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ON THE ADMIRATION OF MOUNTAINS Conrad Gesner 1937 [1555] Grabhorn Press Fine
By Gesner, Conrad
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On the Admiration of Mountains, the prefatory letter addressed to Jacob Avienus, Physician, in Gesner's pamphlet 'On Milk and Substances prepared from Milk,' first published at Zurich in 1543. A Description of the Riven Mountain, commonly called Mount Pilatus, addressed to J. Chrysostome Huber, originally printed with another work of Gesner's at Zurich in 1555. Translated by H. B. D. Soulé. Together with: On Conrad Gesner and the Mountaineering of Theuerdank by J. Monroe Thorington. Bibliographical Notes by W. Dock and J. Monroe Thorington.

San Francisco, Grabhorn, 1937. 57 pp, ills. Uncut. Quarto. Gesner, a Swiss philosopher in the middle ages, wrote this essay in 1543 in Latin. It is generally regarded as the first mention in print of climbing mountains for pleasure. This Grabhorn edition is the only modern version, in English, and was limited to 325 copies and is quite scarce. Included are essays by Thorington and others on early climbing. [Neate G16.] Original oatmeal hardcover with rust and brown decorated covers. Fine.

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