TWENTY-FIVE LETTERS FROM NORMAN CLYDE 1928-1964

with biographical sketch & annotations by Dennis Kruska

1998 FIRST EDITION

ONLY 500 COPIES PRINTED


This is the first & only printing of Twenty-Five Letters From Norman Clyde 1928-1964. It was published in Los Angeles by Dawson’s in 1975. It measures 277mm tall x 178mm, and has 96 pages, 8 b/w photos (first published here), 8 sketches, EP sketch relief map, biblio, 1st ascent list, chronology. The book has a 16-page biography of Clyde by Dennis Kruska. Also, Kruska has made detailed annotations to Clyde's letters. The core of this book consists of 25 unedited letters (unpublished prior to this book) that were written by Clyde over a 41-year span. They all relate to his climbing, tramping, skiing, and various outdoor adventures in the Sierra Nevada of California. Clyde "climbed more Sierra peaks, hiked more Sierra miles, and found more missing Sierra hikers than any other 20th century mountaineer." Clyde also did some pioneer mountain skiing in the Sierra Nevada (one letter discusses some). Among Clyde's first ascents are East Face of Mt Whitney (1931), second ascent of El Picacho del Diablo in Baja Mexico (1932), first ascent of Mt Russell (1926), first ascent of Clyde Mineret (1928), fist ascent of Middle Palisade (1929), first ascent of the Devil's Crags (1934). Most of his mountaineering first ascents were made while climbing solo. This book won the "Award of Merit" from the 1999 Western Books Exhibition. This is an annual travelling exhibit sponsored by the Rounce & Coffin Club of Los Angeles that showcases outstanding examples of works produced by fine press printers and book artists. Only 500 copies of this book were made

CONDITION: Original red cloth, black lettering spine. No dust jackets were ever issued for this publication. Covers clean, tight binding, no previous owner marks or writing on any pages, quite Fine Price: $45.


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