THROUGH THE STEREOSCOPE.   Underwood and Underwood.  c1900 1st.  24 stereoscopic views which include nos. 78 - 100 of the Ascent of Mont Blanc. complete in single volume boxed set.  Near Fine £450

Finch Capt. G.I. CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST.   George Philip & Son.  1930 1st.  pp72.  Philips "New Prospect" Readers for Schools. with 23 illus. text figs. orig. pict. card wrappers sl. creased. Rare.  Very Good- £95

Forbes J.D. NORWAY AND ITS GLACIERS VISITED IN 1851: followed by Journals of Excursions in the  High Alps of Dauphine, Berne, and Savoy.  Adam and Charles Black.   1853 1st.  pp349.  10 full page chromolithographic views with tissue guards. 22 wood engravings. 2 maps. [1 fold.] some light foxing. re-cased in original brown blind tooled cloth gilt. bookplate. sp. relaid. orig. binders label Bound By John Gray, Edinburgh.  Very Good £495

George H.B. THE OBERLAND AND ITS GLACIERS: Explored and Illustrated with Ice-Axe and Camera  Alfred W. Bennett.  1866 1st.  pp243.  28 original photograph illustrations and map of the Oberland recased in orig. blue cloth gilt. sp. relaid. One of the first mountaineering books with original photographs.  Very Good £475

Gribble F. LAUSANNE.   Adam and Charles Black.   1909 1st.  pp110.  20 colour plates from watercolours by and apparently his copy signed J. Hardwick Lewis Veytaux Switzerland.   orig. maroon cloth gilt, sp. and covers faded and marked. t.e.g  Good £65

Noyce W. SOUTH COL. One Man's Adventure on the Ascent of Everest 1953.  Heinemann. 1954 1st.  pp303.  4 cold. & 48 b/w plates.16 line drawings and e.p. portraits of team members by A.J. Veilhan who also designed the dust wrapper. 5 maps. sp. faded. Signed by the Author 'Wilfred Noyce' and by Jan Morris. dw Very Good- £295

Rendu M. Le Chanoine. THEORY OF THE GLACIERS OF SAVOY.    Macmillan and Co.  1874 1st.  pp216+65 translated by Alfred Wills. orig. cloth gilt rubbed. r.s.m. rare.  Very Good- £125

Rey G. PEAKS AND PRECIPICES. Scrambles in the Dolomites and Savoy.  T. Fisher Unwin.  1914 1st.  pp238.  frontis. 76 photo illustrations. sl. foxing. orig. gilt pict. cloth. t.e.g. sl. faded and nicked as usual. ex-lib. label.  Very Good- £125

Tenzing Norgay Sherpa First Day Cover of the 25th Anniversary of the First Ascent of Mount Everest and Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 2nd. June 1978. with set of 4 Coronation Stamps to which a 2003 50th anniversary Everest 1st. class stamp is added. The Mount Everest Foundation. 1978    Signed by Ted Hatch who drew the Tenzing figure and by Jan Morris in later years which makes this cover unique.  Fine £150

Tenzing Norgay and Hillary E.P. A Signed First Day of Issue Cover commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the First Ascent of Mount Everest. signed by Tenzing and Hillary, bearing 2 commemorative postage stamps issued by the Kingdom of Nepal, postmarked at Namche Bazar with cancellation 29.5.1978. Franklin Philatelic Ltd. 1978   with the specially stamped Mount Everest medallion, showing Hillary and Tenzing on the summit, in the centre of the envelope. Complete in original presentation wallet with the original letter from Franklin Philatelic re. limited edition of copies??  Fine £450

Walton E. WELSH SCENERY. (Chiefly in Snowdonia). W. M. Thompson.  1873 1st.  pp.  20 chromolithograph views with a descriptive text by T.G. Bonney. light to heavy foxing throughout. recased in orig. brown cloth dec. gilt, worn. a.e.g. binding firm. some rubbing and wear at corners.  Very Good- £650

Weir T. THE ULTIMATE MOUNTAINS. An Account of Four Months' Mountain Exploring in the Central Himalaya.  Cassell & Co. Ltd.  1953 1st.  pp98.  many b/w photo. illus. 4 maps.  dw Very Good £24

Whillans D. & Ormerod A. PORTRAIT OF A MOUNTAINEER.   Heinemann. 1971 1st.  pp266.  25 illus. publishers cloth marked as usual. Signed by Chris Bonington and Doug Scott. pc dw Very Good £145

Whymper E. CHAMONIX AND THE RANGE OF MONT BLANC. A Guide to.  John Murray. 1902 7th.  pp 20+xiv+206+20.  64 illustrations, plans and maps [1 fold. of Mont Blanc repaired] with 40pp advertisements. orig. printed pict. Whymper illus. (The Dru.) wrappers. spine intact, sl. worn.  Very Good £145

Whymper E. SCRAMBLES AMONGST THE ALPS IN THE YEARS 1860-69.    John Murray. 1871 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. Later editions do not. recased in original green cloth gilt. rare copy of the first edition of which only 1245 copies were printed.  Very Good