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Lot 1: [ Books / Sporting Memorabilia - Mountaineering ]
A Private Collection of Mountaineering Books
April 11, 2013
Near Cirencester, United Kingdom
Description: Cunningham (C.D. & Abney, Captain W. de W.). A Facsimile of Christian Almer's Fuhrerbuch 1856-1894, Reproduced under the Superintendence of C.D. Cunningham and Capt. W. De W. Abney, C.B., D.C.L., F.R.S. (Late) R.E., Sampson Low, 1896, photogravure portrait frontispiece, two b & w illusts, a.e.g., armorial bookplate, orig. cloth gilt, slightly rubbed to extrems, 8vo. Exlibris Frederick Gardiner with his bookplate. Neate C157. Number 60 of 200 copies. Christian Almer (1826-1898) was a Swiss mountain guide and famously made the first ascent of many Alpine peaks, including the Eiger. Here is reproduced his official guide certificate along with the many handwritten recommendations he received from the climbers who he accompanied. This publication caused a furore in Alpine circles and after only 68 copies were sold, the plates were destroyed. (1)