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WHYMPER, Edward.

Scrambles amongst the Alps in the years 1860-69.

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106524
John Murray, London, 1900
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This landmark of mountaineering literature is considered by many to be the most famous mountain travel book of the period, by the most famous mountaineer.

Whymper was a leading figure in Alpine mountaineering and this book sealed his reputation as a famous mountaineer. His first ascent of the Matterhorn (that 'awful mountain') in 1865, is described here and remains the classic mountain story of triumph and tragedy. The story of the first ascent, and the seven preceding, beginning in 1861, forever fixed the Matterhorn as the mountain which most deeply stirred the imagination of mountaineers' (UCLA Farquahar Collection).

It is rare to find signed presentation copies.


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Description

Fifth edition. 8vo, (22 x 16 cms), xviii, 468pp, 107 illustrations including frontispiece, five folding maps at rear, presentation copy 'With the compliments and thanks of the author, Edward Whymper, Oct 11, 1905' in ink on verso of front free endpaper, previous owner's ink signature, erratum slip inserted loose on p. 115, some spotting throughout, hinges slightly cracked, all edges gilt; bound in publisher's blue cloth gilt, spine lavishly gilt decorated and lettered, tips and spine ends lightly rubbed; a very good copy.

Bibliography

Perret 4557; Neate W65.

Stock ID:106524

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