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Mountains and Mountaineering in Art and Literature

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MOUNTAINEERING BOOKS: Alpine Engravings: Mountain Paintings  for sale

Here are some Mountaineering Books for sale which have been recently added to the website, please email if you would like more details.

Baxter G. THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.   Printed in oil colours by George Baxter. after the ascent of John MacGregor. 1855 1st.   A very good example of this rare set of Baxter prints.

Berwick Sayers W.C. OVER SOME ALPINE PASSES : memories of 1908.  [Croydon] 1913  privately printed. Rare.     

Blanchard J. & Garin L. VOYAGE AU COUER DES ALPES Deux siecles de gravures anciennes du Mont Blanc au Glenat. 2007 1st.  pp160.  many cold. illus. of fine views. large 4to [28 x 32 cms.] dw New £32

Charton G. SOUVENIRS PITTORESQUES DES GLACIERS DE CHAMOUNY, ornes de dix-huit dessins colories. Se vend à Genève  Tony Astill, Les Alpes Livres.  2015 Facsimile Edition.  pp 38 text in French and English.  12 ° oblong. [21 x 29 cms.] colour illus. dw. New £35

Coolidge W.A.B. THE ALPS IN NATURE AND HISTORY.   Methuen. 1908 1st.  pp440.  frontis. 19 plates. 7 diagrams. cold. fold. map. orig. blue cloth.   

Coolidge W.A.B. ALPINE STUDIES.   Longmans, Green. 1912 1st.  pp307.  16 illustrations. orig. green cloth gilt. uncut.  Near Fine- £55

Disney W. MOUNTAINEERING MICKEY.   Collins.  [1937] 1st.  pp75.  many full page and text cartoon illus. throughout. some coloured by children's hand. Orig. cold. pict. boards. This copy is quite worn with some cellotape repairs to lower pages.  Good £120

DuBois J., Cuvillier. lith. J. SOUVENIRS DE LA SUISSE. OBERLAND. Dessines d'apres nature par J. Dubois.   Chez Briquet et Fils. Geneve. Rue de la Cité no. 33 c1847-50 1st.  10 colour tinted lithograph views and 2 double page panoramas of Berne et des Alpes Bernoises, Interlaken et Untersee. [9 x 27cms.] original brown boards on cloth sp., blind stamped and gilt. retaining orig. blue paper printed wrappers. usual foxing throughout and small r.s.m. of previous owner on some.  Very Good- £800

Fenimore Cooper J. EXCURSIONS IN SWITZERLAND.  Richard Bentley. 1836 new edition.  pp304 + 314.   half calf. marbled boards, rubbed. sl. foxing. Bookplate of H.A. Spowart.  Very Good- £145

Finch G.I. THE SIEGE OF MOUNT EVEREST. Climbing the World's Highest Mountain.  Ward Lock & Co. c1940 1st.  pp10.  4 illus. extract from The Wonder Book of Daring Deeds. Simply bound in card boards.  Fine £40

Gillman P. & L. EXTREME EIGER.   Simon & Schuster. 2015 1st.  pp394.  cold. and b/w illus. signed by both authors. unpc dw NEW £30

Godley A.D. RELIQUIAE. Edited by C R L Fletcher.  Oxford University Press.   1926 1st.  pp362 & 369.  2 frontis. (1 port.)  includes Part VI 'Alpina'. Rare.  orig. cloth sl. rubbed, with spare sp. labels. uncut.   Very Good- £65

Gribble F. THE EARLY MOUNTAINEERS.   T. Fisher Unwin. 1899 1st.  pp338.  48 plates. orig. gilt dec. cloth. t.e.g. uncut.  Near Fine £225

Hill D. TURNER IN THE ALPS. The journey  through France & Switzerland in 1802.  George Philip.  1992   pp176.  many cold. & b.w. illus.  pc dw Very Good £35

Hillary E. HIGH ADVENTURE.   Hodder & Stoughton. 1955 1st.  pp224.  cold. frontis. 31 plates. Signed by the author 'E. P. Hillary'. spine faded. dw Very Good £185

Humble B.H. THE CUILLIN OF SKYE.   Robert Hale. 1952 1st.  pp144. frontis. 73 illus. orig. cloth. unpc edgeworn & faded sp. dw-. Very Good- £85

King C. MOUNTAINEERING IN THE SIERRA NEVADA.   Sampson Low, Marston, Low & Searle..  1872 1st. U.K.  pp292.   orig. brown cloth golt. dec., rubbed.  Very Good- £245

Locher J.H. CINQUANTE VUES DE LA SUISSE.  a Zurich chez J H Locher: No 513 c1865   50 aquatint views  [11 x 8 cms.] some foxed in the margins. orig. red cloth gilt, some wear. oblong 8vo.  Very Good-

Lory, Gabriel Ludwig. [1763 -1840] Swiss Costume - Endlibuch 1824  original watercolours over faint etching. signed and title in watercolour.  12.5 x 11 cms.  sheet size 21 x 15 cms.

Lunn A. A HISTORY OF SKI-ING.   Oxford University Press.  1927 1st.  pp492.  frontis. with many full page and text illustrations rebound half blue calf.  Near Fine- £225

Morris 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 Signed by Jan Morris. insc. top right. Fine- £185

News Chronicle  THE CROWNING GLORY : EVEREST IS CLIMBED. Newspaper  1953 2nd June  pp12.  b/w illustrated a rare newspaper which first carried news of the ascent. Signed by Jan Morris The TIMES Special Correspondent.  Very Good- £150

Norton Lt. Col. E.F. THE FIGHT FOR EVEREST: 1924   Edward Arnold.  1925 1st.  pp372.  cold. frontis. & 7 cold. plates by T.H. Somervell. 24 mono. panorama. map. orig. green cloth gilt. sl. in top spine. uncut giclee copy colour dw. Near Fine- £445

Rey G. THE MATTERHORN.   T. Fisher Unwin. 1907 1st.  pp336.  14 cold. plates. 23 drawings by Edoardo Rubino and 11 photos. orig. tan cloth gilt. t.e.g. uncut. leather spine labels worn, lower one missing. new e.p.'s quite rare.  Very Good- £145

Smith Albert THE STORY OF MONT BLANC. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine Vol LXXI January-June 1852 Leonard Scott & Company, New York. 1852 The first publication of the Smith narrative which precedes the privately printed edition. pp35 - 55  new half calf.

Smith A. THE STRUGGLES & ADVENTURES OF CHRISTOPHER TADPOLE. At Home and Abroad.  George Routledge 1850   pp512.  Frontis. port. of Albert Smith and 32 full page etchings by Leech, inc. Mrs. Hamper's Terrific Ascent (of Mont Blanc). orig. red. cloth git dec. sp. rubbed and worn.  Good+ £145

Smith Albert COMIC TALES AND PICTURES OF LIFE.   Charles H. Clarke, 13 Paternoster Row.  c [1860]   pp314.  illustrated by John Leech. which includes 'Loose Leaves from the Travellers Album at Chamonix' describing his first visit. Quite Rare. cont. half calf, buckram. marbled e.p.'s   Very Good £295

Smith A. A HAND-BOOK OF MR. ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. first represented at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly....March 15, 1852. The Author. c1853 4th. pp40 inc. 11pp of ads.  illustrated by Mr. William Beverley with nineteen outline engravings of the views. ( 3 more, inc. The Tete Noire Pass, The Pierre a l'Echelle, Halt on the Summit of Mont Blanc. than 1st ed.) Some views  are different (Martigny, Pelerins, The Palais Royal  orig. printed wrappers. 'any advertisements intended for the Next Edition (10,000) of this Book, to be published about Easter, with a guaranteed circulation of 5000 copies.   Very Good

Strutt (Alpine Club President 1835-8) 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

Talbot  Dr. THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.   1856  pp377-407  Dr. Talbot's narrative of his ascent of Mont Blanc, the 2nd American and 45th overall. newly bound in half calf. Rare.  Near Fine- £265

Tindall J. SKETCHING NOTES.   Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd.  1908 1st.  pp47.  frontis. 21 illus. inc. 'The Mountaineer' by H.G. Willink, with his pres. ink insc. 'Georgie     £55

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. 115 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.   £300

Weibel pinx.  CERTIFICAT d'ASCENSION au MONT-BLANC.   1881   tinted lithograph after F. Baumann. Signed Le Guide-Chef Frederic Payot. Original Ascension No. 790 issued to Mr. Joseph Frascara d'Alexandrie. et des Guides Bellin Marc et Mughier Francois. 12th Auot 1881  

Whymper E. TRAVELS AMONGST THE GREAT ANDES OF THE EQUATOR.   John Murray.  1892 1st.  pp456 & 147.  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. orig. olive cloth gilt.  together with the scarce supplementary appendix.  Very Good £345

Whymper E. SCRAMBLES AMONGST THE ALPS IN THE YEARS 1860-69.  (including the History of the First Ascent of the Matterhorn).  John Murray. 1900 5th.  pp468.  22 full page engravings. 107 text. 5 maps [fold.] orig. blue cloth gilt, a.e.g. and gilt dec. sp. bumped at top. a bright copy.  Near Fine- £285

Whymper E. CHAMONIX AND THE RANGE OF MONT BLANC. A Guide to.  John Murray. 1900 5th.  pp24, xiv + 206, 25-44.  64 illustrations, plans and map of the Chain of Mont Blanc. with advertisements. orig. printed pict. illus. (The Dru.) wrappers. spine mostly intact, but a few chips.  Very Good £145

Whymper E. THE VALLEY OF ZERMATT AND THE MATTERHORN. A Guide to.  John Murray. 1905 9th.  pp. 20+xiv+224+21-44.  77 illustrations, plans and maps. with adverts. orig. wrappers illus. by E.T. Compton.  Near Fine- £160