Les Alpes Livres

Mountains and Mountaineering in Art and Literature

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Abraham G. and A. ROCK-CLIMBING IN NORTH WALES.   G.P. Abraham. 1906 1st.  pp394.  30 full page monogravure plates. 10 pen & ink sketches. 11 outline drawings of the chief routes. orig. cloth gilt. t.e.g. pencil dated climb ticks and insc. 'Geoffrey Bartrum April 06' Climbers Club 1906 - his photograph is in Carr & Lister.  Near Fine £495

Conway Sir Martin. THE BOLIVIAN ANDES. A Record of Climbing & Exploration in the Cordillera Real in the Years 1898 and 1900.  Harper & Brothers Publishers, London and New York. 1901 1st.  pp252.  frontis. and 74 photo illus.  orig. cloth gilt, t.e.g. a bright copy.  Near Fine £195

Conway  Sir M. NO MAN'S LAND A History of Spitzbergen from its Discovery........ Cambridge Univerisity Press. 1906 1st.  pp337. frontis. 10 illus. 11 maps. lacks one in the cover. cont. cloth gilt.   Good £185

Conway  Sir W.M. THE FIRST CROSSING OF SPITSBERGEN. Being an account of an inland journey of exploration and survey with descriptions of several mountain ascents.....  J. M. Dent & Co. 1897 1st.  ppxii + 371.  7 coloured plates, 56 b/w plates, 44 illus. 2 maps [fold.] orig. half green cloth gilt with tan, t.e.g. pages uncut.  Fine- £475

Cunningham and Abney, Capt. W. de W. C.D. THE PIONEERS OF THE ALPS.   Sampson, Low, Marston,.... 1888 2nd. pp180. with 35 portraits of the guides in photogravure. illustrations in the text, some full page. orig. maroon cloth gilt. sp. faded. pages uncut. Neate 'The best edition'. Ronald Clark 'only 200 copies published'. pres. copy from Wilberforce Tribe.  Near Fine- £495

Evans H.E.J., Secretary, Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain.  POLAR philatelic collection of 122 First Day Covers, stamps and cancellations etc. mainly 1950's and 1960's. Australia, Canada, U.S.A., Russia, Japan, Falkland Islands, Ross Dependency, New Zealand etc.   Very Good £480

Filippi F. de. KARAKORAM AND WESTERN HIMALAYA 1909: An Account of the Expedition of H.R.H. Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy  Constable & Co.  1912 1st.  pp469.  36 plates, photos by Vittorio Sella. original half vellum decorated in gilt, with label mark. uncut. t.e.g. the internal condition is fine.  Very Good- £795

Filippi F. de. THE ASCENT OF MOUNT ST. ELIAS [ALASKA] By H.R.H. Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy.  Archibald Constable.  1900 1st.  pp241.  frontis., port. 32 photogravure plates,  illus., 4 fold. panoramic views and 2 fold. maps. recased in the original green cloth gilt. t.e.g.  Near Fine- £795

Freshfield D.W. ROUND KANGCHENJUNGA. A Narrative of Mountain Travel and Exploration.  Edward Arnold.  1903 1st.  pp373.  frontispiece and panorama by Vittorio Sella. 40 plates. 3 maps, cold. fold. re-cased in orig. red dec. cloth gilt. rare.  Near Fine £745

Freshfield D.W. THE EXPLORATION OF THE CAUCASUS.   Edward Arnold.  1902 2nd.  pp278 & 295.  2 vols. frontispieces. text illus. by Vittorio Sella and Hermann Wooley. maps. vignettes. orig. cloth gilt, some light foxing. uncut. apart from small nos. at bottom of sp. condition is  Very Good £585

Freshfield D.W. TRAVELS IN THE CENTRAL CAUCASUS AND BASHAN. including visits to Ararat and Tabreez and Ascents of Kazbek and Elbruz.  Longmans, Green and Co. 1869 1st.  pp509.  chromo. frontis. 3 fold. maps. 3 full page illus. 2 panoramas. woodcuts. original gilt pictorial brown cloth. a bright copy.  Near Fine £695

Gilbert J. and Churchill G.C. THE DOLOMITE MOUNTAINS. Excursions through Tyrol, Carinthia, & Fruili in 1861, 1862 & 1863. with a Geological Chapter, and Pictorial Illustrations from original drawings on the spot.  Longman, Green. 1864 1st.  pp576.  6 chromo-lithographs by Messrs. M. and N. Hanhart after Josiah Gilbert. 2 maps. 27 wood engravings by Whymper.  orig. cloth gilt. although a trifle worn and part missing at top and bottom of faded sp., otherwise  Very Good £795

Hillary E.P. WHEELER'S RESTAURANT MENU. 19, Old Compton Street, London, W.1 telephone : Gerrard 2706  1953   pp6.  a pictorial coloured menu  illustrated with this famous oyster bar frontage and with seafood. Ed Hillary, whilst dining probably asked for his autograph and has signed this splendid menu 'E.P. Hillary'. This would have been whilst he was staying in London in 1953.  Very Good- £450

Liebig  LA CONQUISTA DELLE GRANDE CIME. Monte Bianco. Cervino. Lavaredo. Petit Dru. Everest. K2.  Liebig. Compagnia Italiana Liebig - Milano. 1961 1st.  cold. illus. showing ascents and mountaineers. 6 cards in serie n. 247 Signed by Walter Bonatti, Lino Lacedelli, Achille Compagnone and Reinhold Messner. A fine and rare collectable item.  Mint. £450

Moore A.W. THE ALPS IN 1864. A Private Journal.  David Douglas. 1902 1st. public edition.  pp444.  21 gravure plates, with tissue guards. 10 maps. orig. olive buckram. gilt. dec. pages uncut. t.e.g.   Fine £585

Mountainous Nepal  Substantial Mint Stamp Collection (much never hinged) from 1949 with all key definitive sets to 1984 in mounts on 32 illus. sheets.    1949  - 1984    430 Nepal Postage Stamps in sets.  some sets with mountain views, but mainly of Nepal interest.  Mint. £600

Mummery A.F. MY CLIMBS IN THE ALPS AND CAUCASUS.   T. Fisher Unwin. 1895 1st.  pp360.  frontis. 9 full page photogravures and 2 lithographs. 21 text illus. orig. cloth. in very bright condition. leather sp. labels. uncut. t.e.g. some very light foxing throughout. SIGNED presentation copy 'To The Yorkshire Ramblers with best wishes from Wm. Cecil Slingsby. October 15th. 1895'.  Near Fine- £695

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

Strutt E.L. Photograph album with Florence Strutt (nee Hollond) and Strutt enjoying  holidays in the Alps and other places, Varese, Venice, Pontresina, Corvatsch, St. Moritz 19, Rafaltz, Cortina 11, some with Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Princess Sophie of Hohenburg. 1903      175 original photographs and other pieces mounted on 48 sheets. 22 x 30 cms. from the Strutt family archive by descent  Very Good. £450

Weston W. MOUNTAINEERING AND EXPLORATION IN THE JAPANESE ALPS.   John Murray.  1896 1st.  pp346.  with 2 fold. maps at rear and 35 illustrations. recased in orig. cold. dec. cloth, sp. darkened.  Very Good- £685

Whymper E. CHAMONIX AND THE RANGE OF MONT BLANC. A Guide to.  John Murray. 1896 1st.  24 + xiv + pp200 + 16.  64 illustrations, plans and map of the Chain of Mont Blanc. with advertisements. cont. blue cloth bound with original printed illus. wrappers pasted to front & back. inscribed and signed by the author To Alfred Huitt, with the kind regards of the Authour, Edward Whymper. Huitt (A.E.H.), who provided many of the illustrations was apprenticed to Whymper. a desirable copy.   Very Good £485

Workman F.B. 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. original cold.. pictorial cloth gilt. presentation copy from the publisher. This is 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- £795

Bartol C.A. PICTURES OF EUROPE, framed in ideas.  Crosby, Nichols, and Co.  1856 2nd. Boston  pp407.  pp377-407 Dr. Talbot's narrative of his ascent of Mont Blanc, the 2nd American and 45th overall. orig. cloth pict. embossed decoration, very sl. worn corners. Meckly 15. Rare.  Very Good- £385

Bracken W.R. A HANDBOOK ON SKI-ING.   Carroll & Nicholson. 1951 1st.  pp85.  port. frontis. 4 diagrams. 22 plates. orig. cloth faded.  Very Good- £24

Brown J. THE HARD YEARS. An Autobiography.  Gollancz. 1979 6th. imp. July.  pp256.  frontis. 42 illus.  Signed by Tony Streather. unpc dw Near Fine £55

Coxhead E. ONE GREEN BOTTLE.   Faber & Faber.  1951 1st.  pp281.  perhaps the best loved of all mountaineering fiction. ex. Boots lib. copy. label removed. Giclee cold. unpc dw Very Good- £65

D'Erlo J. HORACE-BENEDICT DE SAUSSURE, Savant et Alpiniste (1740-1799) Numéro 652 de la revue Les Contemporains. 1905   pp16.  Biographie et portrait.   extracted from journal. rare, but not bound.  Very Good- £45

Franco J MAKALU.   Arthaud.  1955 1st. French edition.  pp226 + 10.  30 cold. and b/w illus. 5 maps. French vellum style cloth binding. with the often missing 4 pp. extended description of illustrations loosely inserted.  Very Good £95

Gregory A. Alf Gregory's EVEREST.   Constable.  1993 1st. pp184. b/w photos marking the 40th. anniversary. Pres. copy signed by 'Greg, Alfred Gregory' and also by Jan Morris who also wrote the foreword.. unpc dw Very Good £165

Languepin J -J. TO KISS HIGH HEAVEN. Nanda Devi 1951.  William Kimber.  1951 1st.  pp199.  frontis. 8 illus. e.p. diagram of camps. orig. cloth gilt. sp. faded. very uncommon.  Very Good- £85

Mason A.E.W. RUNNING WATER.   Hodder & Stoughton.  [1928] Yellow Paperback.  pp159.   Yellow Paperback. col. pict. fr. cover poor, lacks back wrapper. Classic Brenva Ridge fiction.  Good. £25

Rebuffat G. LE MASSIF DU MONT BLANC. The 100 Finest Routes.  1975 1st. French  pp239.  265 photos. (89 cold.). over 100 maps. Signed by Rebuffat.  Fine £160

Smith A. A CLIMB TO THE HIGHEST POINT IN EUROPE.   The Leisure Hour.  1853   pp465-69 & 481-86. 2 full page and 2 text wood engravings. published July 28 1853. unbound.  Very Good £85