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THE DAY THE ROPE BROKE: THE STORY OF A GREAT VICTORIAN TRAGEDY Ronald W. Clark 1965 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Clark, Ronald W.
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London, 1965, 1st edition. 221 pp, 6 b/w illustrations. Blue cloth hardcover with a chipped dust jacket. Book is fine. Overall Near Fine. 

A discussion of the disaster that occurred during the Matterhorn 1st ascent. The first ascent of the Matterhorn was made by Edward Whymper, Lord Francis Douglas, Charles Hudson, Douglas Hadow, Michel Croz, and two Zermatt guides, Peter Taugwalder and his son of the same name, on 14 July 1865.

Douglas, Hudson, Hadow and Croz were killed on the descent when Hadow slipped and pulled the other three with him down the north face. Whymper and the Taugwalder guides, who survived, were later accused of having cut the rope below to ensure that they were not dragged down with the others, but the subsequent inquiry found no evidence of this and they were acquitted.


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