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By Airship to the North Pole: An Archaeology of Human Exploration: Capelotti, P. J.
Capelotti, P. J. By Airship to the North Pole: An Archaeology of Human Exploration
1999 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xix, 209, photo frontis, 31 bw illus, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #17702 $25.00
An original examination of the first two attempts to reach the North Pole by airship chronicling the attempts by Andree in 1897 and Wellman from 1907 to 1909. Thoroughly researched with notes and bibliography.[read more]

Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England's Forgotten Arctic Explorer: Capelotti, P. J.
Capelotti, P. J. Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England's Forgotten Arctic Explorer
2013 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.xxix, 269, 18 bw photos, 20 bw illus, 2 sketches, 11 maps, appendices, wraps; new #26569 $41.95
Benjamin Leigh Smith discovered and named dozens of islands in the Arctic but published no account of his pioneering explorations. He refused public accolades and sent stand-ins to deliver the results of his work to scientific societies. Yet, the Royal Geographic Society's Sir Clements R. Markham re[read more]

The Greatest Show in the Arctic: The American Exploration of Franz Josef Land, 1898-1905: Capelotti, P. J.
Capelotti, P. J. The Greatest Show in the Arctic: The American Exploration of Franz Josef Land, 1898-1905
2016 US 1st, thick 8vo, pp.xxi, 624, map frontis, 30 bw photos, 3 illus, 9 maps, dark blue/light blue cloth; dj & cloth new #27101 $34.95
In Gilded Age America, Arctic explorers were fabulous celebrities — assured of riches and near-immortality so long as they reached the North Pole first. Of the many attempts to meet that goal, three American expeditions, launched from the Russian archipelago of Franz Josef Land, ended in abject fail[read more]

Ordinary Women: An Arctic Adventure: Carter, Sue
Carter, Sue Ordinary Women: An Arctic Adventure
2005 US 1st, 8vo, pp.viii, 202, 19 color photos, blue cloth; dj & cloth new. #24146 $29.95
The chronicle of the first all-women ski expedition from Russia to the North Pole in 2001. Carter, the expedition’s organizer, describes the eight-year process of team selection, physical training, and the logistics of managing food, clothing, and shelter, along with problems with group leadership,[read more]

Arrampicate Libere sulle Dolomiti [Free Climbing in the Dolomites]: Casara, Severino
signedCasara, Severino Arrampicate Libere sulle Dolomiti [Free Climbing in the Dolomites]
1944 Casa Editrice A. Corticelli Milano 1st, thick 8vo, pp.327, photo frontis, 6 color & 168 bw photos, fldg color map, wraps w/ dj; signed Armando Aste & Riccardo Cassin, dust jacket is a facsimile, wraps browned on spine, wear to lower edges of spine, name, very good #27220 $295.00
Casara provides accounts of numerous historic free climbs throughout the Dolomites. This copy is signed by Armando Aste (led first Italian ascent of Eiger’s north face (1962), first ascent of the South Tower of Paine (1963), second ascent of Central Tower of Paine (1963), and numerous first ascents [read more]

50 Years of Alpinism: Cassin, Riccardo
signedCassin, Riccardo 50 Years of Alpinism
1991 Mountaineers Seattle 1st, 8vo, pp.207, 90 bw photos, 6 maps/diagrams, green cloth; signed, dj unclipped, fine, cloth tight, fine #9576 $495.00
Autobiography of one of Italy's finest mountaineers. Cassin is synonymous with some of the most important ascents in mountaineering. He made many first ascents in the 1930's, led the team on which Bonatti made the first ascent of Gasherbrum IV (1957), led the first ascent of McKinley's Cassin Ridge [read more]

50 Years of Alpinism: Cassin, Riccardo
signedCassin, Riccardo 50 Years of Alpinism
1981 Diadem London 1st, 8vo, pp.207, 90 bw photos, 6 maps/diagrams, green cloth; signed, dj clipped, fine, cloth tight, fine #25864 $495.00
Autobiography of one of Italy's finest mountaineers. Cassin is synonymous with some of the most important ascents in mountaineering. He made many first ascents in the 1930's, led the team on which Bonatti made the first ascent of Gasherbrum IV (1957), led the first ascent of McKinley's Cassin Ridge [read more]

Erster am Seil [First on the Rope]: Cassin, Riccardo
Cassin, Riccardo Erster am Seil [First on the Rope]
2003 Germany 1st, 8vo, pp.367, photo frontis, 20 color & 92 bw photos, page-ribbon, blue cloth; dj & cloth new. #23658 $47.95
A richly-illustrated autobiography of one of Italy's, and the world’s, finest mountaineers. Cassin is synonymous with some of the most important ascents in mountaineering. He made many first ascents in the 1930's, led the team on which Bonatti made the first ascent of Gasherbrum IV (1957), led the[read more]

La Sud del McKinley: Cassin, Riccardo
Cassin, Riccardo La Sud del McKinley
2000 Italy 1st thus, 8vo, pp.126, 37 bw photos, map, wraps; new #22187 $29.00
A most important work in the history of McKinley. Cassin’s 1961 ascent of the now-named Cassin Ridge was a major accomplishment on a new route. First published in 1965 this includes an introduction by Brad Washburn and a chronology. In Italian, no English translation.[read more]

Sketching Rambles; or, Nature in the Alps and Apennines: Catlow, Agnes & Maria
Catlow, Agnes & Maria Sketching Rambles; or, Nature in the Alps and Apennines
[1861] James Hogg & Sons London 1st, 8vo, 2 vol, vol I pp.xiii, 374, 2 pgs ads, color frontis w/ tissue guard, 8 tinted & 1 bw lithographs w/ tissue guards, vol II pp.ix, 368, color frontis w/ tissue guard, 9 tinted lithographs w/ tissue guards, gilt & blind-stamped red cloth; cloth rubbed, pulled top of spines, vol II w/ stain mark to lower front corner & hinges starting, good+ set #26521 $295.00 $219.00
The Catlow sisters were natural historians who wrote a number of books. Here they describe their travels in Switzerland and Northern Italy. Included are observations on flora, fauna, geography, topography, and anecdotes of their travels. This is from the Ladd Collection although it does not bear [read more]

Towards the South Pole Aboard the “Francais”: The First French Expedition to the Antarctic 1903-1905: Charcot, Jean-Baptiste
Charcot, Jean-Baptiste Towards the South Pole Aboard the “Francais”: The First French Expedition to the Antarctic 1903-1905
2004 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.liv, 247, photo frontis, 273 bw photos, plan, drawing, 6 maps, appendix, illus blue-green cloth; issued w/o dj, cloth new #23555 $89.00
The first English translation of Charcot’s first expedition narrative - “Le "Francais" au Pole Sud: Journal de l'Expedition Antarctique Francaise, 1903-05”. Charcot originally intended to head north, but upon hearing there was no word from Nordenskjöld and his ship ‘Antarctic’ Charcot turned his at[read more]

The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913: Cherry-Garrard, Apsley
Cherry-Garrard, Apsley The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
1922 Constable London 1st, 2 vol, 8vo, vol I pp.lxiv, 300, 4, frontis, 2 bw fldg pans, 3 color illus, 19 bw photos, 15 illus (1 fldg), 4 maps (3 fldg), appendix, vol II pp.viii, 301-585, frontis, 8 bw fldg pans, 1 color illus, 14 bw photos, 8 illus, 1 fldg map, uncut,; paper spine labels on tan linen spines over blue-gray papered boards; boards of vol I w/ light wear, vol II corners rubbed, small stain bottom both spines, tight, very good #26724 $3,750.00 $2,950.00
The Finest Polar Book Ever Written Long regarded as ‘the’ classic work of Antarctic literature, Cherry-Garrard was the youngest member of Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 and the assistant zoologist. In addition to using his own material, he had access to the diaries of Wilson, Bower[read more]

Mixed Emotions: Mountaineering Writings of ....: Child, Greg
signedChild, Greg Mixed Emotions: Mountaineering Writings of ....
1997 US rep, 8vo, pp.254, wraps; signed, fine #27071 $24.00
The first collection of work from one of the world's best mountaineering writers, includes five previously unpublished essays. This was never published in a hardcover version.[read more]

Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalaya: Child, Greg
signedChild, Greg Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalaya
1988 Patrick Stephens Northamptonshire 1st, 8vo, pp.192, 36 color & 19 bw photos, map, appendices, blue cloth; signed, dj fine, cloth fine #25842 $89.00
Child's first book recounts his climbs on Shivling, Lobsang Spire, Broad Peak, & Gasherbrum IV. This UK edition preceded the US edition by two years.[read more]

De Smukke Bjerge: Gasherbrum Gruppen i Pakistan [The Beautiful Mountains: Gasherbrum Group in Pakistan]: Christensen, Bo Belvedere
signedChristensen, Bo Belvedere De Smukke Bjerge: Gasherbrum Gruppen i Pakistan [The Beautiful Mountains: Gasherbrum Group in Pakistan]
2010 Denmark 1st, 8vo, pp.128, 37 color & 1 bw photos, 2 color & 5 bw maps, appendices, wraps; signed, new #27011 $39.95
Danish mountaineer Christensen has climbed for more than 30 years, the last 20 of these mostly in the Himalaya – Ama Dablam (1988), Dhaulagiri (1991), Broad Peak (1994), Everest (1996, 2000, 2013), Gasherbrum I (1998), Pandra & Danga (2002), Baruntse (2008), Lhakpa Ri (2009), Mustagh Ata (2010), and[read more]

Last Port to Antarctica: Dunedin and Port Chalmers: 100 Years of Polar Service: Church, Ian
Church, Ian Last Port to Antarctica: Dunedin and Port Chalmers: 100 Years of Polar Service
1997 New Zealand 1st, 4to, pp.136, photo frontis, 11 color & 173 bw photos, map, wraps; new #27609 $49.95
A fascinating account of all the ships and expeditions (Borchgrevink, Scott, Byrd, Ellsworth, Swan, and others) which have departed Otago Harbour for the Antarctic from the early days of exploration to the present day, and of the ships which returned to use the port’s first-class repair facilities. [read more]

American Alpine Club LibraryClark, Ronald W. The Early Alpine Guides
1950 Scribner’s NY 1st, 8vo, pp.208, 27 bw photos, 4 maps, appendices, orange cloth; dj chipped top/bottom spine, good, cloth w/ Prouty bookplate, near fine #23588 $25.00 $22.50
An important work for understanding the early development of guiding’s ‘Golden Age’ and early climbs in the Alps. Neate C57. Prouty, Margaret Jo (1908 – 1992) & Robert L. (1913 – 2000) – Margaret was a pediatrician and mountaineer. For 70 years she traveled the world to climb mountains, photogr[read more]

signedAmerican Alpine Club LibraryClark, Ronald W. The Victorian Mountaineers
1953 Batsford London 1st, 8vo, pp.232, photo frontis, 44 bw photos, red cloth; signed on paper pasted to fep, dj cover pasted to ffep, cloth lightly rubbed, w/ DPL & AAC/Hall bookplates, vg+ #24814 $65.00 $58.50
Clark presents the leading British climbers of the Victorian Age – Ruskin, Wills, Smith, Hudson, Ball, Tyndall, George, Stephen, Whymper, Brevoort, Coolidge, Straton, Tuckett, Slingsby, Conway, and many others. Neate C67. DPL (Denver Public Library) – For a time, the AAC held its Rocky Mountain [read more]

The Puma's Claw: Clark, Simon
New Clark, Simon The Puma's Claw
1959 Hutchinson London 1st, 8vo, pp.223, color frontis, 21 bw photos, 4 maps (1 fldg), tan cloth; dj w/ large chip on bottom front, good, cloth w/ front hinge just starting to separate, very good+ #12172 $15.00 $7.00
Account of the 1957 Cambridge Andean Expedition's first ascent of Pumasillo (20,490') in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, Peru. Neate C68. To see all of our Sale Items, click here.[read more]

Clark, Simon The Puma's Claw
1959 Little, Brown Boston 1st, 8vo, pp.223, color frontis, 21 bw photos, 4 maps (1 fldg), orange cloth; dj chipped top edge, good+, cloth lightly faded, vg+. #9586 $19.00
Account of the 1957 Cambridge Andean Expedition's first ascent of Pumasillo (20,490') in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, Peru. Neate C68.[read more]

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