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PEAKS, PASSES, AND GLACIERS: BEING EXCURSIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE ALPINE CLUB, SECOND SERIES TWO VOLUMES 1862 1st edition Kennedy and Ball Hardcover Very Good
By Alpine Club, Edward Shirley Kennedy and John Ball
Price: $275.00


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London, Longman, Green and Roberts, 1862. Two volumes.  Volume 1: 445 pages, with b/w illustrations (one facsimile) and eight colored foldout maps; Volume 2: 541 pp, 34 b/w illustrations, 6 colored foldout maps. Original brick colored cloth stamped in gilt with minor fraying at extremities. Rubbing and shelf wear on both volumes, soiling on covers and a little bumping to edges and corners. Hinges are weak but still intact. Condition is always an issue with the first and second series of Peaks, Passes and Glaciers. The cloth binding has not worn well over the last 158 years, and the hinges often get weak. Both volumes are in Very Good condition. Rarely found in Fine condition, we saw a truly Fine Set on another bookseller's website for $2000. 

Neate calls it "the cornerstone of any mountaineering collection. One of the most famous titles of Mountaineering literature." "These publications [are] essential to any study of Victorian mountaineers... These early publications and the [Alpine] Journal provide a continuity of mountaineering narrative from the very beginnings of the Alpine Club." - Cox

A well-illustrated series of records and anecdotes of members of the Alpine Club which led to the 1863 commencement of the Alpine Journal. John Ball, President of the Alpine Club between 1858-60, first suggested to William Longman that they publish a volume of mountaineering experiences.

This is the second in the series of collections later to become the Alpine Journal. This series includes: A Tour in Iceland in the Summer of 1861 by E. T. Holland; The Ober-Engadin; The Chamounix District; The High-Level Glacier Route from Chamounix to Zermatt; The Peak Passes, and Glaciers of the Monte Rosa Chain; The Nordic Alps; The Bernese, Valasian, and Runer Oberland; The Pyrenees; The Cottian Alps; Excursions in Dauphine; The Graian Alps; The Glaciers of Norway; Iceland; Phenomena Observed on Peaks, Passes, and Glaciers; Hypsometrical Suggestions; and a Table of the Heights of Peaks and Passes.





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