Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on Mountaineering & Mountain Climbing, for sale at Horizon Books.
BARRETT, Charles; Isle of Mountains; Roaming Through Tasmania. London, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Cassell & Company, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xiii, 263 pp, colored frontispiece plate, numerous plates from photos, map, index`, original brown cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, pictorial endpaper, spine edges rubbed, interior quite clean and fine in good cover.
It has been claimed that nowhere else in the world does so much wild beauty exist in such a small area, as Tasmania, and the author's travels and descriptions through this land filled with mountains, rivers, lakes and fine coastal scenery tends to prove it. With descriptions of settlements, people, nature.
US$7. bookID # 12008
BERLEPSCH, H.; The Alps or Sketches of Life and Nature in the Mountains. London, Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, 1861, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; iv, iv, 407 pp, tinted frontis and 16 plates, lightly tinted as issued, contemporary half green leather, gilt title lettering on spine, marbled boards and endpapers, top edge gilted, original ribbon bookmark, covers rubbed at edges, but very good with clean near fine interior, very minor foxing on some leaves.
BMC II:1044.637. The author describes the geography, forests, alpine roses, valleys, clouds, waterfalls, mountain snowstorms, red snow, avalanches, glacier, alpine summits, mountain passes and alpine roads, the hospices, chalet life, the Alp horn, Alpine feasts, village life in the mountains, etc, with excellent illustrations.
US$190. bookID # 7868
BRINLEY, Gordon; Away to the Canadian Rockies and British Columbia. Toronto, McClelland & Stewart, 1938, First Edition, Canadian issue, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; x, 301 pp, colorfrontis, illus, color and tinted plates, endpaper maps, original cloth, dj (chipped at edges, tear), near fine in worn but often absent dust jacket, Illustrations by D. Putnam Brinley.
The author and his wife travel from Banff to Calgary, to Mt. Assiniboin, hiking from Moraine Lake, ascend Larch Valley, living in Indian tepees, to Lake Louise, Yoho Valley and to Vancouver, tourists travelling in the then unspoiled regions.
US$7. bookID # 5121
BRINLEY, Gordon; Away to the Canadian Rockies and British Columbia. New York, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1938, First Edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; x, 301 pp, colorfrontis, illus, color and tinted plates, endpaper maps, illustrations by D. Putnam Brinley, original cloth, fine.
The author and his wife travel from Banff to Calgary, to Mt. Assiniboin, hiking from Moraine Lake, ascend Larch Valley, living in Indian tepees, to Lake Louise, Yoho Valley and to Vancouver, tourists travelling in the then unspoiled regions.
US$6. bookID # 7825
BROCKEDON, William; Illustrations of the Passes of the Alps, by which Italy Communicates with France, Switzerland and Germany. London, printed for the author, 1828-1829, First edition, 4to [30 x 22 cm]; 2 volumes, [vi], 92; [iv], 104 pp, complete with 96 fine engraved plates and 13 engraved maps including one folding, on heavy india proof paper, contemporary half red morocco, marbled boards, all edges gilted, gilt spine title lettering, joints rubbed and scuffed, some plates pulled but intact, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good, clean copy with only light foxing on a few plates.
A superbly illustrated work on 12 mountain passes including the Little Saint Bernard, the Mont Genevre, the Mont Cenis, the Mont Saint Gothard, the Great Saint Bernard, the Monte Stelvio, the Cornice, the Grimsel and the Gries, the Bernardine and the Splugen, the Brenner, the Tende and the Argentiere and the Simplon, each pass with a map. Neate B170. The painter Brockedon traversed the Alps 58 times, crossing more than 40 different passes, in the course of his researches. He had helped in the preparation of Murray's Swiss guidebook.
US$1700. bookID # 9765
BURLINGHAM, Frederick; How to Become an Alpinist. London, T. Werner Laurie, [c 1912], First edition, 8vo [19.5 x 14 cm]; xii, 218, [x, ads] pp, frontis portrait, 63 photos on plates, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, gilt device on spine, small stain on spine, minor spotting on a few leaves, presentation bookplate, very good sound and solid condition.
Neate B 217: 'Includes a good selection of photographs of early climbers; good chapter on early women climbers'. The author, called the man who cinematographed the Matterhorn, provides a chapter on filming Mont Blanc under difficulties, and on hints for alpine photography. Other chapters include How to Get Killed in the Alps, accidents on Mont Blanc, In an Avalanche Path, Playing with Death, Blizzards, etc.
US$40. bookID # 11267
CARSTENSEN, A. Riis; Two Summers in Greenland; an Artist's Adventures Among Ice and Islands, in Fjords and Mountains. London, Chapman and Hall, 1890, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xxxii, 185 pp, 29 plates including frontis from paintings, numerous other illus, foldout map, original pictorial blue cloth, gilt lettering on spine, ltear along joint, repair, chip on spine, bookplate removed from front pastedown, else very good.
With much on nature, scenery and people and attractive illustrations.
US$120. bookID # 5580
CATLOW, Agnes and Maria E.; Sketching Rambles; or, Nature in the Alps and Apennines. London, James Hogg and Sons, , First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes, xiii, 374, [ii, ads]; ix, 368 pp, hand colored lithographed frontis in each volume, plus 18 other tinted lithographed plates, from the paintings of the authors, with the half titles in each volume, original red pictorial gilt and blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering and design, spine ends and edge wear, presentation bookplate on endpaper, very good, unmarked and clean copy.
Robinson 109: 'Armed with their sketch-books, the Catlow sisters, natural historian both, set out for the Alps. . . exploring the gentler slopes of Switzerland and Italy. Their illustrations are gentle, delicate landscapes; it is a very seemly book, this, written to encourage other in similar maidenly circumstances to travel too'. With their interesting detailed account of topography, geography and the peoples.
US$390. bookID # 11396
COOLIDGE, W. A. B.; Alpine Studies. London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1912, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xiii, 307 pp, frontis, 16 plates from photos, index, list of illustrations with detailed description of each, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, cover title lettering, lightly rubbed at edge, short tear at spine end, very good, interior clean and unmarked.
Neate C126: 'invaluable for detail and accuracy'. Cox 23: 'Coolidge was considered a leading Alpine scholar, a supreme authority on all subjects relating to the Alps and Swiss history. . . He was one of the most distinguished climbers of the Silver Age of mountaineering and one of the last of the pioneers of Alpine travel and exploration.. . . He was the first American mountaineer to achieve fame in the Alps, and a pioneer of winter climbing.' He describes in this book, some of his many climbs from 1878, as well as some history of the Alps and Subalpine exploration.
US$50. bookID # 11621
CRUTTWELL, N. E. G.; An Account of Plant-Hunting in the Highlands of New Guinea [with:] An Expedition to the Finisterre Mountains of Eastern New Guinea, by A. C. Jermy & C. D. Sayers. London, Journal of Royal Horticultural Society, [1962, 1967], First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 77-86; 117-128 pp, 2 maps with insets, photo illustrations including in color, bound in green heavy paper wraps with printed label, fine and clean, although cover is slightly faded.
Two interesting papers on plant hunting extracted from this great journal. Cruttwell lived on Cape Vogel Peninsula in South-east Papua and explores this area and nearby Daga Country, while the Jermy-Sayers paper was based on the 1964 expedition by the British Museum and University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In both papers there is description of some of the orchids seen in this richest of orchid areas, including Grammatphyllum papuanum, Dendrobium forbesii, Latourea group of dendrobiums, Dendrobium johnsoniae (color illus), Dendrobium caespitficum (color illus), etc, as well as rhododendrons, and other flowering plants.
US$35. bookID # 13828
DE BEER, Sir Gavin; Early Travellers in the Alps. New York, October House Inc, , , 8vo [21 x 14.5 cm]; xx, 204 pp, frontis, 40 plates, 37 other illustrations, maps including folding, bibliography, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, owner inscription on endpaper, clean very good+ in lightly worn dust jacket (not price clipped).
The classic on the Alps first printed in 1930 in London, this apparently first US edition with a supplementary bibliography with later works cited. Well-written account with 16th century travelling conditions, the earliest alpine tourists, famous alpine expeditions, war in the Alps, the greatest Alpine tourist and other fascinating information. Neate D13.
US$12. bookID # 13610
DE COLANGE, Leo (editor); Voyages and Travels or Scenes in Many Lands, with 850 Illustrations on Wood and Steel; View from All Parts of the World comprising Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Palaces, Cathedrals, Castles, Abbeys and Ruins, with Original Descriptions by the Best Authors. New York, F. R. Niglutsch, [c 1887], , large 4to [31 x 24.5 cm]; 4 volumes, vii, 290; [ii], 291-576; viii, 346; [ii], 347-564 pp, 4 frontispieces, 4 title pages each with engraved vignette, numerous steel engraved plates and photogravures, numerous wood engraved illus, many full-page, original cloth, decorated in black and gilt, gilt lettering on front covers and spines, all edges gilted, light edge wear, few internal hinges cracked but firm, light stain on outer corner of few endpapersr, a very good set.
A very well illustrated work covering mainly Europe, Britain and the United States with sections on most other parts including South America, Africa, islands, etc. Most of the illustrations are of buildings and views, mountains, lakes, rivers, palaces, cathedrals, castles, abbeys, ruins, etc. In the days before television, this would have provided good family entertainment for those that could afford it.
US$110. bookID # 5514
ELLIOT, G. F. Scott; A Naturalist in Mid-Africa, being an account of a Journey to the Mountains of the Moon and Tanganyika. London, A. D. Innes & Co., 1896, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; xvi, 413 pp, frontis of snow peaks of Ruwenzori with tissue guard, 49 plates and illustrations from photos and sketches, diagram, 4 maps including 3 colored and folding lithographed maps at end, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt spine title lettering, cloth faded, light edge wear, interior is clean, unmarked and near fine in good cover.
Hess & Coger 239. Tenri Library 1675. An important work on African exploration and discovery, under the auspices of the Royal Geographical Society, included a thorough study of the terrain, people, nature and botany. The appendices include a list of the native chiefs in the area, altitudes, scientific collections, agricultural and other products of the region. Very nicely illustrated.
US$440. bookID # 12285
EWAN, Joseph; Rocky Mountain Naturalists. Denver, University of Denver Press, , First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xv, 358 pp, portrait plates, bibliog, roster, index, original cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, minor foxing on margins of some plates, very good overall.
The book includes detailed biographies and photos of nine leading naturalists of the rocky mountain area (Edmund James, Fremont, Parry, Greene, Patterson, Porter, Jones, Penard, etc) and a comprehensive roster in biographical dictionary form of all known naturalists, collectors, etc, from 1600 to 1932, consisting of about half the book, with further references.
US$15. bookID # 12925
FARRER, Reginald; Among the Hills; A Book of Joy in High Places. London, Headley Brothers, nd , First edition, first issue, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 326, [i, ads] pp, 14 fine colored plates mounted on art paper, each with tissue and letterpress, 8 other plates from photos, folding map showing author's route, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, spine lettering faded, light edge wear, corner of half title page removed, interior is clean with only slight foxing in few margins, very good.
The author was a botanist, explorer, plant hunter and author of the English Rock Garden and many others, who here describes his travels and climbs in the Alps and other parts of Europe. Neate F06. Cox p. 103: 'Copies of the first edition usually have the lower three lines of the title covered by a gummed slip, London, the Swarthmore Press'. This copy has the slip present. The later edition did not have tissue guards and were printed on ordinary paper rather than the finer production that were mounted in this first edition.
US$110. bookID # 13296
FORBES, James D.; Travels Through the Alps. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1900, first complete edition of Forbes' Alpine works, annotated by W. A. B. Coolidge, large 8vo [24 x 17.5 cm]; xxxviii, [ii], 572 pp, engraved frontis (port), numerous illus, 6 maps including 2 folding maps in rear pocket, one being colored, 9 topographical sketches, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on front cover and spine, gilt ruled, top edge gilted, expertly rebacked preserving original boards and most of spine, rubbed, bookplate of Orace Nerreshoff on endpaper, very good solid copy.
Neate 274: 'Forbes was a Scottish scientist and traveler. He made many observations and mountain expeditions in the Alps, Norway and Dauphine.. . . His books are the first English accounts of systematic Alpine exploration and description of various regions.' He made the fourth (first British) ascent of the Jungfrau and the first British ascent of the Stockhorn. This work consists of all of his Alpine works including Travels Through the Alps of Savoy (first published in 1843), Journals of Excursions in the High Alps of Dauphine, Berne and Savoy, Pedestrianism in Switzerland and Topography of the Chain of Mont Blanc. Abbey Travel 62 lists the first work. The introduction by Coolidge, an American mountaineer and former editor of the Alpine Journal, provides a good historical overview. Cox, Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering 9: 'Regarded as the father of British mountaineering, the distinguished Scottish scientist was the first British mountaineer to engage in a series of expeditions in the Alps. Travels Through the Alps was the first book in English which described a series of Alpine climbs'.
US$260. bookID # 6453
FRESHFIELD, Douglas W.; Travels in the Central Caucasus and Bashan including Visits to Ararat and Tabreez and Ascents of Kazbek and Elbruz. London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1869, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; xiii, [ii], 509 pp, 5 plates including fine colored frontis, panorama, 3 folding partly colored maps, showing routes in red, other illustrations from wood engravings, full calf, gilt lettering on leather spine label, elaborate gilt design on spine, gilt ruled cover, edges lightly rubbed, marbled edges and endpapers, bookplate of Christopher Tower, a clean and fine copy with the half title page.
Freshfield made and described the first ascent of Kazbek, Elbruz and other peaks. He was president of the Alpine Club and president of the Royal Geographical Society. Neat F71. Ghani p143. Perret 1757. With much on mountaineering but also on the villages and towns he passed through, the local peoples, etc.
US$750. bookID # 11111
GORDON, Lieutenant-Colonel T. E.; The Roof of the World being the Narrative of a Journey Over the High Plateau of Tibet to the Russian Frontier and the Oxus Sources on Pamir. Edinburgh, Edmonston and Douglas, 1876, First edition, large 8vo [26.5 x 18 cm]; xiv, 172 pp, complete with 24 tinted plates including frontis, folding panorama & 4 partly colored, plates with tissue guards, folding map (short tear at stub), 42 other tinted illus, original green pictorial gilt cloth, with picture of mountain goat in gilt, gilt spine title lettering, spine rubbed and repaired, endpapers stained, light ripple, owner name on endpaper but otherwise unmarked, interior is very good in good cover.
Cordier 2820. Yakushi G88. Royal Geographical Society Catalogue p. 188. Neat G35. The author was a member of Forsyth second mission to Kashgar in 1873-4, one of the first expeditions to combine exploration with scientific investigation. All members contributed much useful information on the areas covered A detailed narrative of travels from Leh, to Kashgar, the Karakorum Pass, etc. The plates and illustrations, which used photo-lithography, were from author's sketches and paintings, and are of scenes, views, buildings and one of the horns of the Large Ovis Poli.
US$1600. bookID # 12302
GREEN, William Spotswood; Among the Selkirk Glaciers, being the Account of a Rough Survey in the Rocky Mountain Regions of British Columbia. London, Macmillan and Co., 1890, First edition, 12mo [19.5 x 14 cm]; xvi, 251, [iv, ads] pp, 9 plates including frontis, other illus, large folding map of Selkirk Range, with route in red and with inset of southern British Columbia, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, gilt and black ruled borders, spine slightly faded but gilt bright, else a fine clean copy.
Neate G50: 'He was one of the first to climb in Canada where he mad the first ascent of Mount Bonney in the Selkirks in 1888.' The author, an Irish alpinist who earlier had climbed in New Zealand and in the Swiss Alps, was highly regarded as an explorer and mountaineer, his survey of the Selkirks being carried out at a time when no map existed. Lowther 878.
US$450. bookID # 10373
GRIFFIN, Margaret; Tiquimani. Stellenbosch, Kosmo Publishers Pty, 1965, First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14.5 cm]; 164 pp, colored frontis with portraits of team, numerous illustrations from photos on plates, map endpapers, showing routes, glossary, original cloth, spine title lettering, dj (light wear and chipped at edge, not clipped), few notes on a blank endpaper, very good, interior clean.
An account of the first South African mountaineering expedition outside Africa and the first ascent of Tiquimani, which had been regarded as unclimable, and of the West Peak of Condoriri as well as nine other first ascents in the Cordillera Real in Bolivia. Neate G73.
US$250. bookID # 11440
HENSHAW, Julia W.; Mountain Wild Flowers of America; A Simple and Popular Guide to the Names and Descriptions of the Flowers that Bloom Above the Clouds. Boston, Ginn & Company, 1906, First Edition, 8vo [21 x 15 cm]; xxi, 384 pp, 100 plates including frontis from photos, glossary, indexes, original green pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, spine flower vignette, spine little faded, front cover quite bright, minor rubbing to lower edge, slight foxing to few leaves, clean, unmarked, very good+.
The original edition, very well-illustrated, describing hundreds of flowering plants of the Rocky Mountains, the work became a minor classic and often referred to. The book is arranged by color of flowers with a separate section on flowering shrubs.
US$22. bookID # 11728
HENSHAW, Julia W.; Wild Flowers of the North American Mountains. New York, Robert M. McBride & Company, , First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 15 cm]; [xx], 383 pp, 16 color plates including frontis, 64 other plates from photos, glossary, indexes, original brown pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, spine a little faded, light stain on edge of cover, clean unmarked copy, interior is near fine in very good cover.
A detailed and well-illustrated work on the flowers of the Rocky Mountains, describing hundreds of plants. This work is a re-working of her earlier Mountain Wild Flowers of America published in 1905, but this work with new material and with the colored plates. Includes a botanical key to plant families and species. The book is arranged by ferns, trees and color of flowers.
US$21. bookID # 11727
HINCHLIFF, Thomas Woodbine; South American Sketches; or a Visit to Rio Janeiro, The Organ Mountains, La Plata, and the Parana. London, Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1863, First edition, 8vo [20 x 13 cm]; xviii, [i, errata leaf], 414 pp, folding colored map, 5 plates including frontis, four of which are colored lithographs, contemporary half morocco, gilt spine title lettering, marbled endpapers, top edge gilted, edges a little rubbed, faint blind stamp to title, occasional marginal ink stamps, overall clean and very good with good impressions of the attractive plates.
The author was a founder and president of the Alpine Club. Moreas I, 340: 'The author, a British tourist, first visited Rio on the way to Buenos Aires. He returned to Rio later, making excursions into the Sierra dos Orgaos, Petropolis, Therezopolis, and travelling to Juiz de Fora'. Sabin 31925: 'Highly commended by the Saturday Review'. Naylor 106. Welch 249. Spain and Spanish America 331. Only two copies were traced at auction in the last 30 years.
US$800. bookID # 12171
IRVING, R. L. G. [Robert Lock Graham]; Ten Great Mountains; Snow don, Ben Nevis, Mount Cook, Matterhorn, Ushba, Mont Blanc, Mount Logan, Nanga Parbat, Kangchenjunga, Mount Everest. New York, E. P. Dutton &Co., , First American edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; xii, 213 pp, frontis from photo, plates from photos, diagrams, plans, original green cloth, silver spine lettering, lightly foxed on endpaper, else clean, very good, sound and tight copy.
Neate I17. The popular writer and mountaineer provides the climbing history and topography of each of the mountains.
US$11. bookID # 10710
IRVING, R. L. G. [Robert Lock Graham]; The Alps. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940, First American edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; viii, 120 pp, colored frontis from painting,131 illustrations from photos on plates, plan and illus, endpaper maps index, with the errata sheet tipped in (often lacking), original cloth, spine title lettering, dj (light wear at edges, price clipped), very good, clean condition.
The author provides a detailed description of the Alps as they cover Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy, including the mountains, the people, activities, homes, flora and fauna. Neate I13. The author, mountaineer and teacher, took a number of pupils climbing in the Alps, the most famous being Mallory. He later wrote a number of mountaineering books including A History of British Mountaineering, Ten Great Mountains, etc.
US$15. bookID # 12081
JAMES, H. E. M.; The Long White Mountain or a Journey in Manchuria with Some Account of the History, People, Administration and Religion of that Country. London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1888, First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xxiv, 502 pp, color lithograph (chromolithograph) frontis after sketch by Younghusband, 9 other plates, other illustrations in text, folding hand-colored map, table, index, recent morocco-backed marbled boards, light foxing, very good solid copy.
Cordier Sinica 2748. Taylor 109. A narrative of the author's extensive travels in the area with detailed descriptions of the peoples including the smaller tribes, their customs, daily life, religion, productions, etc. One of the appendices is on opium and its use, another on official corruption. He describes the journeys of earlier explorers including De La Bruniere and Venault.
US$400. bookID # 7478
JOHNSTON, H. H. [Sir Harry Hamilton 1858-1927]; The Kilima-Njaro [Kilimanjaro] Expedition; A Record of Scientific Exploration in Eastern Equatorial Africa and a General Description of the Natural History, Languages and Commerce of the Kilima-njaro District. London, Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co., 1886, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; xv, 572 pp, photogravure frontis portrait of author, 6 maps including 2 folding, some in color, 78 illustrations from drwgs by author including 14 full-page, tables, index, contemporary full leather, gilt title lettering, spine elaborately gilt decorated, gilt naval crest on cover, marbled edges, ink mark erased on title, light foxing on some leaves, mostly clean, colored African map on endpaper, very good in nice binding.
Neate J29: 'Johnston was a well-known British administrator and explorer, and author of several books on Africa. He produced an excellent map of the Kilmanjaro region and pushed exploration higher than before, reaching 16,300 ft'. His treaties with local chiefs of tribes lead to the founding of the British East Africa Protectorate and he later became consul general of Uganda Protectorate, was a friend of Stanley and other explorers of Africa. This work includes much on the native peoples and the languages spoken in the areas visited, anthropology, natural history. Wood 409: 'In the appendix of this work, describing one of the best known of Harry Johnston's expeditions, is a list of the birds collected, by G. E. Shelley, and a list of the mammals obtained, by O. Thomas'. There are also lists of plants and insects collected.
US$500. bookID # 12286
KINGDON WARD, Frank; Burma's Icy Mountains. London, Jonathan Cape, , First edition, 8vo [20.4 x 14 cm]; 287 pp, frontis and plates from photos, 2 foldout maps, original cloth, silver title lettering on spine bright, fine and clean, unmarked in very nice dj (not price clipped, light wear at spine ends).
The author, described as the last of the great plant hunters, traveled to Burma a number of times. He describes his two expeditions, in the late 1930's, to the more inaccessible and previously unexplored parts of Burma, including Burma's 20,000 foot mountains, with a good description of the geography, topography, botany, people. The illustrations include local people, orchids, views, suspension bridge, etc. Neate W16. Because of his familiarity with this area, he was employed by the US army in world war II searching for crashed aircraft.
US$170. bookID # 13314
MACGILLIVRAY, W.; The Life, Travels and Researches of Baron Humboldt; with a Narrative of Humboldt's most Recent Researches including his Celebrated Journey to the Ural Mountains, and the Caspian Sea, etc.. London, T. Nelson and Sons, 1857, , 12mo [18 x 12 cm]; 418 pages, engraved plates including frontis and views which are new to this edition, where the illustrations list reflects the earlier edition, original blind-stamped blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering and vignette, lightly rubbed, small erasure on endpaper, clean with the original tissue guards for the plates, very good copy.
"Scientist, explorer and diplomat, Humboldt was the last truly Universal Man. He left his name on the maps of five continents, over a thousand places in the world are named after him and even a crater on the moon bears his name." (Douglas Botting). Humboldt explored little known South America, climbing Chimborazo, the highest known mountain, which made him world famous. He collected a mass of data, which laid the foundation of modern physical geography and established the concept of plant geography. On his return he visited the United States where he became friend and advisor to President Jefferson. Later in his life, in his sixties, he traveled to Siberia, the Ural mountains, Caspian Sea, etc. Macgillivray's book was first published in 1832 but this edition was brought up-to-date with Humboldt's later explorations to the period of his death, and extra material added.
US$100. bookID # 10632
MILLER, David, Richard Warren; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rain Forrest in Southeastern Brazil. Rio de Janeiro, Salamandra Consultoria Editorial SA, , First edition, 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; [ii], vi, 182 pp, 192 colored illustrations on 32 plates from the photos of Izabel Moura Miller, hundreds of line drawings and lip drawings by Mary Bates and Alex Nimmo Smith, tables, charts, map, bibliog, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, clean and fine.
'This book is welcome as one of the first to provide a detailed account of the rich orchid flora of the Mata Atlanica Forests. The authors have first hand experience of the region and its orchids and are keen conservationist and horticulturists. This book will be useful to tourists, orchid growers, scientists and conservationists for its detailed account of this remarkable family of plants' [Phillip Cribb, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew]. 'Carefully crafted descriptions of the orchids. . . . of one of the most important remaining Atlantic Rain Forest Tracts' [Gusavo Martinelli, Rio de Janeiro Botanic Gardens].
US$24. bookID # 12688
O'HANLON, Redmond; Into the Heart of Borneo; An Account of a Journey Made in 1983 to the Mountains of Batu Tiban with James Fenton. Edinburgh, The Salamander Press, 1984, First Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; [xii] 192pp, map, plates, bibliog, index, original cloth, dj (light crease, slightly used, not price clipped), else near fine.
The author, with poet James Fenton, wrote an interesting, and, at times, hilarious account of their exploration of jungles and mountains, following the trails of previous naturalists.
US$40. bookID # 7559
PATERSON, M. Malcolm; Mountaineering Below the Snow-Line or the Solitary Pedestrian in Snowdonia and Elsewhere. London, George Redway, 1886, First edition, 12mo [18 x 13 cm]; viii, 307, [i, index], 38 [publisher's catalogue dated September 1886] pp, 4 etched plates (complete) including the frontis with tissue guard, the plates from drwgs by Mackaness, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, gilt emblem on cover, spine ends chipped, edges rubbed, interior clean, partly unopened and very good in good cover, signed presentation inscription by Paterson.
Neate P21 : 'Hill walking in the British Isles and Norway', including Wales and the Cambrians.
US$160. bookID # 7904
PECK, Charles H., John M. Clarke; New York State Museum, 53rd Annual Report of the Regents 1899, Museum Memoirs 3 and 4; Oriskany Fauna of Becraft Mountain by Clarke [with] Report of the State Botanist on Edible Fungi of New York 1895-99 by Charles Peck. Albany, University of the State of New York, 1901, First edition thus, 4to [30 x 24 cm]; [iv], 234 pp, 9 lithographed plates of shells relating to Clarke work, 25 fine colored lithographed [chromolithographs] plates of mushrooms for Peck's report, numbered 44-68 but complete, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, bookplate of George May Elwood on endpaper, spine end a little frayed, interior near fine and clean.
Two reports in one volume. Peck had written several works on mushrooms, this one being on edible mushrooms and fungi, each species described in detail, nice plates.
US$80. bookID # 11663
RADEN, Woldemar; Switzerland, Its Mountains and Valleys. London, Bickers and Son, 1878, First edition, folio [35.5 x 27 cm]; xv, 487 pp, complete 418 illustrations including 90 full-page plates, frontis, and other illus, engraved by A. Closs, title page printed in red and black, original pictorial cloth with elaborate design in gilt and black on front cover and spine, edges rubbed, spine ends a little frayed, internal hinges cracked but firm, presentation prize bookplate on endpaper, interior generally clean, very good.
The fine illustrations are from drawings, paintings by Bauernfeind, Braith, Calame, Dill, Disen, Eckenbrecher, Franz, Grob, Haberlin, Herdtle, Hertel, Heyn, Jungheim, Kindler, Kroner, Meyer, Meyerheim, Riefstahl, Ritz, Roux, Schmid, Schrodter, Spect, Vautier, Zugel and depictorialscenes, views, street scenes, people, activities, buildings, etc. An impressive work on the mountains, alpine roads and passes, lakes, forests, covering all parts of the country and cities, towns.
US$390. bookID # 7930
REUTHER, David, John Thorn, illustrations by Bob Carroll; The Armchair Mountaineer. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, , First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 19 cm]; x, 342 pp, full page illustrations from drawings, glossary, original cloth, silver title spine lettering, dj (price clipped), fine and clean, unmarked.
A fascinating selection from some of the greatest mountaineering narratives, including Chris Bonington, Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain), Maurice Herzog, Edmund Hillary, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiesen, Rick Ridgeway, H. L. Tilman, H. G. Wells, Edward Whimper, Francis Younghusband, and about 50 others.
US$5. bookID # 11834
ROGET, F. F., illustrations by L. M. Crisp; Ski Runs in the High Alps. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1913, , 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; 312, [iv, ads for skiing equipment including illustrations Burberry ad, ski books, guides] pp, 25 plates from drawings by Crisp including colored frontis, 6 folding maps, other illus, original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt title lettering on front cover and spine, top edge gilted, cover light rubbed at edge, small scratch, very good sound copy, interior is clean and unmarked.
Neate R65: 'The principal book in English by a Swiss academic who was outstanding among the pioneers of ski-mountaineering'. A fascinating account of skiing in the Alps, including observations on the culture of skiing, the social aspects, the local people, many ski runs, glaciers, avalanches, military skiing, description and illustrations of the equipment used at that time, the mechanics of ski-bindings, etc.
US$320. bookID # 8509
SCHOOTEN, Marie-Therese Ullens de; Lords of the Mountains; Southern Persia and the Kashkai Tribe. London, The Travel Book Club, nd [c1954], , 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; 128 pp, illustrations from photos, maps, bibliog, index, original cloth, dj (chipped, worn), paper browning in margins, clean good copy.
The author, travelling extensively in Persia (Iran), was the first to be allowed to film the Kashkai tribe and interviewed the chief Nasser Khan and provides interesting detail on the Kashkai, their customs, society, etc. An appendix describes the tribes of Persia, another lists the Kashkai clans and locations.
US$15. bookID # 8274
SKINNER, Joseph; The Present State of Peru: Comprising its Geography, Topography, Natural History, Mineralogy, Commerce, the Customs & Manners of its Inhabitants, State of Literature, Philosophy, the Arts, the Modern Travels of the Missionaries in Unexplored Mountainous. London, Richard Phillips, 1805, First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; xiv, 487, [i, errata] pp, 20 fine hand colored stipple and line engravings (complete) on heavier paper, index, list of plates, contemporary full calf, new spine, spine title lettering on leather labels, original gilt decorated boards, marbled endpapers, light edge wear, few lower margins with light stain, short tear in margin of index pages, very good, clean in handsome binding.
A comprehensive description of Peru including the territory, natural history, mineralogy, commerce, Lima, native peoples, topography, literature, climate, etc. The Longevity section describes Don Juan Modesto who lived to 133 years. Appendices describe missions to Caxamarquilla, travels to river Huallago, lake of Gran Cocama in 1790, rivers Maranon and Ucayali, and to Manoa tribes in 1791, travels in mountainous territories, itinerary from Chavin to Chicoplaya. The colored plates show the costume of various parts of Peruvian society, including nobility, natives, bullfighter, llamas, etc. Abbey Travel 723. Hiler 802. Sabin 81615. Palau 315564. Lipperheide I, 389. Skinner seems to have based the work on his translated portions from El Mercurio Peruano.
US$4000. bookID # 13705
SMYTHE, F. S.; An Alpine Journey. London, Victor Gollancz, 1934, First edition, large 8vo [24 x 15 cm]; 351 pp, 53 illustrations from photos on 48 plates, folding map showing author's route, glossary, original cloth, minor rubbing, previous owner's ink notes in margins of two pages, very good copy.
Neate 730. "The author climbed extensively in the Alps, and also made several important Himalayan expeditions, including the first ascent of Kamet." (Neate)
US$8. bookID # 5167
SMYTHE, Frank S.; Climbs in the Canadian Rockies. London, Hodder and Stoughton, , First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; ix, 260 pp, colored frontis, numerous plates from photos by author, maps, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (quite chipped, tears), else near fine in fair dj.
Neate 744. One of the greatest British mountain-climbers and first to ascend Kamet, Smythe describes his four months of climbing and observations of wildlife.
US$16. bookID # 10929
SPRUCE, Richard; A Collection of Nine of His Papers including Notes of a Visit to the Cinchona Forests on the Quitenian Andes; Expedition to Procure Seeds & Plants of the Cinchona; the Mountains of Llanganati. . . Quitonian Andes, etc. various places, several journals, as listed below`, 1844-1864, First editions, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; includes 9 original papers by Spruce, folding partly colored map, plate of Utricularia Peltata, Spruce, from Linn. Society Journal Botany Vol. IV, 1845, contemporary half calf, with gilt title lettering 'Opuscula; R. S.' on leather spine label, marbled boards rubbed, contents of papers listed hand-written on endpaper, initials RS in ink on margin of first paper, marginal notes & corrections, very good.
The papers by Richard Spruce included here are: The Musci and Hepaticae of Teesdale, Trans. Bot. Society of Edinburgh, 1844 (pp 65-89); On Several Mosses new to the British Flora, London Journal of Botany, 1845 (pp1-27); On Five New Plants from Eastern Peru, Linnaean Society, 1859 (pp191-204); On the Mode of Branching of Some Amazon Trees, Linn. Soc., 1861, (pp 3-51); Notes of a Visit to the Cinchona Forests on the Western slope of the Quiteian Andes, Linn Journal, 1859, (176-192); On the Mountains of Llanganati in the Eastern Cordillera of the Quitonian Andes, offprint (?, or possibly earlier printing, has a few hand corrections) from Royal Geographical Society of London, 1861 (1-21, with folding engraved map, partly colored showing his routes); On the River Purus, a Tributary of the Amazon, no publisher stated, June 13, 1864 (1-13); Notes on the Valleys of Piura and Chira in Northern Peru and on the Cultivation of Cotton Therein, London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1864 (pp 1-81). In addition there is only part of his paper, Report on the Expedition to Procure Seeds and Plants of the Cinchona Succirubra, or Red Bark Tree, London 1861, pages 85-112 only, the rest being removed but pages 104-111 being a note by Spruce on Cinchona Succirubra, Pavon and allied species, dated 1861 and pages 111-112 being a note by Clements R. Markham , respected author who wrote two books on obtaining Cinchona seeds and plants for planting in India to develop a
US$2000. bookID # 12291
TILMAN, H. W.; Ice With Everything. Sydney, Gray's Publishing Company, , First Canadian edition, published same time as first English edition, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; 142 pp, illustrations from photos, maps, map endpapers, original cloth, dj (lightly rubbed at spine ends), fine in very good dj.
Neate T37: 'In later life Tilman spent his time sailing to remote arctic and antarctic locations, landing to do a bit of climbing' A narrative of Tilman's travels mainly on the east cost of Greenland. The appendix lists his various boats with chronologies.
US$4. bookID # 4052
TRISTRAM, H. B. [Henry Baker]; The Great Sahara: Wanderings South of the Atlas Mountains. London, John Murray, 1860, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; xiv, [i, list of illus], 435, 32 [publisher's ads dated Dec. 1860] pp, complete with 11 plates including frontis of Oasis of El Kantara, 2 folding colored maps including large one at end (short tear), other illus, title page vignette, orig pictorial gilt cloth, gilt spine title lettering, part of spine cloth is lightened, bookplate removed from endpaper, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good overall, interior clean & near fine, inscribed by author 'with the author's best regards'.
The author had travelled extensively in the middle east, Holy Land and North Africa. After describing his detailed preparations, the author describes his travels south from Algiers through northwest Africa, with much on the peoples, conditions, customs, celebrations, feasts, ruins, language, etc. The appendices including mammals, birds, reptiles, mollusca, plants collected, geology, geography, history of the Sahara. One of the maps shows caravan routes, the large map shows author's route in red.
US$450. bookID # 12535
TYNDALL, John; Mountaineering in 1861, a Vacation Tour. London, Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862, First edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; x, 105, 8 [ads of mountaineering books] pp, 2 plates including frontis of the Weisshorn from drawing by Whymper, plate of the Matterhorn, original brown cloth with gilt spine title lettering, light cover stain, some minor rubbing, name on endpaper, very good copy with only slight foxing on few margins.
Neate T77. Cox (Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering) 15: 'The Golden Age of mountaineering produced a literature which has yet to be surpassed. . .The British scientist, John Tyndall, was an outstanding example of these pioneers. 1861 was his great year of climbing. He mad the first ascent of the Weisshorn and made an early attempt on the Matterhorn, which is described in this work'. Tyndall later made the first traverse of the Matterhorn.
US$290. bookID # 8781
ULLMAN, James Ramsey; The Age of Mountaineering. Philadelphia and New York, J. B. Lippincott Company, , First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 364, [i, addendum of late report of climbing of K2] pp, illustrations from photos, maps, endpaper maps, bibliog, list of 100 famous mountains, glossary, index, original 2 part cloth, spine title lettering, dj (lightly rubbed at edges, not price clipped), name on half-title page, else near fine, clean.
Neate U02. The American mountaineer and author of several well-regarded books on mountaineering, here describes all the major expeditions and important assents of the last century on each continent, conveying the excitement of each. Appendices include women in mountaineering, the Himalayan career of Tenzing, volcanos, etc.
US$21. bookID # 12047
UMLAUFT, F.; The Alps. London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1889, First edition, large 8vo [25 x 17 cm]; xii, 523 pp, frontis with tissue guard, 2 foldout colored maps, 110 illustrations including 30 full-page plates, all from drwgs, tables, index of places, mountains, rivers, etc, original pictorial cloth, rubbed, spine darkened but gilt spine title lettering visible, minor foxing in few margins, but a very good sound copy.
'Professor Umlauft is, as far as I am able to ascertain, the first writer who has collected into one work, not only the topography of the entire range of the Alps, but also an account of the scientific, historical, and ethnological features of the great mountain system' (Lousa Brough, preface). Includes chapters on flora and fauna, geology, alpine roads and railways, avalanches and glaciers, etc.
US$100. bookID # 7459
VARESCHI, Volkmra and Ernst Krause; Mountains in Flower. London, Lindsay Drummond, , , large 8vo [25 x 19 cm]; [vi], 159 pp, color frontis, 72 illustrations from photos by Ernst Krause, other illustrations from drwgs, original blue cloth, gilt title lettering, dj (old repairs, chipped), very good in fair dj.
A good work on alpines of various types, including orchids.
US$2. bookID # 9923
VIGNE, G. T.; Travels in Kashmir, Ladak, Iskardo, the Countries Adjoining the Mountain Course of the Indus and the Himalaya, North of the Panjab. London, Henry Colburn, 1842, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; two volumes, xlviii, 406; x, 463, 26 [publisher's ads dated Jan 1841], complete with 13 maps and plates including large folding map in pocket, frontis in each volume, view plates, costume plates, other illus, appendix, errata, rebacked preserving most of original blind-stamped cloth and spines, gilt spine title lettering on each volume, lightly rubbed, very good or better, interior clean and unmarked, solid binding, original ribbon in map pocket.
A narrative of the author's extensive travels, including a detailed introduction on his observations of the events in Afghanistan, his travels through present day India, Ldiana, Rupur, Nadaun, Ladak, through Kashmir, Little Tibet, through the mountains, and other parts of Central Asia, with good description of the peoples, customs, jungles, nature, plants, buildings, religion, events, interviews with important persons, etc. 'He traveled for amusement, saw much and was assisted in his observations by the possession of some knowledge of science' [DNB]. The plates and other illustrations are quite good. Yakushi V38. Baker 264.
US$2400. bookID # 10518
WESTON, Walter; The Playgrounds of the East. London, John Murray, 1918, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; xii, 333, [iv, publisher's ads] pp, plates, 2 folding colored maps with author's route in red, index, orig red cloth, gilt badge of the Japanese Alpine Club on front cover, gilt spine title lettering, spine faded with small stain, bookplate of Thomas Barratt on endpaper, interior is clean and fine with very minor foxing on few leaves in very good cover.
Neate W46: 'Follow-up on his first book on mountaineering in Japan'. 'Weston is revered as the Father of mountaineering in Japan (Neate), and is the first foreign climber to climb all the major Japanese mountains. The maps show the Japanese Alps. The foreword is by Professor Shigetaka (Juko) Shiga.
US$420. bookID # 8276
WHITE, Lieut. George Francis, edited by Emma Roberts; Views in India, Chiefly Among the Himalaya Mountains. London & Paris, Fisher, Son and Co., 1838, , small folio [34 x 27 cm]; x, 84, [iv, ads] pp, 30 fine engraved plates including frontis and extra engraved title page (complete as listed), with tissue guards, contemporary full morocco with round gilt picture of dance scene & musicians on front cover, rebacked preserving original spine and gilt title lettering, edges rubbed, corners bit worn, light spotting but overall very good copy.
Yakushi W65. Kaul 751: 'Description of the rocks in the Ganges and Sutlej, the Keeree pass, Hardwar, Mussoorie, Jamnotri, Gangotri, Nahaun, including an account of the ascent of Choor'. The attractive plates include many by J. M. W. Turner and T. Allom. Roberts wrote several books on India and 'wrote the text to several collections of steel-engraved plates on India. . . she produced the best vade-mecum available' (Robinson p. 191).
US$500. bookID # 8779
WHYMPER, Edward; Travels Amongst the Great Andes of the Equator. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892, First American edition, 8vo [23.5 x 17 cm]; xxvi, 456, 20 plates, 118 illus, 4 folding maps including and one in rear pocket (short splits at folds), tables, appendices, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover top edge gilted, cover a little lightly spotted at edge, 5 margins lightly stained, very good sound and solid copy.
Welch 111. Neate W66: 'This book was the first of the few great classics of South American mountaineering literature, equaled only by books like De Agostini's Andes Patagonicos. It remains essential reading for anyone visiting Ecuador'. Whymper was the first to ascend the Matterhorn and his Scrambles amongst the Alps is the most famous mountaineering book. Whymper's book on the Andes is less well-known but more important scientifically. Very well-illustrated and includes significant information on the natural history and geology of the area. One of the few nineteenth century books on Ecuador, describing the people, nature, scenery, cities, etc. Goodman 595: 'A solid, lengthy account of his experiences in climbing the peaks, including Cotopaxi and Chimborazo, with extensive botanical information.' He climbed 6 peaks over 15,000 feet. The maps include Quito plan, province of Quito, map of Ecuador, etc.
US$150. bookID # 12316
WILCOX, Walter Dwight; The Rockies of Canada; A revised and enlarged edition of 'Camping in the Canadian Rockies'. New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1903, , large 8vo [25 x 17.5 cm]; ix, [i], 309 pp, frontis, 42 plates with tissue guards with letterpress, of which 25 plates are fine photogravures, 3 maps including 2 large folding maps in rear pocket, index, original green pictorial gilt cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, gilt spine vignette, top edge gilted, edges bit rubbed, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, slight foxing on few end leaves, else very good+ sound and solid copy.
Neate W73. The author, America mountaineer and original A. A. C. member, explored the Canadian Rockies in the 1890s to the north of Kicking Horse Pass and south to Mt. Assiniboine. He made more than 20 first ascents of in the Canadian Rockies. This nicely illustrated work was first published as Camping in the Canadian Rockies in 1896 and is here expanded. Whale 1694. Lowther 1250: 'An account of camp life in the wilder parts of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, together with a description of the region around Banff, Lake Louise and Glacier, and a sketch of early explorations. . . one of the best early sources of information on the Alberta-British Columbia border region'.
US$80. bookID # 11691
WILLIAMS, Charles; The Alps, Switzerland and the North of Italy. London, John Cassell, 1854, First edition, 4to [28 x 20 cm]; viii, 634 pp, frontis view of Geneva from the lake, map (showing Alps, Switzerland, Savoy, Piedmont, Lombardy), 161 illustrations including 21 full-page from drwgs, index, title vignette, contemporary half green morocco, marbled boards, gilt spine lettering on leather label, edges worn, rubbed, repair at top of joint, interior clean, sound and very good in good cover.
Neate W78, citing only the American edition: 'Includes account of early Mont Blanc ascents, reproductions of some of Auldjo's engravings, an account of early ascents of the Jungfrau, selections of mountain poetry, etc'. A well-illustrated work that also includes a brief directions for travellers, descriptions of each region in some detail, with approximately a quarter of the content on Italy. The illustrations include numerous views such as Basel, Bern, Brixen, Chamonix, Como, Erlenbach, Geneva, Grindelwald, Interlaken, Lugano, Milan, Padua, Reichenau, Schaffhausen, Schlanders, Trient, Venice, Verona, Zug, etc. No copies are listed in auction records of the last 26 years.
US$390. bookID # 8137
WILLIAMSON, Robert W.; The Ways of the South Sea Savage; A Record of Travel & Observation Amongst the Savages of the Solomon Islands & Primitive Coast & Mountain Peoples of New Guinea. London, Seeley, Service & Co, 1914, First Edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; 308 pp, frontis, illustrations & plates from photos, folding color map, original pictorial cloth, worn, light foxing on some leaves, ink name of previous owner on endpaper, near fine, complete.
A detailed study of the Papuans and Solomon Islanders before their culture was destroyed by other civilizations, with good illustrations.
US$110. bookID # 5375
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