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CENTRAL TIAN-SHAN MOUNTAINS 1902-1903 Dr. Gottfried Merzbacher 1905 1st US edition Hardcover Fine
By Merzbacher, Gottfried.
Price: $750.00


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Monroe Thorington's copy with Bookplates

THE CENTRAL TIAN-SHAN MOUNTAINS 1902-1903: AN EXPEDITION INTO THE CENTRAL TIAN SHAN MOUNTAINS CARRIED OUT IN THE YEARS 1902-1903. New York, 1905, 1st edition. 294 pp, 20 ills, map. The major book in English on the Tian Shan mountains on the Russian-Chinese border. Merzbacher, an Austrian climber and explorer, made three trips into the Central Tian Shan where the highest peaks are located. He determined the location of Khan Tengri (6995 meters), the most striking peak, and mapped and explored the major glaciers and watersheds, and attempted Mramornaya Stena (Marble Peak) just NE of Khan Tengri.  Original blue cloth with gold letters. 
Hardcover, Fine.

This book has become quite scarce and sought after, especially because the area is now open to western climbers.  This copy is unique because it was previously owned by Monroe Thorington.  It was donated to the American Alpine Club Library, see scanned images of bookplates from inside the front cover and front endpaper above.  The external binding in clean without markings.  In addition, the spine has been professionally rebacked and the folding map in the back has been reinforced to prevent chipping or damage to the delicate paper that was used in its making.

From Amazon "J. Monroe Thorington (1895-1989) first ventured into the Canadian Rockies in 1914 and became one of the pre-eminent mountaineers and alpine scholars of his time, climbing extensively in the mountain ranges of British Columbia and Alberta, completing 52 first ascents and penning numerous guidebooks and journal articles on the mountains of western Canada."



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