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IL DUCA DELL'AVVENTURA: LE GRAND ESPLORAZIONI DI LUIGI AMEDEO DI SAVOIA, DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI [THE DUKE OF ADVENTURE: THE GREAT EXPLORATIONS OF THE DUKE OF ABRUZZI] Reinhold Messner 2009 1st ed New Hardcover DJ 3 copies available
By Messner, Reinhold and Roberto Montovani
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Italy, 2009, 1st edition. 287 pp, many b/w and color photos. In Italian. New large format hardcover with dust jacket. 

This is a heavy, large format book. Extra postage will be requested for Media Mail, Priority Mail and International Mail.

Although Reinhold Messner writes in German, he also speaks Italian and English. This book has appeared only in Italian, and there is not, and probably never will be, a translation into any other language. This book is both a celebration of the photos by Sella on the Duke's expediitons, as well as the life of Luigi Amedeo himself (who wanted to marry a US Senator's daughter from West Virginia!)
 
Luigi Amedeo of Savoy (1873-1933) is a legendary figure. The 'Prince Explorer' developed from an early age a strong aptitude for adventure and travel, starting to climb and to go to sea. At a time when vast areas of the world were totally unknown and explore them was not just a privileged few, but very difficult undertaking, the limit of human possibilities, he is among the protagonists of mountaineering Europe and between the precursors of the challenges extreme peaks outside Europe.
 
After major climbs in the Alps, he made the first ascent of Mount St. Elias in Alaska in 1897, conquered all the summits of the Ruwenzori in Africa in 1906 and led an expedition to K2 in the the Karakorum in 1909, the second highest mountain in the world. The Duke, accompanied as always by his faithful guides in Valle d'Aosta, was forced to give up.
 
However, still unable to get an extraordinary result, setting the record on Chogolisa altitude of 7498 meters. The book tells the true pioneer of this business, with not only climbing but also with a historic North Pole expedition in 1899-1900, two circumnavigations of the globe by ship and as well as his discovery a few years before he died of sources of the Webi Shabelle river in Ethiopia.

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