Wanderungen in den Dolomiten [Hiking in the Dolomites]: Grohmann, Paul
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Wanderungen in den Dolomiten [Hiking in the Dolomites]

Author(s): Grohmann, Paul

Copyright: 1877, Carl Gerold’s Sohn, Wien
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.328, 413-416, frontis, 3 woodcuts, marbled eps, ¾ black leather & marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine w/ raised bands
Condition: signed M(aurice) Holzmann, boards w/ light edge wear, tight, very good

A Scarce Work on the Dolomites with a Wonderful Association

Grohman (1838-1908) was an Austrian mountaineer and writer who pioneered exploring technically challenging mountains. He is thought to have made more first ascents in the Eastern Alps than anyone else, including the four highest summits in the Dolomites. He was one of the four founding members of the Austrian Alpine Club, the second mountaineering club after the Alpine Club of Britain. His book did much to promote travel in the Dolomites. Bound in the back of this copy is a four-page review, in English, by M. Holzmann. Sir Holzmann (1835-1909) was Librarian for the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII), a Vice President of the Alpine Club, member of the Climbers Club, and made a number of ascents in the Alps himself. The review is the same text as that in the Alpine Journal although different pagination. This is from the Ladd Collection although it does not bear William or John Ladd’s names. Quite scarce. In German, no English translation.

Not listed in Alpine Club Library Catalogue (1982), American Alpine Club Library database, nor in Catalogue of the Graham Brown and Lloyd Collections in the National Library of Scotland (1994), Perret 2063.

Ladd, William S., MD. (1887 – 1949) – AAC Councilor (1923-25), Vice-President (1926-28), President (1929-31), Honorary Member (1949) and member of the Alpine Club of Canada, the Alpine Club, and Club Alpin Francais (honorary). He started climbing at an early age with ascents of Mt. Hood (1904, 1905, 1911) and in the Canadian Rockies (1905). He made the first ascent of Mt. Saskatchewan, Canada, (1923, with Conrad Kain), attempted Mt. Fairweather (1926) and was a member of the first ascent team in 1931, and climbed in the Alps (1928). Ladd oversaw the participation and the founding of the Union International des Associations d’Alpinism (UIAA) and gave the gift of the AAC’s first clubhouse, an old fire station located on the upper East side of Manhattan. During his term the first American Alpine Journal was published (1929).

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