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BRITISH HILLS AND MOUNTAINS Peter Bicknell 1947 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By Bicknell, Peter
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London, 1947, 1st edition. 48 pp, 8 color plates, 23 b/w plates. Hardcover with dust jacket. Near Fine - Fine. The book is edge worn, or rubbed really, mostly on the lower edge. The DJ conceals this quite well. The DJ is mostly bright, with no chips, just some edge wear. Internally there is a previous owners name, else Fine hand written on an enmdpaper. 

Peter Bicknell (16 June 1907 31 May 1995) was a British architect, author, exhibition curator and mountaineer. As a mountaineer, he is remembered for his 1932 traverse of the Cuillin Ridge on Skye in just over 8 hours. His books include British Hills and Mountains (1947) and Picturesque Scenery of the Lake District 17521855 (1990).

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Bicknell followed his father as an amateur mountaineer, with his first experiences coming on family holidays in the Alps from 1924.  In 1927, he was one of a four-man climbing expedition in the French Alps led by his father, during which Raymond Bicknell died in a fall. The Alpine Club account of the accident praised Peter Bicknell's skill and bravery. This terrible experience failed to put him off mountaineering, and he continued to participate in climbing expeditions in the Alps until 1955, often with his younger brother Claud. As a mountaineer, he is best known for his 1932 complete traverse of the Cuillin Ridge on Skye in under 12 hours (gaining the main ridge record of 8 hours 1 minute, beating the time of the first single-day traverse by Leslie Shadbolt and Alastair C. McLaren in 1911; he was accompanied for part of the climb by the physiologist, Alan Hodgkin.

Bicknell contributed the book British Hills and Mountains (1947) to Collins' Britain in Pictures series, with his own illustrations in pen-and-ink and watercolours. He served as president of the Climbers' Club in 195154.

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