Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: BK4236-9482
ALBERT SMITH AND THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC: THE COCKNEY WHO SOLD THE ALPS Alan McNee 2015 1st ed Softcover Near Fine-Fine 2 Copies Available
By McNee, Alan
Price: $23.99


Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
UK, 2015, 1st edition. 246 pp. Albert Smith is one of the most famous Victorians of whom you've probably never heard. During his lifetime, he was a household name, thrilling audiences with his Ascent of Mont Blanc show at London's Egyptian Hall. An inveterate showman, Smith was also a doctor, journalist, raconteur, novelist, travel writer, and playwright.

His many talents were outstripped only by his boundless self-belief and huge personality. Even Queen Victoria described him in her journal as "inimitable", an epithet Smith's contemporary Charles Dickens liked to reserve for himself. Although Smith died aged only 43, he managed to pack much incident into his short life. He was robbed by highwaymen in Italy, narrowly escaped death in a hot air ballooning accident, and dodged arrest in Paris during the June Days Uprising of 1848. He also got caught up in the row over Dickens's affair with Ellen Ternan.

While his bumptiousness made Smith a divisive figure, many saw in him the Victorian ideal of the self-made man: energetic, imaginative, and ready to seize any new opportunity. As Alan McNee explains in this lively biography, it was his intrepid ascent of Mont Blanc in 1851 that propelled Smith to stardom. His subsequent show inspired 'Mont Blanc mania', encouraging participation in mountaineering as a popular pursuit. The Cockney Who Sold the Alps is a story of ambition, spectacle, and the fleeting nature of celebrity. Paperback (Only edition, no hardcover was done.) Near Fine to Fine.

Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
THE ANNALS OF MONT BLANC Charles Edward Mathews 1898 1st UK ed Hardcover Very Good
By: Mathews, Charles Edward
Price $250.00 ~ Regular $300.00, You Save $50.00 (17%)
- Item # OP76A-949
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MAZAMA BULLETIN INDIVIDUAL BACK ISSUES 1905 - 1975 New issues recently added
By: Mazama Bulletin
Price $5.00
- Item # JR225-127
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ALPINE JOURNAL 100s OF INDIVIDUAL ISSUES LISTED HERE! PAPERBACK, WRAPPERS or HARDCOVER ISSUES 1863-1986
By: Alpine Club UK
Price $10.00
- Item # JR207B
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MONT BLANC SIDESHOW: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ALBERT SMITH J. Monroe Thorington 1934 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Thorington, J. Monroe
Price $95.00 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $55.00 (37%)
- Item # OP1602A-147
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MONT BLANC MASSIF: THE 100 FINEST ROUTES Gaston Rebuffat Updated 1991 or 1996 ed Hardcover Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Rebuffat, Gaston
Price $19.95 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $55.05 (73%)
- Item # BK1245-3852p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE STORY OF MONT BLANC Albert Smith 1853 1st US ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Smith, Albert
Price $299.00 ~ Regular $325.00, You Save $26.00 (8%)
- Item # OP4917-969
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE CLIMBING ART MAGAZINE Individual Back Issues Number 1 to 31
By: Climbing Art Magazine, Pat Ament
Price $5.00
- Item # JR156-127
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE STORY OF MONT BLANC Albert Smith 1853 1st US ed Hardcover Very Good
By: Smith, Albert
Price $199.00 ~ Regular $225.00, You Save $26.00 (12%)
- Item # OP4917B-969
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
GERVASUTTI'S CLIMBS Giusto Gervasutti 1979 Paperback Very Good-Near Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Gervasutti, Giusto
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $29.99, You Save $20.00 (67%)
- Item # OP479B-9392
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SCRAMBLES AMONGST THE ALPS IN THE YEARS 1860-69 Edward Whymper 1900 5th UK ed Near Fine
By: Whymper, Edward
Price $75.00 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $75.00 (50%)
- Item # OP1787B-147
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
Sorry, we were unable find any similar items available by this author.


NEW! HIGHEST AND HARDEST: A MOUNTAIN CLIMBER'S LIFETIME ODYSSEY TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD Chris Kopczynski 2022 1st Edition SIGNED by Chris Kopczynski Multiple Copies Available
By: Kopczynski, Chris
Price $27.95 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $22.05 (44%)
- Item # BK4603-94034
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLIMBING ICE Yvon Chouinard 1978 Softcover Near Fine
By: Chouinard, Yvon
Price $24.95 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $25.05 (50%)
- Item # OP21A-948
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE EVEREST LHOTSE ADVENTURE Albert Eggler 1957 1st USA edition Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Ernst Reiss [Lhotse 1st Ascent]
By: Eggler, Albert
Price $255.00 ~ Regular $400.00, You Save $145.00 (36%)
- Item # OP2297DAB-104
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MY LIFE OF ADVENTURE Norman Vaughan 1995 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Vaughan, Norman D. and Cecil Murphey
Price $10.00 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $30.00 (75%)
- Item # PL216A-960
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
GORILLA MONSOON John Long 1989 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine-Fine 3 Copies Available
By: Long, John
Price $35.00 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $40.00 (53%)
- Item # OP563-9413
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TOUCHING MY FATHER'S SOUL: A SHERPA'S JOURNEY TO EVEREST Tenzing and Coburn 2001 1st ed Hardcover Fine 2 Copies Available
By: Tenzing, Jamling Norgay with Broughton Coburn
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $26.00, You Save $16.01 (62%)
- Item # BK1536A-9572
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LEGENDS OF SWITZERLAND H.A. Guerber 2021 [1899] Softcover Fine
By: Guerber, H.A.
Price $24.95 ~ Regular $59.95, You Save $35.00 (58%)
- Item # BK6832-949
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ABRIDGED EDITION OF THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA 1985 2nd Imp Paperback Very Good
By: Vivekananda, Swami
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OP5691-492
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNTAINS OF THE MIND: HOW DESOLATE AND FORBIDDING HEIGHTS WERE TRANSFORMED INTO EXPERIENCES OF INDOMITABLE SPIRITRobert Macfarlane 2003 New Hardcover DJ
By: Macfarlane, Robert
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $30.01 (75%)
- Item # BK1906-941
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NEW! COLDER: THE EXTREME ADVENTURES OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST LIVING POLAR EXPLORER Ranulph Fiennes 2016 Large hardcover Fine
By: Fiennes, Ranulph
Price $29.95 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $20.05 (40%)
- Item # PL5509-944
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart