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THE BOLIVIAN ANDES: A RECORD OF CLIMBING AND EXPLORATION IN THE CORDILLERA REAL IN THE YEARS 1898 AND 1900 Martin Conway 1901 1st UK ed Hardcover Fine Leather Bound
By Conway William Martin
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London, Harpers, 1901, 1st UK edition. 403 pp, 55 b/w plates. This copy has been rebound in half morocco leather, with gold spine letters and decorations. The boards are a matching maroon linen. The spine also sports raised bands. The endpapers are a matching marbled paper, and the top edge is Gilt. A previous owner named Francis Meade Eastmont affixed a bookplate, and a previous owner has signed his name and date 1915 on the first blank endpaper. There are no flaws in the book, the paper has no foxing or yellowing, there is no external damage, the hinges and binding are tight, the book is in Fine condition overall. 

To find a 105 year old book in this nice a condition means that previous owners had taken loving car of it for their entire adult lives. We have owned this book for over twenty-five years and know the feeling of satisfaction that comes with owning such a aesthetic book for most of my adult life.

An Andean classic. The first expedition in the Bolivian Andes; Conway made the 1st ascent of Illimani, 6402 meters. Sir Martin Conway was one of the pioneers of British mountaineering. In the Andes, he climbed the peaks Illimani, Sorata and Aconcagua over 22,000 ft. Conway also includes a section on the Isthmus of Panama as the Panama Canal was under construction when this book was published. 

Sir William Martin Conway became an early member of the Alpine Club, of which he was president from 1902 to 1904. In 1892 he beat the then current high altitude climbing record by ascending to a height of 23,000 ft, 7,010 meters in the Himalayas in the course of an exploring and mountaineering expedition undertaken under the auspices of the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the British Association.

In 1896-1897 he explored the interior of Spitsbergen, and the following year he explored and surveyed the Bolivian Andes, climbing Sorata 21,500'/6,553m and Illimani 21,200'/6,461m. He nearly climbed Aconcagua and explored Tierra del Fuego, attempting Sarmiento. At the Paris exhibition of 1900 he received the gold medal for mountain surveys, and the founders medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1905.

He is the author of half a dozen mountaineering books and many others on art history, etc.

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