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THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF LESLIE STEPHEN Frederic W. Maitland 1906 1st UK ed Near Fine
By Maitland, Frederic W.
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London, 1906, 1st edition. 509 pp, 5 illustrations (portraits of Leslie Stephen and his wives), appendix, index. A biography of the mountaineer and influential literary critic, which contains Virginia Woolf's first appearance in book form. At pages 474-6 appear her memoir of her father, attributed simply to ''one of his daughters.'' Virginia Woolf provides a fond account of her father, describing his playing with her and her siblings, and his reading habits and influences, and even describing his last months of life. 

Woolf's relationship with her father, who she liked better than her mother, was complicated and evolved over time as she made use of his personality in her writings, and wrote later memoirs of him. This volume also contains the first printing of a Thomas Hardy poem (p. 278), Hardy's recollections of Stephens as an editor, etc. [Neate M33.] Hardcover bound in original dark green cloth, spine gilt lettered, top edge gilt. Wear at top and bottom of spine, corners, Very Good.

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Sir Leslie Stephen
KCB (28 November 1832 – 22 February 1904) was an English author, critic, historian, biographer, and mountaineer, and father of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.

Stephen was one of the most prominent figures in the golden age of alpinism (the period between Wills's ascent of the Wetterhorn in 1854 and Whymper's ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865) during which many major alpine peaks saw their first ascents. Joining the Alpine Club in 1857 (the year of its formation), Stephen made the first ascent, usually in the company of his favorite Swiss guide Melchior Anderegg, of the following peaks:


  • Wildstrubel – 11 September 1858 with T. W. Hinchliff and Melchior Anderegg

  • Bietschhorn – 13 August 1859 with Anton Siegen, Johann Siegen and Joseph Ebener

  • Rimpfischhorn – 9 September 1859 with Robert Living, Melchior Anderegg and Johann Zumtaugwald

  • Alphubel – 9 August 1860 with T. W. Hinchliff, Melchior Anderegg and Peter Perren

  • Blüemlisalphorn – 27 August 1860 with Robert Living, Melchior Anderegg, F. Ogi, P. Simond and J. K. Stone

  • Schreckhorn – 16 August 1861 with Ulrich Kaufmann, Christian Michel and Peter Michel

  • Monte Disgrazia – 23 August 1862 with E. S. Kennedy, Thomas Cox and Melchior Anderegg

  • Zinalrothorn – 22 August 1864 with Florence Crauford Grove, Jakob Anderegg and Melchior Anderegg

  • Mont Mallet – 4 September 1871 with G. Loppe, F. A. Wallroth, Melchior Anderegg, Ch. and A. Tournier


He was President of the Alpine Club from 1865–1868.
 

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