1895 A.F. MUMMERY CLIMBS IN ALPS AND CAUCASUS 10 PLATES PLUS TEXT ILLUSTRATIONS

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  • Sold Date: Dec 24, 2011
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Thick hardback book: My Climbs in the Alps and Caucasus , by A. F. Mummery. NOTE: The title page with publisher's info is missing, but I believe this is the 1895 First Printing. Fisher Unwin, London. Sm4to, 360 pages.

The binding is weak, and the book is falling apart. A couple of pages have brown spots in the margins, and there are small library stamps here and there, including the backs of the engravings. The frontispiece and title page are missing. However, the 10 full page engravings on card stock are all present, and I believe the other internal illustrations are also all present. The text appears to be complete.

From Diamir: Sweet Beginnings and Bitter Endings — A Brief Climbing History:

"At the end of the 19th century, there were no flights to Rawalpindi or Kathmandu, no jeep rides or treks up the valleys leading to the high peaks of the Karakoram and Himalaya. Nepal, where eight of the world's fourteen 8000 meter-peaks are located, was forbidden country then, and explorers had just begun probing the maze of glaciers around the Karakoram giants in Northwest India (today's Pakistan). Nanga Parbat, the ninth-highest peak in the world at 8125 m (26,658 ft.), was an exception. Situated on the north-westernmost spur of
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