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THE ALPS IN 1864: A PRIVATE JOURNAL. A.W. Moore 1902 Hardcover Near Fine
By Moore, A.W.
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Edinburgh, 1902, 2nd edition. 444 pp, 22 b/w plates. TEG. Royal 8vo. Green cloth hardcover with faded spine and stained front cover. Some foxing on end papers and former owner's inscription inside, else interior is fine. Near Fine.

Along with Scrambles and Playground, one of the major classics of early Alpine climbing. Moore climbed with Whymper and Walker in 1864, and later did the 1st ascent of the Brenva ridge on Mont Blanc. The 1st edition was privately published with only 100 copies.

This is the first "public" edition, with additional material plus nice photo plates.  

Divided into the following sections :
  • The Aiguilles d'Arves
  • The Aiguille de la Saussaz
  • The Brèche de la Meije
  • Les Ecrins
  • The col de la Pilatte
  • Across country
  • Mont Blanc
  • The col du Chardonnet
  • The Moiry glacier
  • The col d'Hérens
  • The Rimpfischhorn
  • The Dom
  • The Biesjoch
  • The moming pass
  • The Aletschhorn
  • The Wetterlucke
  • The Eiger
  • The Wetterhorn
  • Mont Blanc from the Brenva glacier
  • The Winterjoch
  • The Tiefenmattenjoch
  • The grandes Jorasses
  • Mont Blanc from the Miage glacier
  • The Monch
Wikipedia: Adolphus Warburton Moore
Moore made a first ascent during his first visit to the Alps in 1862 and immediately became a central figure in the golden age of alpinism. Moore's first ascents include:

23 July 1862: Fiescherhorn (Bernese Alps) with H. B. George and the guides Christian Almer and Ulrich Kaufmann
25 June 1864: Barre des Écrins (Dauphiné Alps) with Edward Whymper and Horace Walker, and the guides Michel Croz, Christian Almer the elder, and Christian Almer the younger.
28 June 1865: Piz Roseg (Bernina Alps) with Horace Walker and the guide Jakob Anderegg
6 July 1865: Ober Gabelhorn (Pennine Alps) with Horace Walker and Jakob Anderegg
9 July 1865: Pigne d'Arolla (Pennine Alps) with Horace Walker and Jakob Anderegg
15 July 1865: Brenva Spur on Mont Blanc with George Spencer Mathews, Frank Walker and Horace Walker, and the guides Jakob Anderegg and Melchior Anderegg.
This last route, the Brenva Spur, was the first to be climbed on the remote southern side of Mont Blanc and exceeded in difficulty anything that had thus far been attempted onthe mountain. Moore's description of the Brenva ascent is, according to Claire Engel, 'amongst the finest Alpine tales in existence'.

Moore went to the Caucasus with Douglas Freshfield and Charles Comyns Tucker in 1868, making the first ascent by a non-native of Mount Elbrus (the lower of the two summits), the highest mountain in the Caucasus,and the first ascent of Kazbek with the same party.

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