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SKI RUNS IN THE HIGH ALPS Francois Frederic Roget 1913 1st UK ed Very Fine
By Roget, Francois Frederic
Price: $350.00


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London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1913, 1st edition. 312 pages. 25 illustrations & 6 maps. A very handsome volume, bound in a gray-brown fine linen, with gold letters on the spine and cover, with an image of an old-time skier in the front gold embossed image.  The book is in wonderful condition. There is no writing, stains, foxing or any flaws apparent. The cover is completely free from wear, fading, soiling, stains or any other ills. The book is in near perfect condition. 

There is a very nice bookplate from a Violet Dodgson. Searching the internet there was a Violet Dodgson who was a niece of Charles Dodgson, and had control of parts of his diaries after his death. Charles Dodgson may be more familiar to you by nom de plume, Lewis Carroll. If you wish to fly down that rabbit hole, good luck. The dates work. 

The book seems to be scarce. We have not ever listed a copy on our website which we started in 2004. 

Originally published in 1913, this is one of the earliest and principal ski-mountaineering books in English, by a Swiss academic who was outstanding among the pioneers. The author outlines a series of possible Alpine ski-routes, each accompanied by a map, for example 'the Bernese Oberland from end to end' and 'across the Pennine Alps on ski by the 'high level' route'.

'Little more than ten years have elapsed since men with a knowledge of summer mountaineering began to explore the Alps in winter. Not only are the successes, which have almost invariably attended the winter exploration of the Swiss ice-fields, full of instruction for the novice, but also the accidents and misfortunes which sad to say, ended in loss of life or limb, have conveyed useful lessons.' 

Neate says, ''The principal book in English by a Swiss Academic who was outstanding among the pioneers of Ski-mountaineering.'' 



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