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Auction Description for Dominic Winter: A Private Collection of Mountaineering Books
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9th & 10th April 9am to 7pm. Day of sale from 9am.
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Please note: This was previously advertised as a 2 day sale. It is now a single day sale.
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A Private Collection of Mountaineering Books

by Dominic Winter Auctions


444 lots | 186 with images

April 11, 2013

Mallard House

Broadway Lane, South Cerney

Near Cirencester, GL7 5UQ United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1285 860006

Fax: +44 (0)1285 862461

Email: info@dominicwinter.co.uk

[ Books / Sporting Memorabilia - Mountaineering ]

Lot 1: [ Books / Sporting Memorabilia - Mountaineering ]

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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)

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Description: Ball (John, ed.). Peaks, Passes, and Glaciers. A Series of Excursions by Members of the Alpine Club, 1st-3rd series (complete), 1859-1932, chromo. & b & w plates, folding maps, first series front hinge tender, second series vol. 2 half title partly excised, a few spots, original cloth, a little rubbed, third series d.j. with tears and losses, together with 2nd & 3rd eds. of the first series and an extract from Chamber's Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Arts, vol. XII, 1860, containing an article concerning the foundation of the Alpine Club and a review of the first volume of 'Peaks & Passes'. Neate A32. "One of the most famous titles in mountaineering literature, this series of pieces by members of the Alpine Club led directly to the commencement of the Alpine Journal in 1863." (7)

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Description: Beattie (William). Switzerland Illustrated in a Series of Views Taken Expressly for thie Work by W.H. Bartlett, 2 vols., 1836, additional vign. title to each, 104 (of 106) steel-engs. (lacks eng. of Tell's Chapel, Lake Uri at p. 151 in vol. 1 and eng. of The Pass of the Ghemmi, with Monte Rosa and the Cervin, at p. 128 in vol. 2), folding eng. map at rear of vol. 2, some scattered spotting, contemp. half morocco, gilt-dec. spine with contrasting labels, rubbed, 4to, together with bRoscoe (Thomas), The Tourist in Switzerland and Italy, 1830, twenty-five steel-eng. views after drawings by Samuel Prout, correct as list, a.e.g., orig. olive green morocco gilt, rubbed, chipped at foot of spine, 8vo. (3)

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Description: Bellows (William). Zermatt and The Matterhorn, Privately Printed for the Entertainment of Friends, 1925, author's presentation copy, inscribed on flyleaf 'With kindest remembrances from 'W.B.' Gloucester 3.10.25', 19 p., four b & w illusts. from photos, some scattered spotting, orig. stiff wrappers retained in recent green cloth, together with Coolidge (W.A.B.), Walks and Excursions in the Valley of Grindelwald, 2nd ed., pub. Grindelwald, 1935, 64 p., b & w illusts. to text, folding map and single ad leaf at rear, orig. printed wrappers retained in recent green cloth, both slim 8vo, plus Wood (Edith Elmer), An Oberland Chalet, 1st ed., [1911], twelve b & w illusts. from photos, some minor scattered spotting, orig. blind-stamped cloth gilt in bright condition, 8vo, and Lyall (Alan), The First Descent of the Matterhorn. A Bibliographical Guide to the 1865 Accident & its Aftermath, 1st ed., 1997, half-tone plts. and illusts. to text, orig. cloth in d.j., royal 8vo, and others related (17)

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Description: Bonatti (Walter). On the Heights, Translated from the Italian by Lovett F. Edwards, 1st ed., 1964, photographic illustrations, original cloth, d.j., a trifle rubbed, 8vo, together with Conquistadors of the Useless, by Lionel Terray, Translated by Geoffrey Sutton, 1st ed., 1963, b & w illustrations, original cloth, d.j., plus Hermann Buhl's Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage, Translated by Hugh Merrick, 1956. Neate B126, T19 & B210. Bonatti was a leading Italian climber whose solo ascent of the South-West Pillar of the Dru in 1955 was one of the most remarkable feats of Alpine mountaineering. His climbs include Himalaya and Patagonia. He was one of the three survivors of the disasters on the Central Pillar of Fr?ney in 1961. (3)

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