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MONT BLANC SIDESHOW: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ALBERT SMITH J. Monroe Thorington 1934 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Thorington, J. Monroe
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Philadelphia, 1934, 1st edition. 255 pp, b/w illustrations. Navy cloth Ex Lib hardcover with gilt titles and no dust jacket, though description from jacket fly is tipped in on front pastedown. Book has the usual library marks and card pocket but very little wear. Near Fine.

Biography of the climber and showman. Albert Smith made the 36th ascent of Mont Blanc in 1851, and other than the first ascent is may be said that his climb became the most important. The year after his climb he presented an illustrated live show in London that attracted and inspired all the gentlemen of England to become climbers.

Within 15 years so much alpine climbing ensued that every peak in the Alps was climbed, and the 15 years 1851-1865 was then called the Golden Age of Alpine Mountaineering. A modern comparison could be made to Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, which was written purely as entertainment for the masses, but also inspired and supercharged the modern surge of Himalayan and 'Highpoint or Highest Peak' climbing worldwide.  Hardcover, no dust jacket, Book is  bright and Fine. An exceptional copy.

Wikipedia:
In 1851 Albert Smith ascended Mont Blanc, and the year after produced at the Egyptian Hall a descriptive entertainment, which he called 'Mont Blanc,' describing the ascent of the mountain and the Englishman abroad. Smith's Mont Blanc show ran for 2000 performances over six years and helped to popularize mountain climbing in mid-Victorian Britain. He was one of the founding members of the Alpine Club in 1857.

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