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Mountains and Mountaineering in Art and Literature


Tony Astill F.R.G.S.

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Bonington C. CHRIS BONINGTON typed and signed letterhead.   1992   signed by Chris Bonington. single side Thankyou for your letter requesting a signed photograph........   £45

Conefrey  THE LAST GREAT MOUNTAIN. The First Ascent of Kangchenjunga.  The Author.  2020 1st.  pp324.  b/w illus. in the text. hardback unpc dw New £20

Conway W.M. CLIMBING AND EXPLORATION IN THE KARAKORAM-HIMALAYAS.   T. Fisher Unwin.  1894 1st. pp709.  300 Illustrated from Drawings by A.D.McCormick. Large Folding Map.  recased in original pictorial cloth faded. sp. relaid. t.e.g. uncut. internally very good.  Good £395

Daily Mail  THE CROWNING GLORY - EVEREST CONQUERED Edward Hillary plants the Queen's flag on the top of the world.  1953  Tuesday, June 2  pp12.  illus. broadsheet newspaper. complete issue of this original newspaper.  Good £45

Everest  L' EVEREST - EXPLORATIONS ET AVENTURES. Series 7  Album Nestle.  1955   11 illus. views of the Swiss Everest Expedition. Rare Poster card stamp set.  Fine £90

Filippi F. de. RUWENZORI. An Account of the Expedition of H.R.H. Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy  Constable & Co.  1908 1st. pp408.  many full page plates, fold. panorama and text photos by Vittorio Sella. 5 maps (3 cold. fold.). recased in orig. red buckram gilt. sp. a little faded and edge rubbed. t.e.g. uncut.  Very Good £495

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. This one in it's original but worn box!  As New otherwise. £595

Messner R. EVEREST. Expedition to the Ultimate.  Kaye & Ward. 1979 1st.  pp254.  cold. & b/w photos. diagrams. Signed by Reinhold Messner. unpc dw Near Fine £90

Morris, with John Hunt 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.  Very Good £45

Noel Capt. J.B.L. THROUGH TIBET TO EVEREST.   Edward Arnold & Co.  1927 1st.  pp302.  frontis. and illus. orig. blue cloth gilt. giclee facs. unpc dw Fine £345

Shipton E. THE MOUNT EVEREST RECONNAISSANCE EXPEDITION 1951.   Hodder & Stoughton. 1952 1st.  pp128.  many b/w photo illus.  unpc repaired dw- Very Good £65

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 all four Queen's Coronation Anniversary stamps, 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 and signed by him.   Near Fine £65

Wollaston A.F.R. NORTH EAST RIDGE OF MOUNT EVEREST.   Mount Everest Committee.  1922   Original Photographic Postcard No.16. A rare postcard.  Very Good- £50

Whymper E. TRAVELS AMONGST THE GREAT ANDES OF THE EQUATOR.   John Murray.  1892 2nd.  pp456. 20 full page and 118 engraved illustrations drawn by various artists and engraved by the author. 4 maps inc. 1 cold. fold. in e.p. full calf school prize binding with five gilt dec. compartments and raised bands. front board becoming detached. a.e.g.  Very Good- £145

Bonatti W. THE GREAT DAYS.   Victor Gollancz.  1978 4th.  pp189.  35 photo. illus. translated by Geoffrey Sutton. Signed by Walter BONATTI. price sticker £7.95 over £4.95 unpc dw Fine £350

Cassin R. 50 YEARS OF ALPINISM.   Diadem.  1981 1st.  pp207.  90 plates. 7 text maps & diagrams. Signed by R. Cassin. unpc dw Fine £245

Galignani's  TRAVELLERS GUIDE THROUGH SWITZERLAND. Compiled from the much esteemed works of Ebel and Coxe.  A. and W. Galignani.  1824 8th.  xxxvi + pp456  pp106-130 Mont Blanc, M. de Saussure, Subsequent Ascents. pp170-188 Chapter II Excursion from Geneva to Chamouny... original printed paper covers. uncut. lacks last pages 457 - 593  Good- £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. red cloth gilt. decorated sp. and front board marked with ring, rear board marked. top & bottom sp. nicked. new fr. e.p. a.e.g. The more attractive and rare variant binding.  Very Good- £950

Palmer sculp. Islington W. MONT BLANC and the Adjacent ALPS.  Printed for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, in The Strand. London. 1789   copper engraving on wove paper folding map [43 x 51 cms.]  Very Good

Saturday Magazine  STORMS AND AVALANCHES OF THE ALPS. as represented by Mr. Auldjo.  John William Parker.  1837  December.   pp3 (8) 1 part with engraving.   Very Good- £45

Smith (after) A. ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. see Madame Chatelain peepshow (after William Beverley)   A.A. Marlow.  c1855   Nine hand painted Magic Lantern Slides in mahogany frames with titles in ink along the edge. 'Coming Down', 'The Summit of Mont Blanc', 'Martigny', 'Hazardous Ascent of the Mur de la Cote', 'Cascade and Chalet of Les Pelerins', 'approach to the Glacier des Bossons', 'The Grand Plateau by Moonlight', 'Chillon', 'Courtyard of Tairraz Hotel de Londres, at Chamouni'.   £4,500

White W. TO SWITZERLAND AND BACK, WITH A VISIT TO MONT BLANC.   Geo. Routledge and Co. Farringdon Street, London.  1855 one shilling edition.  pp 208.  illus. of Mont Blanc on front board. orig. pict. printed yellow boards rebacked with recent yellow cloth, retaining orig, title, edges rubbed a little. Rare not in Neate, Perret or A.C.   Very Good £385

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 publication now in stiff card covers and printed title label.  Near Fine £65

Wills A. WANDERINGS AMONG THE HIGH ALPS.   Richard Bentley.  1856 1st. pp384.  4 tinted lithographs (foxed) illustrations 2 of the 'Ascent of the Wetterhorn', 'Night Encampment on the Mer de Glace', 'View from the Gumihorn'. recased in original blind stamped blue cloth spine decorated gilt. sl. rubbed and fadedhinges weak.  Very Good- £395

Wills A. "THE EAGLE'S NEST" IN THE VALLEY OF THE SIXT; A Summer Home Among The Alps: Together with some Excursions among the Great Glaciers.  Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts.  1860 2nd. pp327. 12 tinted. litho plates inc. Monte Rosa. frontis of 'The Eagle's Nest'.  2 fold. maps. original extravagant gilt embossed pict. dec. blue cloth. a really bright copy.  Near Fine £625

Curzon The Hon. Robert ARMENIA: a Year at Erzeroom, and on the Frontiers of Russia, Turkey, and Persia.  John Murray.  1854 1st.  pp253.  frontis. woodcuts, plates. map. cont. three quarter calf gilt. a little rubbed.  Very Good £220


Baxter G. VERRES Val d'Aosta, Italy.   1868   Collegiate Church of Saint Giles. 20.6 x 15.8 cms.   

 RIFFELALP und MATTERHORN.  Roemmler & Jonas, Dresden. 1892   photograph mounted. Cabinet Card CDV 6.5 x 10.5 cms.  Near Fine £45

 ZERMATT et le MONT CERVIN.  Roemmler & Jonas, Dresden. 1896   photograph mounted. Cabinet Card CDV 10.5 x 16.5 cms.  Near Fine £55

Garcin A. SOUVENIR DE LA SUISSE.   A. Garcin. Photographie, Geneve.  c1880   24 orig. photo. fold. views. (10 x 15 cms.) inc. Le Mont Cervin et L'Hotel du Riffel, Geneve et Le Mont Blanc, Interlaken et La Jungfrau, Grindelwald et Le Wetterhorn, Zurich, Le Mont Rose Vu du Gornergrat, Chamonix et Le Mont Blanc, Traversee de La Mer de Glace (Chamonix).. orig. blue cloth - very badly stained, but contents are good. oblong 8to.  Very Good- £1,200

Garcin  LE MONT CERVIN ET L'HOTEL DU RIFFEL.   A. Garcin. Photographie, Geneve.  c1880   original albumen photograph - Carte de Visite  on card printed details crest verso.  Very Good

Dikenmann, R. ? VUE DU MONTBLANC prise de Sallenche. 1840 aquatint [5.3 x 7.7 cms.] 1840

Schmuzer, Jacob Xavier. VIEW OF MONT - BLANC and LAKE OF CHEDE. 1799 copper engraving colour by hand. on wove paper with watermark. [16 x 21.5 cms.] 1799 £360

Muller SAUSSURE BESTEIGHT DEN MONTBLANC. 1835 copper engraving on wove paper. [19.5 x 14 cms.]  £400

Lory G. fils VUE D'UNTERSEEN ET D'INTERLACKEN. 1822 hand coloured aquatint with gum arabic. large format. [19 x 28] cms. 1822 £300

Thonert Mr Saussure und sein Sohn ersteigen den Montblanc im Monath July 1788 1805 etching original hand colouring. wove paper. [14.8 x 19.8 cms.] 1805 £950

Bleuler, Johann Heinrich [1758-1823] MONT BLANC from Col de Balme. Chamonix Valley. 1819 fine hand coloured aquatint with gouache. signed Bleuler with date. [17.8 x 27.5 cms.] 1819 £1,200

Linck, Jean-Antoine. VUE DU LAC DE CHEDDE ET DU MONT BLANC. 1787 hand coloured etching. heightened white gouache. on laid paper. with ink title and 'fait par J. Ant. Linck'. 'Se vend a Geneve chez l'Auteur' [36 x 48.5 cms.] 1787 £3,500

Champod vue generale du MONT-BLANC, prise au dessus de Sallanches. 1840 lithograph on stone. [8.5 x 12.5 cms.] 1840 £100

Turner, J.M.W. Near BONNEVILLE looking towards MONT BLANC. 1902 rare Limited Edition of 150 copies Heliogravure on Japanese Paper.

set of six  ALPINISMO La famose copertine della Domenica del Corriere. 1978   cold. illus. showing Dames Anglaises, Ruwenzori, Cervino, Everest, K2. rare in this condition.  Fine £60

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 also nos. 78 - 100 of the Ascent of Mont Blanc. with the book inc. folding maps and a stereoscopic viewer.   Fine £800

Frith F. ZERMATT AND THE MATTERHORN.   1860-70   Albumen silver print [13.5 x 24.8 cms.] Frith Series blind stamp in bottom left corner.  Very Good

Frith F. CHAMONIX AND MONT BLANC.   1876   Albumen silver print [13.8 x 26.2 cms.]  Frith Series blind stamp in bottom left corner.  Very Good


anon.  MATTERHORN SCHWARTZBAN HOTEL Lac Noir. a Pencil Drawing. 13.5 x 21 cms. on paper c.1920 £145

Richardson, Thomas Miles Jnr. [1813-1890] Hospice, Great Saint Bernard Pass. 1881 watercolour. signed and dated. 34 x 65  cms. framed & glazed.  £3,500

Hill, Thomas [1829-1908] Yosemite Valley. Bridal Veil Falls with Pilute Indians on horse. c1843? oil on paper laid on original canvas and stretcher. not signed. 47.5 x 72 cms.   

Gos, François [1880-1942] Le Cervin de Riffelalp. 1920?? oil on board, white palette. not signed. old label verso. 42 x 36 cms. original continental burr walnut frame. [50 x 43] £2,200

Anderson after Reginal Cleaver. Watching an Ascent of the Matterhorn from a Zermatt Hotel. c1901 watercolour.  25.5 x 20.5 cms.   

Campbell, Elizabeth. Chamouni. (with dog and watermill Moulin?) 1820 watercolour on Whatman Turkey Mills 1817 watermark paper.. ink insc. with title and date. 12.7 x 17.8 cms.   

McCalmont, H.B.B. [1836-1888] after Coleman. Sunset from Grands Mulets. c1860? watercolour.  6.5 x 16 cms.   

Cockburn, Maj.-Gen. James Pattison. [1778-1849] No.7 Mont Blanc from the road leading to Sallanches. 1816 sepia wash with faint graphite underdrawing. On wove paper. insc. in ink with title and the artists signature hand on verso. 27 x 42 cms.   £3,000