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The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire: Baker, Deborah
Baker, Deborah The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire
2018 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xxiv, 358, yellow cloth; dj & cloth new #27421 $27.95
John Auden was a pioneering geologist of the Himalaya. Michael Spender was the first to draw a detailed map of the North Face of Everest. While their younger brothers - W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender - achieved literary fame, they vied to be included on an expedition that would deliver Everest’s su[read more]

The North Pole and Bradley Land: Balch, Edwin Swift
Balch, Edwin Swift The North Pole and Bradley Land
1913 Campion Philadelphia 1st, 8vo, pp.91, (3), map, red cloth; xlib based on small indication of former label on spine & former label mark on fep, cloth tight, near fine #27257 $185.00
In 1908 Dr. Frederick Cook claimed to have discovered Bradley Land, just a few degrees further north than Robert Peary’s claimed Crocker Land. (Peary named his sighting after the San Francisco banker George Crocker, who was one of his financial backers, and Cook named his sighting after John Bradley[read more]

Come North With Me: An Autobiography: Balchen, Bernt
Balchen, Bernt Come North With Me: An Autobiography
1958 Dutton NY 1st, 8vo, pp.318, photo frontis, 38 bw photos, 3 maps, blue cloth; xlib, dj w/ # on spine, vg, cloth w/ lib stamps, tape marks, vg #16740 $2.00
Balchen had a wide ranging flying career serving with Amundsen in the Arctic and with Byrd in the Arctic, across the Atlantic, and the Antarctic. AB 56699.[read more]

Balf, Todd The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la
2000 Crown NY 1st, 8vo, pp.293, 1 bw photo, map eps, blue cloth; dj fine, cloth fine #25237 $9.00 $7.20
A breath-taking account of the 1998 American whitewater expedition which attempted to run Tibet’s Yrlung Tsangpo river, the ‘Everest of rivers’. Balf reconstructs the fast-flowing events of this ill-fated expedition. This book is from the Phil Hanson Collection. Phil's love of rock and ice clim[read more]

signedBallu, Yves Les Alpinists
1984 Arthaud Paris 1st, 8vo, pp.463, appendices, wraps; inscribed to Ad Carter, with Ad’s bookplate, fine. #23650 $45.00
A comprehensive look at the exploration of the Alps and those involved, including Whymper, Mummery, Preuss, Comici, Allain, Cassin, Bonatti, and others. The appendices list first ascents, climbers, summits, and a detailed bibliography. In French, no English translation.[read more]

L’Avventura Antartica: Immagini e Storia (Antarctic Adventure: Images and Stories): Balzola, Andrea, et al.
Balzola, Andrea, et al. L’Avventura Antartica: Immagini e Storia (Antarctic Adventure: Images and Stories)
1990 Italy 1st, 8vo, pp.225, 17 color & 150 bw photos, 3 color illus, 2 maps, appendix, wraps; some shelfwear, tight, else new #11331 $39.95 $29.95
A wonderful collection of historic Antarctic photographs from the expeditions of Amundsen, Borchgrevink, Byrd, Charcot, Fuchs, Mawson, Scott, Shackleton, and Shirase. In Italian, no English translation. To see all of our Sale Items, click here.[read more]

Everest: 50 Years on Top of the World – The Official History: Band, George
signedBand, George Everest: 50 Years on Top of the World – The Official History
2003 UK 1st, 4to, pp.256, map frontis, 143 color & 149 bw photos, 5 maps, chart, photo eps, appendices, pictorial cloth; signed Ed Webster, dj & cloth new #22902 $59.00
A sumptuous book, weighs over three pounds, by the youngest member of the 1953 Everest team. A complete history of Everest from the first reconnaissance expedition in 1921 through the first ascent. Also includes major achievements to the present time. There are even some previously unpublished ph[read more]

Band, George Road to Rakaposhi
1955 Travel Book Club London rep, 8vo, pp.192, 47 bw photos, 3 maps, map eps, blue cloth; dj vg, cloth w/ name, vg+. #22994 $20.00
Account of the 1954 Cambridge University Mountaineering Club’s attempt on this 25,550’ Karakoram peak. Although unsuccessful, they helped pave the way for the 1958 first ascent. Band was a member of the 1953 Everest expedition and made the 1955 ascent of Kangchenjunga. Neate B33.[read more]

American Alpine Club LibraryBanks, Mike Commando Climber
1955 Dent London 1st, 8vo, pp.xiii, 240, color frontis, 18 bw photos, green cloth; dj worn, fold marks, taped, good, cloth w/ King blindstamp, vg #24765 $25.00 $22.50
Autobiography, Banks' climbing took him from Cornwall to Malta and Cyprus, from Scotland to the Alps, and on to Arctic Greenland. He led the 1956 attempt and 1958 attempt on Rakaposhi. Neate B34. King, Benjamin E (Tom) (1929 – 1985) – AAC member who wrote ‘In the Shadow of Giants: Mountain Asce[read more]

Rakaposhi: Banks, Mike
signedBanks, Mike Rakaposhi
1960 Barnes NY 1st, 8vo, pp.238, photo frontis, 36 bw photos, blue cloth; signed, dj w/ clean 1.5” tear to front, rubbed, vg, cloth near fine #9485 $105.00 $75.00
Account of 1956 attempt and 1958 first ascent of Rakaposhi (25,550') with Tom Patey. Neate B38. To see all of our Sale Items, click here.[read more]

American Alpine Club LibraryBanks, Mike Rakaposhi
1960 Barnes NY 1st, 8vo, pp.238, photo frontis, 36 bw photos, blue cloth; dj rubbed, chip top spine/front, good, cloth w/ Espie bookplate, near fine #24767 $19.00 $17.10
Account of 1956 attempt and 1958 first ascent of Rakaposhi (25,550') with Tom Patey. Neate B38. This book is from the collection of the American Alpine Club Library. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to benefit the Library. To see all current offerings from the AAC Library,
American Alpine Club LibraryBanks, Mike Rakaposhi
1960 Barnes NY 1st, 8vo, pp.238, photo frontis, 36 bw photos, blue cloth; dj w/ large chip front, good, cloth w/ King blindstamp, fine #24766 $25.00 $22.50
Account of 1956 attempt and 1958 first ascent of Rakaposhi (25,550') with Tom Patey. Neate B38. King, Benjamin E (Tom) (1929 – 1985) – AAC member who wrote ‘In the Shadow of Giants: Mountain Ascents, Past and Present’ (1981), relating his climbs on Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Jungfrau, Monch, Eiger,[read more]

Snow Commando: Banks, Mike
Banks, Mike Snow Commando
1961 Burke London 1st, 8vo, pp.192, 14 bw photos, 16 illus, map, green cloth; dj w/ chip to part of spine & back cover, vg, cloth near fine #23440 $49.00
Banks' autobiography described his early climbing which took him from Cornwall to Malta and Cyprus, from Scotland to the Alps, and on to Greenland as a member of the 1955 British North Greenland Expedition. He was a member of the 1956 attempt on Rakapopshi and two years later led the British Combin[read more]

The Last Blue Mountain: Barker, Ralph
Barker, Ralph The Last Blue Mountain
1960 Doubleday NY 1st, 8vo, pp.210, 13 bw photos, 3 maps, black cloth; dj unclipped, fine, cloth fine #22995 $65.00
Account of the tragic 1957 Haramosh (24,270') expedition to the Karakoram, prepared from expedition diaries and discussions with survivors. Nice copies are becoming hard to find. Neate B42, Yak B48.[read more]

The Last Blue Mountain: Barker, Ralph
Barker, Ralph The Last Blue Mountain
1959 Chatto & Windus London 1st, 8vo, pp.212, photo frontis, 28 bw photos, 3 maps/diagrams, blue cloth; dj w/ faint label marks on spine, small chip back, tape marks on inside, unclipped, vg, cloth w/ trace dampstain bottom edge, vg #22469 $45.00
Account of the tragic 1957 Haramosh (24,270') expedition to the Karakoram, prepared from expedition diaries and discussions with survivors. Nice copies are becoming hard to find. Neate B42, Yak B48.[read more]

The Last Blue Mountain: Barker, Ralph
New signedBarker, Ralph The Last Blue Mountain
2020 UK Ltd Signed ed n/200, 8vo, pp.xvii, 214, 16 bw photos, 2 drawings, map, appendix, black cloth; signed on limitation page, dj & cloth new #27663 $47.95
Barker’s book, first published in 1959, has been long overdue for a new printing to bring this tragic story to a wider audience. This is the account of the tragic 1957 Haramosh (24,270') expedition to the Karakoram, prepared from expedition diaries and discussions with survivors. This new printing i[read more]

Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage: Barnett, James K. & David L. Nicandri, eds.
Barnett, James K. & David L. Nicandri, eds. Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage
2015 US 1st, oblong 8vo, pp.xvii, 430, color frontis, 41 color & 5 bw photos, 51 color & 54 bw illus, 22 color & 22 bw maps, grey cloth; dj & cloth new #26899 $54.95
Captain James Cook is justly famous for his explorations of the southern Pacific Ocean, but his contributions to the exploration of the north Pacific and the Arctic are, arguably, equally significant. On his third and final great voyage, Cook surveyed the northwest coast of North American in the hop[read more]

Norway & Russia: The Polar Connection: Barr, Susan & Geir Kløver
Barr, Susan & Geir Kløver Norway & Russia: The Polar Connection
2016 Norway 1st, 4to, pp.117, 45 color & 200 bw photos, 1 color & 3 bw illus, graph, 24 color & 7 bw maps, wraps; new #27548 $24.95
This publication was created to accompany an exhibition at the Fram Museum which was hosted by The Russian Geographical Society. It features many unique historical photos and maps, and is testimony of the close cooperation between Russia and Norway in the polar regions. It also tells lesser known st[read more]

Tragedies and Triumph in the North: Russian Exploration of the Arctic 1910-1915: Barr, William
Barr, William Tragedies and Triumph in the North: Russian Exploration of the Arctic 1910-1915
2019 Norway 1st, square 8vo, pp.180, 25 color & 185 bw photos, 12 maps (4 color), wraps; new #27597 $29.95
Russian attempts to reach the North Pole of navigate the Northeast Passage were just as daring and dramatic as the expeditions that took place at the same time, on the other side of the North Pole. Many ships and many men did not return to tell their tales. The fate of some expeditions is unknown ev[read more]

A Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions (1818): Undertaken Chiefly for the Purpose of Discovering a North-East, North-West or Polar Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific: Barrow, John
Barrow, John A Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions (1818): Undertaken Chiefly for the Purpose of Discovering a North-East, North-West or Polar Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific
1971 Barnes & Noble NY 1st thus, 8vo, pp.x, 379, 48, 3 illus, fldg map, appendices, blue cloth; dj fine, cloth fine #26114 $24.95
Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) was a fellow of the Royal Society and served as Second Secretary of the Admiralty for forty years. In his position at the Admiralty, he was a great promoter of Arctic voyages of discovery, including those of John Ross, William Edward Parry, James Clark Ross, and John Fra[read more]

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