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Chessler Books 1984-2018
34 Years of Mountaineering Books

Complete Liquidation Book Sale 

As of 2018 we are sending an emailed list of Sale Books, at sharply reduced prices, every week. Please signed up for our mailing list (below) as there is no other way to know what we are putting on sale, or when we will send the email. Response has been terrific, so the only way to get the great books at bargain prices is to get our emails. Most books sell out within 12 hours!

A link to all the remaining books from our weekly Book Sales is at this link (on this website):   https://bit.ly/2pEB98w 

Over the last fifty years we have accumulated a gigantic stock of mountaineering books, mostly used, but many new as well. Thousands of books are autographed by the great names of 20th century mountaineering. Plus we have thousands of climbing magazines and journals, rare and topographic maps, related climbing collectibles, old climbing hardware, nailed boots, wood handled ice axes, ephemera, art, photographs, lithographs, signatures, plus books on Polar Exploration, Tibet, adventure travel and similar subjects. We are now selling off this bonanza at prices unseen since the 1960s. Get on our mailing list!

Michael Chessler


RARE CLIMBING BOOK BONANZA
2018

Dear friends,

We are thrilled to announce our acquisition in 2016 of one of the finest collections of used, rare and collectible books on mountaineering that we have ever seen. It is currently all for sale, and available as fast as we can get it shown on our website.

PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR MAILING LIST, AND CLICK ON NEW ARRIVALS EVERY WEEK TO SEE WHAT HAS BEEN UPLOADED.

UP TO 4000 RARE CLIMBING BOOKS IN GREAT CONDITION!

In two years we have listed half the books. It once filled 150 boxes that had an average weight of 40 pounds. That's three tons! Our source, a long time book collector, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of mountaineering, its literature in many languages, and what it took to make a great book collection.

MANY BOOKS AND DUST JACKETS ARE UNKNOWN TO US

We now have many books, editions and dust jackets that we had never seen, or even knew existed. This library has many better condition examples, and amazingly scarce and well preserved dust jackets, that will make the serious book collector salivate with desire. It did that to me.

Please be sure to join our mailing list as we announce a new selection of 50-100 books every week or two:



ALWAYS 2500+ DVDS AND BOOKS ON SALE

For 2018, we are continuing our weekly book and DVD sales. Please sign up for our mailing list, or check New Arrivals every week or two. Our inventory was reduced by several thousand items in 2015-2017 [thank you!] but we need to pare off more. We still have a 24 foot storage unit in which we have stored extra inventory for 25 years, and we'd like to close that bit of overhead.

If you click on the SALE buttons on top, or left, of every page, almost every sale item will show. There is also a separate Sale button under DVDs.

If you need help, just e-mail or call us. Contacts on the left of this page, below.


 
We Ship All Orders Tuesdays and Thursdays 
 


 
ARE THE SIGNATURES IN THE
BOOKS AND ICE AXES WE OFFER AUTHENTIC?  

"How can we prove that the signatures on our
Books and Ice Axes are real?" 
 
Here is the evidence, many of the culprits, 
caught with PEN IN HAND!
The photos were all taken by Michael Chessler or an assistant.


 
The photo above is the first time I, Michael Chessler, met Sir Edmund Hillary. It was in the early 1990s and he actually came to our bookshop, then in Kittredge Colorado. We met with him many times for the next 20 years, when he would autograph books, ice axes for our bookshop. We also went to meet him, in NYC, LA, SF, Banff, and several times to Auckland. He was always very nice to us, and we are proud to have known him. And yes, we made contributions to the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust every time we met him.
 
Above is Ed Hillary in Los Angeles in the early 1990s, just after New Zealand honored him by putting his image on the $5 NZ currency. Knowing that Hillary would be asked to autograph the bills, the NZ Parliament passed a law allowing him to do so, because it was defacing the currency! We bought our first lot of $5 bills at the best place to buy NZ money in LA. In the currency exchange window at Pre-TSA LAX of course! We are still selling real paper (not polymer) unused SIGNED New Zealand $5 bills from the first year of issue!




In June 2017 the great Tommy Caldwell autographed copies of his new book, The Push, for us, about his free climb of The Dawn Wall on El Capitan, his traverse of the Fitzroy Massif, and his kidnapping during a climb in Kyrgystan.



 
The amazing Alex Honnold in November 2015.  Those pitons were all for sale, signed by Alex, on this website. Everything he signed that day has been sold.
 
 
 
Babu Chirri Sherpa, who held the record for ten Everest ascents, and fastest climb from Bascamp to Summit, under 17 hours.
 
Hot Henry Barber. One of the very few climbers whose personal style and superb ability changed and upgraded how everybody after him climbed. I even adopted a delightful habit of his, that he must have picked up on his famous world tour in the seventies. Emulating Henry, I now sign my name with a British "Cheers. " 
 
Chris Bonington, signing books al fresco. His Everest expeditions were often 
done in a grand style that reminded one of the British Raj on Tiger safari.
 
The Man. 
 
The Austro-Hungarian Empire. My wife Heinke Forfota was Hungarian, and Kurt Diemberger is Austrian. They loved to chat in German.
 
Heinrich Harrer, a climber who had the nose for finding the best unclimbed peaks and routes in the world. Also, can you believe, the Austrian golf champion too!
 
Tomaz Humar. A sweet person, this was in Snowbird in 2002 
the week before the Utah Winter Olympics.
 
Jamling Tenzing, showing me his father's (Tenzing Norgay) Porter Book. The book is signed by Tilman, Shipton, Ruttledge, Lambert, Denman, etc. I offered him a joking $100 for it.
 
Goran Kropp. On his one and only book tour. His slide 
show was the funniest performance I have ever seen!
 
Jeff Lowe. One of America's greatest ice climbers.  
 
Royal Robbins and Tom Frost. Nothing else needs to be said.
 
 
Pete Schoening. He and Andy Kauffman made the first ascent of Gasherbrum I, Hidden Peak. America's only time making a first ascent of an 8000 meter peak.  He also saved his whole team, seven lives in one belay, on K2 in 1953.
 
Madhav Lal Tabdar, Bradford and Barbara Washburn, Roger Bilham, Buddhi Narayan Shrestha.

Brad was a legendary mountaineer, pioneer of Alaska climbing. Photo taken about 1989.
Barbara made the first female ascent of Denali in June 1947.
Roger Bilham is Colorado University Professor Emeritus, and a Senior Research Scientist in
Geological Sciences CIRES
The man on the left, Madhav Lal Tabdar, was Nepal Government Secretary, Ministry of Land Reform & Management.

The gentleman man next to Brad is Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, who was Director General of the Government Survey Department of Nepal.

The photograph was taken after the signing of the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the Nepal government and the University of Colorado, Boulder, to launch the GPS survey in Nepal to strengthen the geodetic co-ordinate network of Nepal.
 
Jim Whittaker, with Michael Chessler. Jim's real accomplishment was being only the 10th person to summit Everest (he says he was 7th!), not the first American part.
 
Jim Wickwire, with Michael Chessler. Jim was one of the first Americans to climb K2, along with John Roskelley, Rick Ridgeway, and the strong and silent Louis Reichardt.
 
  
Reinhold Messner in our bookshop. More than anybody, he
created and nurtured high standard and ethical alpinism
in the high mountains of the world. Has anybody ever lived
their life so fully to the brim (and the edge) as he has?
  
 
David Breashears. A rock climber phenom who made the transition to Everest climber and film-maker.
 
 
Conrad Anker. A great rock climber who learned how to use an ice axe and crampons.  It's so wonderful to see a self-effacing guy like Conrad become so successful in his business, avocation and private lives. 
  
 
 
Ed Hillary, in our bookshop in the 1990s. We met with him fifteen times in the 1990s and 2000s.
 
 
 
Fred Beckey, whose very name symbolizes the freedom
of climbing
and the climbing life-style.

 
Jon Krakauer. His book Into Thin Air gave an unexpected boost to climbing. Another quiet, self effacing climber who made the big-time.
 
Maurice Herzog. See how he grips a pen with no fingers!
His handwriting was actually be excellent and readable!
What a great life he lived!
 
 

 


Check Out These Great Titles:
(Click On Image Or Title To View Details)
SIGNED by JIM WHITTAKER AND LOU WHITTAKER - LIFE ON THE EDGE: MEMOIRS OF EVEREST AND BEYOND 1999 1st ed DJ SIGNED by Jim Whittaker and Lou Whittaker! Multiple copies available
By: Whittaker, Jim    Price $19.99 ~ List Price $75.00, You Save $55.01
VERTIGO GAMES. ROCK CLIMBING IN COLORADO SIGNED by Glenn Randall 1983 1st edition
By: Randall, Glenn.    Price $7.99
MASTER OF ROCK: THE BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN GILL. 1977 1st ed SIGNED by John Gill and Pat Ament
By: Ament, Pat    Price $125.00 ~ List Price $175.00, You Save $50.00
ROPE BOY. SIGNED by Dennis Gray 1970 1st UK ed DJ Fine
By: Gray, Dennis    Price $55.00
GAMES CLIMBERS PLAY Ken Wilson 2006 New Paperback
By: Wilson, Ken    Price $22.95
THE FIGHT FOR EVEREST 1924 E.F. Norton 1925 1st UK ed Large Format Hardcover Near Fine 2 copies available
By: Norton, E.F., and other members of the expedition    Price $249.00 ~ List Price $500.00, You Save $251.00
MATTERHORN: THE QUINTESSENTIAL MOUNTAIN Graeme Wallace and Edward Whymper 2016 Large format hardcover Last copy
By: Wallace, Graeme and Edward Whymper    Price $49.95 ~ List Price $59.95, You Save $10.00
INDIAN HIMALAYA TREKKING GUIDE K & A Mazurkiewicz 2010 1st ed
By: Mazurkiewicz, K & A     Price $44.95
HILLARY AND TENZING SIGNED 25TH MT EVEREST ANNIVERSARY SILVER MEDAL SIGNED by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary
By: Hillary, Edmund and Tenzing Norgay. Franklin Mint    Price $500.00
CLIMBING THE WORLD'S 14 HIGHEST MOUNTAINS: THE HISTORY OF THE 8,000-METER PEAKS Richard Sale 2000 1st edition DJ SIGNED by 46 Great Climbers!
By: Sale, Richard and John Cleare.    Price $2490.00 ~ List Price $4000.00, You Save $1510.00
IN THE HIGH HIMALAYAS: SPORT AND TRAVEL IN THE RHOTANG AND BARALACHA, WITH SOME NOTES ON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THAT AREA Hugh Whistler. 1924, 1st UK ed, Fine
By: Whistler, Hugh    Price $750.00 ~ List Price $900.00, You Save $150.00
ALL THAT GLITTERS: A CLIMBER'S JOURNEY THROUGH ADDICITON AND DEPRESSION Margo Talbot 2011 1st edition
By: Talbot, Margo    Price $19.95
OLD ICE AXE OR ALPENSTOCK: SWISS 1900s-1930s WITH WOODEN HANDLE 44-48 inches
Price $750.00
WORLD CLIMBING VOL 2: ROCK ODYSSEY Simon Carter 2011 Large format photos. MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE
By: Carter, Simon, Monique Forestier    Price $24.95 ~ List Price $49.95, You Save $25.00
ON HIGH: THE ADVENTURES OF LEGENDARY MOUNTAINEER BRADFORD WASHBURN Washburn & Smith 2002 1st edition Large Hardcover [Not Signed] Multiple copies available
By: Washburn, Bradford and Donald Smith    Price $2.99 ~ List Price $40.00, You Save $37.01
THE PUSH: A CLIMBER'S JOURNEY OF ENDURANCE, RISK AND GOING BEYOND LIMITS Tommy Caldwell 2017 SIGNED by Tommy Caldwell Multiple copies available
By: Caldwell, Tommy, SIGNED    Price $14.95 ~ List Price $29.95, You Save $15.00
ANNAPURNA FIRST CONQUEST OF AN 8000-METER PEAK [26,493 feet] 1953 Hardcover DJ 2-5th printing. SIGNED BY MAURICE HERZOG MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE
By: Herzog, Maurice SIGNED    Price $49.99 ~ List Price $125.00, You Save $75.01
CANADIAN ALPINE JOURNAL, COMPLETE SET, 1907-1988 COMPLETE RUN VG-FINE
By: Alpine Club of Canada    Price $1900.00
HIGH ADVENTURE. 1955, 1st UK Edition. SIGNED by Edmund Hillary DJ
By: Hillary, Edmund.    Price $350.00
HOW TO BIG WALL CLIMB SUPERTOPO BOOK SIGNED by Chris McNamara 2013 1st ed
By: McNamara, Chris    Price $20.00 ~ List Price $24.95, You Save $4.95
SIR EDMUND HILLARY SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 8X10 KARSH 1960
By: Hillary, Edmund    Price $150.00
THE CONQUEST OF EVEREST. John Hunt 1954 1st Am Edition. DJ SIGNED by Jurg Marmet, the 3rd man to climb Everest
By: Hunt, John. With Edmund Hillary    Price $350.00
YOSEMITE VALLEY BIG WALLS SUPERTOPOS McNamara NEW 2011 3RD EDITION
By: McNamara, Chris, Chris Van Leuven    Price $28.95
FIVE MILES HIGH 1999 [1939] Bob Bates & Charles Houston K2 New Paperback MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE
By: Bates, Bob and Charles Houston.    Price $3.99 ~ List Price $16.95, You Save $12.96