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New Alpinist Magazine Alpinist #53 Spring 2016
2016 Alpinist Jeffersonville, VT 4to, pp.106, color photos, wraps ; new, unread #27087 $14.95
In this issue:
  • A History of Imaginary Mountains by Katie Ives, John Hessler, Frances Garrett, Meera Baindur, Jerry Auld, Anders Ax, Harish Kapadia, Hubert Odier, Sylvain Jouty & Jeremy Collins
  • Light Before Wisdom: The East Face of Cerro Kishtwar by Hayden Kennedy
  • Not [read more]

New signed Bonatti, Walter A Mes Montagnes [My Mountains]
1963 Arthaud Paris 2nd, 8vo, pp.315, 41 bw photos, 3 sketches (2 on separate sheet), 2 maps, appendices, wraps ; signed, lightly rubbed, vg #12981 $295.00
This is the French edition of Bonatti’s book ‘On the Heights’ and his first book. He covers many of his climbs, including Grandes Jorasses, Grand Capucin, K2, the Dru, Mont Blanc, Patagonia, Gasherbrum IV, and more. Scarce. In French. [read more]

New Bown, Stephen R. White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen’s Fearless Journey Into the Heart of the Arctic
2015 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xxv, 341, illus frontis, 28 bw photos, illus, 5 maps, white cloth ; dj & cloth new #27093 $27.99
The first full-scale biography of the visionary explorer and ethnographer who opened up the culture, the language, and the life of the Arctic. Knud Rasmussen stands among those famous for revealing hitherto impenetrable worlds - T. E. Lawrence and Wilfred Thesiger in the Middle East, and Richard Bur [read more]

New signed Buckingham, Ed 7 Summits: 1 Cornishman Climbing the Highest Mountains on Each Continent
2016 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.183, 21 color & 1 bw photos, wraps w/ French flaps ; signed, new #27073 $29.95
Most of us can watch an old episode of the holiday programme ‘Wish You Were’ Here without it having the life-changing effect that it had on postman Ed Buckingham. For Ed, a young man from humble origins in Cornwall, the draw of Kilimanjaro and the high mountains of the world would change his life fo [read more]

New signed Campiotti, Fulvio K2
1955 ELI Milano 2nd, thick 8vo, pp.777, 69 bw photos, 3 maps, blue cloth ; signed Ugo Angelini & Achille Campagnoni, dj is facsimile, cloth spine rubbed, corners rubbed, paper toned, tight, near fine #23355 $425.00
A massive history of K2 beginning with the Duke of Abruzzi’s expedition through the Italian ascent in 1954. The photo portraits of the 1954 team have facsimile signatures. Quite scarce. In Italian, no English translation. [read more]

New Clark, Ronald W. The Splendid Hills: The Life and Photographs of Vittorio Sella 1859-1913
1948 Phoenix House London 1st, 4to, pp.x, 118, photo frontis, 83 bw photos, blue cloth ; dj taped inside length of spine, lg chip back & spine, unclipped, poor, cloth w/ light fading top/bottom spine, tight, else fine #24812 $175.00
An important biographical sketch of Vittorio Sella, regarded as one of the greatest mountain photographers, with numerous examples of his work from the Alps, Caucasus, Mount St. Elias, Ruwenzori, Himalaya, and Karakoram. This is one of the scarcer items related to Sella. Neate C65. [read more]

New Craig, Robert W. Storm and Sorrow in the High Pamirs
1977 Mountaineers Seattle 1st, 8vo, pp.xi, 171, 57 color photos, 10 maps/sketches, wraps ; very good #15911 $25.00
The 1974 international climbing meet in the Pamirs where a number of climbers died. This paperback edition contains many more photos than the hardcover which was published later in 1980. Neate C139, Yak C153. [read more]

New signed Desio, Ardito La Conquête du K2 [The Conquest of K2]
1957 Arthaud Paris 8vo, pp.251, 6 bw photos, 3 maps, wraps w/ dj ; signed Achille Compagnoni & Lino Lacedelli, dj spine faded, vg, wraps unopened, fine #27084 $395.00
The official French account of the 1954 Italian first ascent of K2 led by Desio. Compagnoni and Lacedelli were the two summitters. This unique copy is unopened and unread. [read more]

New Donati, Elio I Conquistatori del K2
1954 Societá Editrice Torino 1st, 8vo, pp.230, 61 bw photos, map, pictorial cloth ; issued w/o dj, cloth near fine #23821 $145.00
A contemporary account of the Italian first ascent of K2 in 1954. Includes a chapter by Lacedelli on the final summit push. Uncommon. In Italian, no English translations. [read more]

New signed Dyhrenfurth, Günter Oskar Il Terzo Polo: Gli “8000” della Terra [The Third Pole: The 8000ers of Earth]
1954 Baldini & Castoldi Milano 1st, 8vo, pp.314, 47 bw photos, 4 figs, charts, 8 maps, blue cloth ; signed Reinhold Messner, dj w/ lg chip front, edge tears, tape, good (w/ facs of more complete dj), cloth tight, fine #27085 $95.00
This is the first Italian edition of Dyhrenfurth’s classic work on the 14 8000m peaks, published one year prior to the US edition. Also includes a large bibliography. In Italian. [read more]

New Fenner, Michael Crossing Denali: An Ordinary Man’s Adventure Atop North America
2016 US 1st, 8vo, pp.255, photo frontis, map, wraps ; new #27090 $18.95
Since slowly transforming himself from an overweight and overworked chain-smoker into a two-time marathon runner, Fenner had climbed one glaciated peak — Mount Rainier in Washington State. Nonetheless, he embarks on a journey to the wilds of Alaska and the unknowns of North America’s highest and mos [read more]

New signed Isserman, Maurice Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering
2016 US 1st, 8vo, pp.436, 42 bw photos, red/yellow cloth ; signed, dj & cloth new #27094 $28.95
This magesterial and thrilling history argues that the story of American mountaineering is the story of America itself. Isserman follows his award winning ‘Fallen Giants’ with this history of American mountaineering through four centuries of landmark climbs and first ascents. Mountains were original [read more]

New Kick, Peter W. Desperate Steps: Life, Death, and Choices Made in the Mountains of the Northeast
2015 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xvi, 269, 21 bw photos, 20 maps, appendices, wraps ; new #27091 $18.95
A warm day on the trail turns unseasonably cold, an avalanche barrels downhill, a foot slips on icy terrain, a trail gives way unexpectedly. In an instant, lives are lost or forever changed. In the backcountry, a single piece of gear could mean the difference between a comfortable night under the st [read more]

New Maestri, Fernanda & Cesare Duemila Metri della Nostra Vita [Two Thousand Meters of Our Life]
1972 Garzanti Milano 1st, 8vo, pp.173, 41 color photos, ep drawing, black cloth ; dj is a facsimile, cloth fine #24423 $149.00
This is Maestri’s account of his controversial drilled ascent of Cerro Torre in 1970. The style of this climb, following on the heels of his disputed and tragic claimed first ascent in 1959, only further antagonized the climbing community. Scarce. In Italian, no English translation. [read more]

New Piotrowska, Danuta, ed. K2 1986: In Memoriam Tadeusz Piotrowski
2015 Poland 1st, square 8vo, pp.144, photo frontis, 102 bw photos, sketch, map, photo eps, pictorial cloth ; issued w/o dj, cloth new #27074 $44.95
Tadeusz Piotrowski (1939-1986) was one of the great Polish mountaineers specializing in winter ascents. These included Trollryggen (Norway, 1972, 1974, 1977), Noshaq (Afghanistan, 1973), Tirich Mir (Afghanistan, 1978), Rakaposhi (Pakistan, 1979), Distaghil Sar (Pakistan, 1980), and Api (Nepal, 1983) [read more]

New signed Pollit, Andy Punk in the Gym
2016 UK 1st, ltd signed ed n/200, 8vo, pp.317, 35 color & 25 bw photos, silver-embossed black cloth ; signed on limitation page, dj & cloth new #27082 $47.95
Andy Pollitt, the iconic British climber responsible for the first ascents of routes such as The Hollow Man at Gogarth (the first E8 in Wales) and Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door at Curbar (E9), has written his memoir and a unique take on the climbing scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Andy grew up in Prest [read more]

New signed Staniforth, Alex Icefall
2016 US 8vo, pp.266, 27 bw photos, wraps ; signed, new #27083 $29.95
A suspenseful memoir marked by adventure, hardship, and achievement, Staniforth’s book is the remarkable true story of a teenager’s journey to conquer Everest. Plagued by adversity and epilepsy as a child, he developed a determination and will to succeed that would ultimately lead him from his home [read more]

New signed Sykes, Ian In the Shadow of Ben Nevis
2016 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.xi, 242, 64 color & 2 bw photos, wraps w/ French flaps ; signed, new #27081 $25.95
In 1959, sixteen-year-old Ian ‘Spike’ Sykes left school and, after a short period of work at Leeds University, joined the RAF. Already a keen climber, he signed up on the promise of excitement and adventure and was posted to the remote RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team in the north of Scotland. It wa [read more]

New Tharkay, Ang Sherpa: The Memoir of Ang Tharkay
2016 US 1st, 8vo, pp.205, photo frontis, 4 maps, wraps ; new #27092 $19.95
The first English translation of Ang Tharkay’s scarce book ‘Mémoires d’un Sherpa’. One of the greats of the golden age of Himalayan mountaineering, Ang Tharkay (1908-1981) had an illustrious climbing career in the company of Eric Shipton, Bill Tilman, and Maurice Herzog. His expeditions included Kan [read more]

New signed Tissot, Roger Au Mont Blanc: Aiguilles – Sommets – Vallées et Glaciers – Ascensions et Excursions – Sports d’Hiver
[1924] J. Rey Grenoble 1st thus, 8vo, pp.142, 151 bw photos, fldg map, wraps w/ dj ; signed R. Cassin, dj vg, wraps fine #27086 $145.00
A nice early work on the Mont Blanc region with extensive photos. Cassin has signed at the top of the title page, perhaps his personal copy. In French. [read more]

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