MY CLIMBS IN THE ALPS AND CAUCASUS

BY ALBERT MUMMERY

1895 FIRST UK EDITION

CLASSIC OF OF THE ALPINE LITERATURE


This is the first printing of the first UK edition of MY CLIMBS IN THE ALPS AND CAUCASUS by Albert Mummery. This book was published in London by Fisher Unwin in 1895. The book measures 274mm tall x 180mm, and has 360 pages, 9 b/w & 2 tinted full-page plates, 21 text photos & illustrations. Renowned mountaineer and author, Greg Child, describes Mummery's book as “one of the three classics of Victorian mountain literature.” Mummery was an exceptional rock climber who was killed in 1895 while trying to climb Nanga Parbat alpine style (not in this book). Includes climbs of the Matterhorn, Dru, Aiguille Verte, Dych Tau, famous ascent of Grépon via the Mummery Crack, etc. Note that Mummery didn’t lead the Mummery Crack on the first ascent! The Swiss youth & porter, Benedict Venetz, led it and is given full credit here by Mummery.

CONDITION: Original publisher's light tan buckram with original publisher's leather title and publisher labels on spine stamped with gilt lettering. This is the true first UK edition of the book. Often the first USA edition is confused with the first UK edition because all pages and printing on pages is identical between the two. The only difference is the publisher's name on the label near the bottom of the spine. The UK edition has "T. Fisher Unwin" on the spine label. The USA edition has "Scribners" on the spine label. The book being offered here is the first UK edition. The book covers are relatively clean and unrubbed, and the leather spine labels are in good condition. Often the spine labels are chipped and badly damaged. Internally there is minor foxing on endpages, just a little foxing on a few other pages (not bad). Overall, one of the best examples of this book that we have had. Price: SOLD.


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