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ASCENT: OF THE INVENTION OF MOUNTAIN CLIMBING AND ITS PRACTICE Jeremy Bernstein 1965 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By Bernstein, Jeremy
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New York, 1965, 1st edition. 124 pp, b/w photos, bibliography, endpaper panoramic photos. Hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has minor wear. Fine.

A chronicle of two centuries in the French alps, the birthplace of mountain climbing, in elegant, economic prose. Stories of Whymper, Mummery, Rebuffat, Jaccoux, Carrel, Charlet, de Saussure, Paccard, Balmat, Whymper, Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, etc. Bernstein shares his own Alpine odyssey. One of the better written collections of essays on mountaineering. [Neate B94.] 

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"This book is a superb account of mountaineering in the Alps -- its history and its continuing fascination. Mr. Bernstein begins by describing the birth of Alpinism, with de Saussure's dream of climbing Mont Blanc and the first successful assault on it by the French climber Dr. Paccard and his guide Balmat. The book then tells of the golden age of mountaineering in the Alps the time of the great English climbers: Whymper, who won the race for the summit of the Matterhorn in 1865, and Mummery, who conquered the Grepon fifteen years latter.
 
Finally, Mr. Bernstein turns to modern climbing and its methods and tells his own experiences in the Alps with the extraordinary guides of Chamonix. Ascent is a vivid presentation of the world of Alpinism. For the non-mountaineer it will serve as a concise introduction to the history and special appeal of this sport; and it will delight those who already know the excitements of mountaineering."

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