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MY CLIMBS IN THE ALPS AND CAUCASUS. A.F. Mummery 1895 1st ed Fine
By Mummery, A.F.
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London, Fisher Unwin, 1895, 1st edition. 360 pp, 11 plates (some col.), 22 ills. Tall 8vo. One of the most influential books in the literature. Mummery was one of the first skilled rock climbers, and was lost on Nanga Parbat in 1895. This is one of the great classics of mountaineering literature. [Neate M181.]
 
Cover is lightly soiled, no edge wear, leather title patches still bright and intact, very little foxing, no writing, no foxing, Fine condition.  This book was the Into Thin Air of its era, the turn of the century, and I think many copies were read to death. We are happy to have such a nice copy today.

This copy has the bookplate of Steve Fossett. We not only bought it from the Fossett estate, we originally sold it to Steve Fossett in the 1990s, as it has my pencil mark inside the book.

Due to the size and weight of this book, extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail.

'My Climbs in the Alps and Caucasus' is Alfred Mummery's rousing and humorous account of his European climbing career. Dispensing with the use of guides, he laid the future for climbing as we know it today. 'My Climbs in the Alps and Caucasus' is Mummery's rousing and humorous account of his European climbing career. His book gives a flavor of the heroic era of mountaineering's beginnings - he was decades ahead of his time in realizing that the essence of mountaineering lies not in ascending ascending a peak, but in struggling with and overcoming difficulties.

'My Climbs' is both a joyful, life-affirming tale of adventure and also a manifesto outlining Mummery's radical approach to climbing mountains. It's a fine legacy from a visionary mountaineer and should be on every Alpinist's or climber's bookshelf.

Contents: Preface, 1: The Matterhorn - Zmutt Ridge, 2: The Matterhorn - Furggen Ridge, 3: The Col Du Lion, 4: Der Teufelsgrat, 5: The Aiguille Des Charmoz, 6: The Grepon, 7: The Dent Du Requin, 8: Aiguille Du Plan, 9: The Aiguille Verte - by the Charpoua Glacier, 10: The Aiguille Verte - by the Moine Ridge, 11: A Little Pass - Col Des Courtes, 12: Dych Tau, 13: Some Caucasian Passes, 14: The Pleasures and Penalties of Mountaineering.



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