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201809 Many more mountaineering books and engravings on recently UPDATED website -

some still available from the last list

Please ask for images of any of these mountaineering books, mountain paintings or alpine engravings.

(Please Note abbreviation - unpriceclipped dust wrapper - unpc dw)

 Abraham A.P. ROCK-CLIMBING IN SKYE.   Longmans, Green & Co.  1908 First Edition.  pp330.  30 full page collotype illus. 9 route diagrams. fold. map in e.p. edge torn. orig. blue cloth gilt. t.e.g. light scattered foxing throughout. one of the previous owners, Arthur W. Vallance, has ticked off some of the climbs.  Very Good £375

Ardito S. WALKING & CLIMBING IN THE ALPS. A guide to the finest routes.  Swann Hill Press.  1995  pp176. many cold. illus. throughout. maps and 3D maps. from the library of Walt Unsworth. unpc dw Near Fine £28

Barry M. LAST ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.  Mirror Monthly Magazine 1835 January 17 & 24 Vol. XXV No. 702 pp34-36 & 53-55 engraving 'Reaching the Grand Mulet Rock'. 2 consecutive issues 702 & 703 together handsomely bound in half calf. Rare and precedes the private edition.  Near Fine. £395

Bernt Ernst. E.T. COMPTON. Maler und Bergsteiger zwischen Fels und Firn  Rosenheimer. 1982 First Edition.  pp208.  many cold. and other illus. of Compton paintings. Essential reference book. orig. cloth. very difficult to find. unpc dw Fine £120

Cleare J. THE QUEEN AND MEMBERS OF THE MOUNT EVEREST TEAM OF 1953.      a new 'giclee' print. Signed by John Cleare.  please ask for details of this historic image.    

 Finch G.I. CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST. an extract from a Boy's Annual.  Ward, Lock & Co.  c1930   pp76-103.  16 text and full page illus. sketch map. The first three Everest expeditions extract from a Boy's Annual now bound in stiff card covers, with printed label.  Near Fine £45

Girdlestone Rev. A.G. THE HIGH ALPS WITHOUT GUIDES:  Being a Narrative of Adventures in Switzerland....  Longmans, Green & Co. 1870 First Edition.  pp181.  engraved frontispiece of the Sella by Whymper. 2 fold. maps. (100 copies only.) orig. blue cloth gilt, sl. rubbed. sp. split top left.  Very Good- £850

House S. BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN.   Patagonia Books.  2009   pp285.  cold. and b/w illus., sketch maps.  unpc dw New £25

Norton Lt. Col. E.F. THE FIGHT FOR EVEREST: 1924   Edward Arnold.  1925 First Edition.  pp372.  cold. frontis. & 7 cold. plates by T.H. Somervell. 24 mono. panorama. map. orig. green cloth gilt. *giclee copy colour dw. Near Fine £385

Salkeld & Boyle A.& J. CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST. The Bibliography. The literature and history of climbing Everest.  Sixways Publishing. 1993 First Edition.  pp120.  The literature and history of climbing Everest. Signed by Audrey Salkeld.  New. £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.  Very Good- £195

Smith Albert Original Photograph carte-de-visite showing Smith sitting on the chair. Photographed by C. Silvy 38 Porchester Terrace BAYSWATER W on verso & label of Lacy, Theatrical Bookseller, 89 Strand, London W.C. c1860   rare albumen print made from glass negative. [9.5 x 6 cms.] mounted on original card.  Near Fine £195

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 postage paid to which a 2003 50th anniversary Everest 1st. class stamp is added. The Mount Everest Foundation. 1978   The illustration of 'Tenzing on summit' drawn by Ted Hatch. Signed by Tenzing and John Hunt.   Near Fine £395

Tenzing and Hunt, John. Norgay Sherpa 25th Anniversary Conquest of Everest stamp sheet SIGNED by John Hunt & Tenzing Special imperforated commemorative sheet printed in blue 6 1/2p Limited to 500 copies.   1978    extremely rare. imprinted with Queen Elizabeth II "Machin" postage stamp (2 phos. bands) Printed on ribbed watermarked paper.  Mint £450

Walton E. THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS OF THE ALPS. From Water-Colour Drawings.  Day and Son.  1867 First Edition.  pp61.  privately printed subscription edition. 21 fine mounted chromolithographed plates by J.H. Lowes, inc. The Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. with descriptive text by T.G. Bonney. attractive new binding combining original cloth gilt title with calf gilt dec. spine, raised bands and corners. ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE OF ALL ALPINE BOOKS.  Very Good £10,500

Webster-Smith B. THE SIEGE OF MOUNT EVEREST. Climbing the World's Highest Mountain.  Ward Lock & Co. c1940 First Edition.  pp10.  4 illus. extract from a Boy's Annual now bound in stiff card covers, with printed label. with printed label. Fine £40

Whillans D. & Ormerod A. DON WHILLANS. Portrait of a Mountaineer.  Heinemann. 1971 First Edition.  pp266.  25 illus. orig. blue cloth unmarked. unpc dw Near Fine- £95

Whymper E. THE FIRST ASCENT OF THE GREAT WHITE MOUNTAIN.   1895  pp 614-624 full page engraving The Breithorn and Petit Mont Cervin, and 6 text with map. extract from Victorian publictaion now in stiff card covers and printed title label.  Near Fine £65

Hillary - Everest. A brass TELESCOPE, 3 sections, extends to 29 inches. Magnification 25x - 40x. Hillary - Everest is engraved in the first telescopic section.  Made in England by Newbold & Bulford. c1953   stamped 'Hilary-Everest X25 X40 and 63.5 max. length. in 3 sections bound in leather and in the original leather carrying case with strap.   As New. £495

Birmann, S. LE MONT BLANC VU DE SERVOZ. 1826 fine hand coloured aquatint. framed and glazed. [12.5 x 17 cms.] 1826 a/t col. £450

For a further selection of engravings/gravures etc.

1343 Sheriff, G.V. Capel Cerig Lake. c1880 watercolour. signed b.r. original label on verso. from the collection of George Band. 49 x 75 cms. later frame.  £475


Artists include - Somervell, T. Howard. Walton, Elijah. Maggi, Cesar. Wibault, Marcel. Harding, James Duffield.

Gheduzzi, Giuseppe. Bleuler, Johann Ludwig. Loppé, Gabriel. Poole, James (Mountain). Gos, François Marc Eugene

Bates, David. Müller, Rudolph. Goodwin, Harry. Cooper, William Heaton. Cockburn, Maj.-Gen. James Pattison.

Roda, Leonardo. Elwell, Frederick William. Arnegger, Alois. Rowbotham, Thomas Charles Leeson.

Payne, William. Evans, Samuel Thomas George. Barnard, George.

New selection of old and rare Mountaineering Books for sale

Abraham G. and A. ROCK-CLIMBING IN NORTH WALES.   G.P. Abraham. 1906 1st. First Edition.  pp394.  30 full page monogravure plates. 10 pen & ink sketches. 11 outline drawings of the chief routes. orig. cloth gilt. recased. t.e.g.  Very Good

Benson C.E. BRITISH MOUNTAINEERING.   George Routledge & Sons, Ltd.  1909 1st.   pp224.  frontis. 36 illus. equipment diagrams. orig. green cloth with black pict. cover & dec. gilt sp.  Very Good

Bruce C.G. KULU AND LAHOUL.   Edward Arnold.  1910 1st. First Edition.  xvi + pp335.  21 plates. illus. map. orig. green cloth which is rebound in matching cloth with silver titled fr. cloth and sp. relaid. *giclee copy colour dw. Very Good

Filippi F. de. THE ASCENT OF MOUNT ST. ELIAS [ALASKA] By H.R.H. Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy.  Archibald Constable.  1900 1st. First Edition.  pp241.  frontis., port. 32 photogravure plates,  illus., 4 fold. panoramic views and 2 fold. maps. rebound. original green cloth gilt and sp. relaid. t.e.g.  Very Good

Freshfield D.W. ITALIAN ALPS. Sketches in the Mountains of Ticino, Lombardy, the Trentino, and Venetia.  Longmans, Green and Co.  1875 1st. First Edition.  pp380.  frontis. title vignette, 8 wood engravings by Josiah Gilbert, F.F. Tuckett and D.W. Freshfield. 5 maps [fold.]. orginal green cloth dec. gilt. sl. worn, recased and sp. relaid.  Very Good

Heaton Cooper W. WIND AND SUN, WASTWATER. coloured print.      27 x 38 cms. in frame. signed and titled in pencil by the artist.  

Heer J.C  GUIDE to LUCERNE, the LAKE and its ENVIRONS. Souvenir Hotel Beau-Rivage Lucerne. issued by The Official Commission of Traffic, Lucerne.  1900 9th.   pp180.  fold. panorama, 3 maps [fold.] and many engravings throughout. original gilt emnbossed pink cloth covers.  Very Good

Hillary E. HIGH ADVENTURE.   Hodder & Stoughton. 1955 1st. First Edition.  pp224.  cold. frontis. 31 plates. Signed by the author 'E. P. Hillary'. in 16s. net un-pc dw, also on rear flap. plastic covered. Very Good-

Jones O.G. ROCK-CLIMBING IN THE ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT.   Longmans, Green, and Co.  1897 1st. First Edition.  pp284.  with 30 fullpage illustration in collotype and 9 lithograph plate diagrams of the chief routes. The rare first edition in original cloth, gilt. sp. rubbed, now recased.  Very Good-

Liebig  CIME CLASSICHE DELLE DOLOMITI    Liebig. Compagnia Italiana Liebig - Milano. 1957    6 chromo views. Crozzon di Brenta, Tre Cimi di Lavaredo, La Marmolada, La Civetta, La Tofana, Il Catinaccio.   

Liebig  MAESTA DELLE ALPI.   1941    6 chromo views. Monte Rosa, Il Cervino, Disgrazia, Meije, Crozzon di Brenata e la Cima Tosa, Blumlisalp.   

Malartic Y. LA CONQUETE DE L'EVEREST PAR LE SHERPA TENSING.   Scorpion.   1953 1st.   pp300.  3 maps over 6 pages. French red half calf, marbled papers with orig. cold. paper wrappers.  Very Good

Milner C.D ROCK FOR CLIMBING.   Chapman & Hall.  1950 1st. First Edition.  pp128.  97 photographs by the Author.   Very Good.

Newby E. GREAT ASCENTS. a Narrative History of Mountaineering  David and Charles.  1977 1st. First Edition.  pp208.  many cold and b/w illus. From the Library of Walt Unsworth. dw Near Fine

Noel, M.A. B.W. NOTES OF A TOUR IN SWITZERLAND, in the summer of 1847.   James Nisbet and Co.  1868 1st. First Edition.  pp308.  stone litho frontis., title vignette and 6 others inc. View of the Mer de Glace, General view of Mont Blanc from Sallenche, and of Berne. orig. pict. dec. green cloth gilt. recased with new cloth sp. and leather sp. label. Perret 'Rare'  Very Good

Reynolds K. A WALK IN THE CLOUDS. Fifty Years Among the Mountains.  Cicerone.  2013 1st. First Edition.  pp207.  b/w illus. pres. copy from the author to 'Walt' Unsworth.  Near Fine

Smith Albert A CLIMB TO THE HIGHEST POINT IN EUROPE.   The Leisure Hour.  1853 1st.   pp465-69 & 481-86. 2 full page and 2 text wood engravings. published July 28 1853. newly bound.  Very Good

Smith Albert A Copeland, late Spode, Commemorative blue Plate with the portrait of Albert Smith in the centre. diameter 23cms. An example of this very rare piece of  Mont Blanc 'Smithiania' 160 New Bond Street, London. [1870]    An example of this very rare piece of  Mont Blanc 'Smithiania' in excellent condition.  in excellent condition.

Unsworth W. THE BOOK OF ROCK CLIMBING   Barker.  1968 1st. First Edition.  pp112.  45 illus. insc. 'Published 1968 Authors copy. unpc dw Near Fine-

Venables et al. S. EVEREST. Summit of Achievement.  Ted Smart 2003 imprint imprint  pp252. very many illustrations in colour and b/w. Signed by Jan Morris. dw Very Good

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.  of 1500 only. Ltd edition no. 653 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-

Weir T. WEIR'S WAY.   Gordon Wright.  1981 1st.   pp207.  illus.  unpc dw Near Fine-

Whymper E. JEAN-ANTOINE CARREL. taken during the Andes expedition.  c1880    an original silver gelatin photograph by Edward Whymper. [25 x 30 cms.]   Very Good

Whymper E. SCRAMBLES AMONGST THE ALPS IN THE YEARS 1860-69.    John Murray. 1871 2nd. edition. 2nd. edition.  pp432.  23 full page engravings. 92 text. 5 fold. maps. The body of the work is printed by R.Clark, Edinburgh; the separate Plates have been printed by the AUTHOR. recased in original green cloth gilt.  Very Good

Wilbraham Hon. E.B. NARRATIVE OF AN ASCENT OF MONT BLANC in August 1830.   Longman, Rees. 1832 1st. First Edition.  pp318 includes the rare 16pp Mont Blanc narrative in the Keepsake 1832. ex-lib. green cloth. r.s.m. title page.  Very Good-

Workman F.B. & W.H. PEAKS AND GLACIERS OF NUN KUN. A Record of Pioneer-Exploration and Mountaineering in the Punjab Himalaya.  Constable and Co. Ltd.  1909 1st.   pp204.  with map and 92 illustrations inc. panoramas. recased in original cold. pictorial cloth gilt. presentation copy from the publisher. ex-library copy with r.s.m. on the back of each plate. t.e.g. otherwise it is a very decent copy.   Very Good-

DAVOS PLATZ Switzerland. Alpine Resort for Tourists.... With special reference to the Grand Hotel and Pension Belvedere  1891 1st. First Edition.  pp71.  frontis. 22 full page illus. adverts, folding map. 60 walks described. rare in original printed wrappers. contains a printed letter of invitation from the Bevedere’s then proprietor J C Coester  Near Fine

Linck, Jean-Antoine. VUE DE LAUSANNE. 1787 hand coloured etching. heightened gouache. on laid paper. fait par J. Ant. Linck 36 x 48 cms.