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Atkins (Editor J.G.C. his Uncle) H.M. ASCENT TO THE SUMMIT OF MONT BLANC, on the 22nd and 23rd August, 1837.  Not Published. Title Page Calkin and Budd, Booksellers to Her Majesty. London. Of the First State 'a few printed for private circulation'. 1838 privately published.  pp iii. 5-49.  with statement of all the ascents to the summit of Mont Blanc. This copy with frontispiece and five stone engraved plates, therefore the Third State edition, sl. foxing, from sketches by the Author which are placed opp. pp 15,17, 21, 24, 30. although still with ink correction 'Hed/r/eng^ren) p.9  re-cased in original blind tooled cloth with gilt title. ink insc. on fr. e.p. 'The author of this book died Nov. 5th. 1852 at Edinburgh Castle of small pox - Aged 24'. also with printed single page notice of his 'Military Funeral'    £1,900

Borthwick A. ALWAYS A LITTLE FURTHER.   Eneas Mackay.  1939 1st.  pp276.  classic scottish climbing fiction.  orig. blue cloth rubbed. rare.  Very Good- £85

Bruce Maj. the Hon. C.G. TWENTY YEARS IN THE HIMALAYA.   Edward Arnold.  1910 1st.  pp331.  with 60 illus. (1 fold. panorama) and fold. map. orig. green cloth gilt dec. pages uncut. A rare book especially in this condition.  Near Fine- £725

Buhl H. NANGA PARBAT PILGRIMAGE. A Mountaineer's Autobigraphy.  Hodder & Stoughton. 1981   pp360.  illus. frontis. 3 maps. paperback. Walt Unsworth's copy with review copy printed slip.  Very Good £35

Conway W. THE SPORT OF COLLECTING.   T. Fisher Unwin.     frontis. 29 photo illus. orig. cloth gilt.  Very Good £40

Dent C. Inauguration Of The Cabane Britannia On The Klein Allalinhorne Saas Fee  Association Of British Members Of The Swiss Alpine Club 1913 1st.  pp52.  17 illus. orig green cloth gilt. rare.  Very Good £175

Dornford J. A LATE ATTEMPT TO REACH THE SUMMIT OF MONT BLANC. The only original account (of the Hamel catastrophe) published in this country. from The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal - Volume I Henry Colburn and Co. 1821  pp 451-462 and 505-517 the very rare and only account by Dornford of the tragic Hamel accident and first fatality on Mont Blanc. not illustrated.    £595

Durham W.E. SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN THE ALPS 1898-1914   T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd. 1916 1st.  pp207.  57 illus.  orig. green cloth gilt.  Very Good- £90

Emery M.S. LUCERNE THROUGH THE STEREOSCOPE.   Underwood and Underwood.  c1900 1st.  stereoscopic views complete set in original book form box .  Very Good-

Emery M.S. SWITZERLAND THROUGH THE STEREOSCOPE. A Journey over and around the Alps.  Underwood and Underwood.  c1900 1st.  100 stereoscopic views which include some of Zermatt and the Matterhorn and also nos. 78 - 100 of the Ascent of Mont Blanc. complete set in original book form part box .  Very Good- £495

Evans C. ON CLIMBING.   Museum Press. 1956 1st.  pp191.  32 plates. 6 maps. insc. by the author to Sir Christopher Summerhayes Ambassador to Nepal from 1951-1955. rubbed unpc dw- Very Good £95

Eve A.S.& Creasey C.H. LIFE AND WORK OF JOHN TYNDALL. with a chapter on Tyndall as a Mountaineer.  Macmillan & Co. 1945 1st.  pp404.  frontis. 35 illus. orig. blue buckram, gilt.  Near Fine £120

Freshfield D.W. THE EXPLORATION OF THE CAUCASUS.   Edward Arnold.  1896 1st.  pp278 & 290.  2 vols. 76 full page illus. by Vittorio Sella. fold. maps. panoramas. text illus. orig. cloth gilt. sp. dull and a little worn. t.e.g. uncut. The First Edition limited in number to 1000 copies.  Very Good £1,450

Horridge G.A. (Ed.) CAMBRIDGE MOUNTAINEERING.   Charles Elphick, Cambridge.  1951-53   pp88, 95 & 82. illus. & advertisements. 3 vols. in orig. printed wrappers. articles by George Band et al.  Very Good £48

Howard-Bury Lieut.-Col. C.K. MOUNT EVEREST THE RECONNAISSANCE: 1921.   Edward Arnold & Co. 1922 1st.  pp350.  frontis. 32 illus. 2 opp. pp. 54 & 58 edge worn. 3 cold. fold. maps. orig. blue cloth gilt. but sp. torn at top, edges rubbed, rear board cloth marked. internally very good . quality *giclee colour unpc dw Good + £195


Kilgour Wm. T. TWENTY YEARS ON BEN NEVIS.   Alexander Gardner.  1904!  pp154.  frontis. 31 illus. fold. map panorama. hand written Ben Nevis poem by Angus Rankin at end. orig. mauve cloth. a very scarce copy which precedes the 1905 First Edition! £275

Larden W. INSCRIPTIONS FROM SWISS CHALETS. A collection of inscriptions found outside and inside Swiss Chalets,...  Printed for the Author.  1913   pp208.  52 photo illus. orig.gren cloth gilt. lacks. f.f.e.p. Library of the Ladies Alpine Club bookplate.  Very Good- £85

Lewin W. Henry CLIMBS   Published Privately by the Author. [1933] 1st.  pp226.  frontis. 15 plates. orig. cloth. Limited Edition no.85 of 250 copies Signed by the Author.  Very Good £145

Maitland F.W. THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF LESLIE STEPHEN.   Duckworth & Co.  1906 1st.  pp510.  5 photogravure portraits. orig. black buckram gilt sl. rubbed. t.e.g. uncut. bookplate and insc. by Wilberforce N. Tribe. quite scarce.   Very Good- £145

Oppenheim E. THE REVERBERATE HILLS.   Constable and Co. Ltd.  1921 2nd.  pp56.  poems inc. The Mont Blanc From Cahmonix. orig. green cloth gilt. uncut. sp. marked.  Very Good- £35

Roget F.F. ALTITUDE AND HEALTH.   Constable & Co. Ltd.  1913 1st.  pp186.   orig. cloth.  Very Good £65

S.A.C.  KATALOG der Zentralbibliothek der Schweizer Alpenclub.   Buchdruckerei Aschmann & Scheller.  1925 - 1985   pp139+58+103+114+97.  The first volume and 4 supplements in orig. printed wrappers. quite uncommon.  Fine £120

Somervell T.H. MOUNT EVEREST FROM RONGBUK 1924. coloured print of original watercolour.   Alpine Club and F.R.C.C.  1978   21.5 x 35.5 cms. Alpine Club label on verso. nicely framed & glazed 41 x 53 cms. This is Somervell's own personal copy!  Very Good £685

Stuck H. THE ASCENT OF DENALI (Mount McKinley). A narrative of the First Complete Ascent of the Highest Peak in North America.   Bickers and Son. Leicester Square.  1914 1st. UK  frontis. 33 photo plates. fold. map now in envelope pasted inside rear cover. orig. red gilt, sl. faded. t.e.g. rare U.K. edition.  Very Good £245

Tilman H.W. MOUNT EVEREST 1938.   C.U.P.  1948 1st.  pp160.  60 b/w photo illus. 4 maps. orig. brown cloth gilt. from the library of Walt Unsworth. unpc dw- Near Fine- £125

Wollaston M. LETTERS AND DIARIES OF A.F.R. WOLLASTON. selected and edited by Mary Wollaston.  Cambridge U.P. 1933 1st.  pp258.  4 portraits. insc. in pencil from Mary (Wollason) A.L.W. Oct. 33.  Very Good- £120


Young G.W. FROM THE TRENCHES. Louvain to the Aisne, the First Record of an Eye-Witness.  T. Fisher Unwin.  1914, Oct.  1st.  pp318.   orig. mustard col. cloth, sl. marked. lacks f.e.p. very rare First Edition, but nothing to do with Mountaineering!  Very Good- £125


Cooke, E.W.  MONT BLANC FROM THE JARDIN. 1876 lithograph tinted [14 x 19 cms.] £350


Cleare J. & Smythe J. ROCK CLIMBERS IN ACTION IN SNOWDONIA.   2016 rpt.  pp127.  100 photo. illus. and sketch map. signed by John Cleare.  New £40