On the Admiration of Mountains, the Prefatory Letter Adddressed to Jacob Avienus, Physician, with A Description of the Riven Mountain, Commonly Called Mount Pilatus With: On Conrad Gesner and The Mountaineering of Theuerdank, by J. Monroe Thorington: Gesner, Conrad
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On the Admiration of Mountains, the Prefatory Letter Adddressed to Jacob Avienus, Physician, with A Description of the Riven Mountain, Commonly Called Mount Pilatus With: On Conrad Gesner and The Mountaineering of Theuerdank, by J. Monroe Thorington

Author(s): Gesner, Conrad

Copyright: 1937, Grabhorn Press, San Francisco
Specifications: Ltd ed 325, 4to, pp.55, 8 woodcuts, uncut, quarter tan cloth w/ patterned boards
Condition: xlib, plain dj lightly rubbed, vg, cloth w/ bookplate on fep, lib stamps on dedication page, else fine

Gesner (1516-1565) was a Swiss physician, naturalist, bibliographer, philologist, and is regarded as the greatest of all figures in the medieval period of mountaineering being accorded the distinction of the being the first man to climb for sheer pleasure. Although primarily for puposes of botanical collection, he extolled mountain climbing for the sake of exercise and enjoyment of the beauties of nature. ‘On the Admiration of Mountains’ is composed of a letter Gesner wrote to his friend Jacob Avienus, where he wrote, “… he is an enemy of nature, whosoever has not deemed lofty mountains to be most worthy of great contemplation.”, followed by a description of Mount Pilatus, and an essay on Gesner by J. Monroe Thorington.

This limited edition was hand-set in Italian Old Style type and printed on Van Gelder paper.

Cox (Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering and Mountain Travel) #1, Grabhorn Press Bibliography # 273 , Neate G16.





















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