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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 HALF PRICE!
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AS OF SUMMER 2015 WE GOT IN SEVERAL COPIES AT HALF PRICE!
 
Italy, 2009, 1st edition. 287 pp, many photos. In Italian. 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, which not only climbing but also include a historic North Pole expedition in 1899-1900, two circumnavigation of the globe by ship and discovered a few years before he died, sources of 'Webi Shabelle in Ethiopia. Large format hardcover, DJ, New.
 
This book is large and heavy, the same size as the book Summit by Sella, so extra postage will be requested for Priority, Canada and other international orders, although we can get more books into the box at that rate.

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