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Las Siete Cumbres [The Seven Summits]: Portilla, Ramón
Portilla, Ramón Las Siete Cumbres [The Seven Summits]
2005 Spain 2nd, 8vo, pp.229, 135 color & 67 bw photos, 7 drawings, 8 maps, illus eps, pictorial cloth; dj & cloth new #26081 $45.00
Portilla became the first Spaniard to complete the Seven Summits. He began his quest with Everest in 1992 and culminated with Elbrus in 1994. Along the way he made three ascents of Aconcagua, one via the South Face. In Spanish, no English translation.[read more]

A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole: Preston, Diana
Preston, Diana A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole
1998 Houghton Mifflin Boston 1st, 8vo, pp.xiii, 269, 24 bw photos, 3 maps, red/grey cloth; dj lightly rubbed, fine, cloth fine #13207 $25.00 $19.95
Drawing on new research, Preston analyses both the reasons why Scott failed while Amundsen succeeded and the personalities behind the story. To see all of our Sale Items, click here.[read more]

Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910-1912: Prestrud, Kristian
Prestrud, Kristian Sydpolsekspedisjonen 1910-1912
2011 Norway 1st, 8vo, pp.261, 16 color & 188 bw photos, 2 color & 1 bw maps, 1 bw illus, 2 plans, illus eps, wraps; new #27546 $24.95
Prestrud (1881-1927) was one of 20 members of Roald Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition (1910-12). He was a member of the land party, serving as first officer. During the first attempt to reach the pole he almost lost his life in the extreme conditions. He was left out of the following polar attempt bu[read more]

Antarctic Adventure: Scott's Northern Party: Priestley, Raymond E.
American Alpine Club LibraryPriestley, Raymond E. Antarctic Adventure: Scott's Northern Party
1915 Dutton NY 1st, 8vo, pp.382, photo frontis w/ tissue guard, 149 bw photos, 2 fldg maps, silver dec blue cloth; cloth worn w/ some loss of gilt particularly to spine, remnant of Hall bookplate, vg #14460 $595.00 $428.40
Priestley was a member of Scott's 1910-13 expedition and went with the Northern Party to explore the coast of King Edward VII Land. Relief ships failed to pick them up forcing a winter in a snow cave. Quite scarce. Spence 940. Hall, Henry S., Jr. (1895 – 1987) – AAC Councilor (1923-33, 47-49[read more]

Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman: Prince, Cathryn J.
Prince, Cathryn J. Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman
2019 US 1st, 8vo, pp.xi, 304, 19 bw photos, black cloth; dj & cloth new #27673 $28.95
Fanny Bullock Workman was a complicated and restless woman who defied the rigid Victorian morals she found as restrictive as a corset. With her frizzy brown hair tucked under a helmet, Workman was a force on the mountain and off. Instrumental in breaking the British stranglehold on Himalayan mountai[read more]

The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies: Pullan, Brandon
Pullan, Brandon The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies
2016 Canada 1st, 8vo, pp.280, 116 color & 2 bw photos, blue cloth; dj & cloth new #27170 $44.95
Pullan’s book is not a guidebook, rather, it is a narrative history and illustrated tribute told by the people who risked life and limb to establish these long, difficult, and sometimes scary climbs. Through interviews, articles, journals, and photographs this monumental work takes the reader on a c[read more]

signedAmerican Alpine Club LibraryPutnam, William Lowell The Great Glacier and Its House: The Story of the First Center of Alpinism in North America 1885-1925
1982 AAC NY 1st, 4to, pp.223, photo frontis, 167 bw photos, 5 maps, appendices, map eps, black cloth; inscribed ‘For Henry Hall in anticipation of his 87th birthday, with gratitude for all you have done for alpinism. Bill Putnam’, dj fine, cloth fine #14665 $65.00 $58.50
The Selkirk Range, the Canadian railroad, and climbs and climbers from 1885-1925. Neate P104. Hall, Henry S., Jr. (1895 – 1987) – AAC Councilor (1923-33, 47-49, 53-73), Secretary (1933-46), President (1950-52), Honorary Member (1962), and first Honorary President (1974-87). He was also a founde[read more]

George Leigh Mallory: A Memoir: Pye, David
Pye, David George Leigh Mallory: A Memoir
2002 Thailand 1st thus, 8vo, pp.183, photo frontis, 5 bw photos, green cloth; dj & cloth new. #22970 $31.95
Back in print! First published in 1927, Pye climbed with Mallory and here presents one of the most touching portrayals of him. This new edition contains a foreward by George Mallory II and a new introduction by Pye’s son Tristam. Neate P112.[read more]

A Day To Die For - 1996: Everest’s Worst Disaster – The Untold Story: Ratcliffe, Graham
Ratcliffe, Graham A Day To Die For - 1996: Everest’s Worst Disaster – The Untold Story
2011 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.334, 26 color & 1 bw photos, 3 sketches, wraps; new #25685 $29.95
Ratcliffe is no stranger to Everest. He first attempted the north side in 1993 and then again in 1995, summitting with Anatoli Boukreev. In 1996 he turned his sights to Everest’s south side and was a member of Henry Todd’s expedition. He reached the South Col on May 10, 1996 during the height of [read more]

Peary at the North Pole: Factor Fiction?: Rawlins, Dennis
Rawlins, Dennis Peary at the North Pole: Factor Fiction?
1973 Luce Washington 1st, 8vo, pp.320, photo frontis, 21 bw photos/illus, 7 maps, appendices, map eps, blue cloth; xlib, dj w/ label on spine, unclipped, near fine, cloth w/ lib pocket, ‘Discarded’ stamp on title page, section of text sprung, good #14335 $5.00 $4.25
Rawlins examines Robert Peary's controversial claim to be the first to reach the North Pole with much on the events following Peary’s return. To see all of our Sale Items, click here.[read more]

Étoiles et Tempêtes (Six Faces Nord) [Starlight and Storm: Six North Faces]: Rebuffat, Gaston
New signedRebuffat, Gaston Étoiles et Tempêtes (Six Faces Nord) [Starlight and Storm: Six North Faces]
1958 Arthaud Paris rep, 8vo, pp.178, 37 bw photos, 6 sketches, map, appendix, wraps w/ dj; inscribed Rébuffat & signed Tom Ballard, dj chipped top/bottom spine & 1 corner, wraps fine #24153 $245.00
One of Rébuffat’s earliest books, this classic describes his ascents of the six great north faces of the Alps (Grandes Jorasses, Piz Badile, the Drus, Matterhorn, Cima Grande di Lavaredo, and Eiger). This copy is also signed by Tom Ballard, son of noted mountaineer Alison Hargreaves. In 1993 Hargrea[read more]

Starlight and Storm: The Ascent of Six Great North Faces of the Alps: Rebuffat, Gaston
Rebuffat, Gaston Starlight and Storm: The Ascent of Six Great North Faces of the Alps
1956 Dent London 1st, 8vo, pp.xxi, 122, photo frontis, 36 bw photos, 7 maps/diagrams, yellow cloth; dj lightly rubbed, chip back corner, vg+, cloth w/ small stamp mark to bottom edge, else fine #22154 $125.00 $74.00
One of Rébuffat’s earliest books, this one describes his ascents of the Grandes Jorasses, Piz Badile, the Drus, Matterhorn, Cima Grande di Lavaredo, and Eiger. This first UK edition is hard to find in nice condition. Neate R20. To see all of our Sale Items,
Moved by a Mountain: Inspirations from an Alpine View in Alaska: Reed, Tom
signedReed, Tom Moved by a Mountain: Inspirations from an Alpine View in Alaska
2013 US 1st, oblong 8vo, pp.42, photo frontis, 13 color & 29 bw photos, wraps; signed, new #26339 $21.95
Tom Reed’s second book of alpine images is as pleasingly presented as his first. The beautiful images presented here are all from his alpine cabin in Alaska. In the first half of the book he describes finding the land on which to build, building his cabin, and explores the question - “How and why [read more]

Blizzard: Race to the South Pole: Rees, Jasper
Rees, Jasper Blizzard: Race to the South Pole
2006 UK 1st, 8vo, pp.288, 18 color & 13 bw photos, 2 maps, white cloth; dj & cloth new. #24518 $33.95
This book was produced in conjunction with a BBC series which pitted Norwegian Rune Gjeldnes, playing Amundsen, and his team against Britain Bruce Parry, playing Scott, and his team in a recreation of the race to pole. Wearing the same type of clothing as their predecessors, surviving on the same d[read more]

signedReinisch, Gertrude Wanda Rutkiewicz: Karawane der Träume [Wanda Rutkiewicz: A Caravan of Dreams]
1998 Munchen 1st, 4to, pp.192, 192 color & 25 bw photos, blue cloth; signed Kurt Diemberger, dj & cloth new. #17406 $59.00
At long last, an English-language book on the great Polish climber Wanda Rutkiewicz. Rutkiewicz was regarded as the top woman climber of her day with ascents of eight 8000m peaks - Everest (1978), Nanga Parbat (1985), K2 (1986), Shishapangma (1987), Gasherbrum II (1989), Gasherbrum I (1990), Cho Oy[read more]

To Live: Fighting for Life on the Killer Mountain: Revol, Élisabeth
signedRevol, Élisabeth To Live: Fighting for Life on the Killer Mountain
2020 UK Ltd Signed ed n/200, 8vo, pp.154, 22 color & photos, 2 figs, map, blue cloth; signed, dj & cloth new #27701 $110.00
Limited, Signed, & Numbered Edition of 200 On 25 Jan 2018, Revol and her climbing partner Tomasz Mackiewicz summited Nanga Parbat, the killer mountain. Situated in the Karakoram, the world’s ninth-highest peak is an immense ice-armoured pyramid of rock rising to an altitude of 8,126 metres. Élisa[read more]

The Matterhorn: Rey, Guido
Rey, Guido The Matterhorn
Dec 1907 T. Fisher Unwin London 2nd, thick 8vo, pp.336, mounted frontis w/ tissue guard, 13 bw mounted plates w/ tissue guards, 11 bw photo plates, 23 illus, tan cloth; cloth darkened/rubbed, bookplate, inscription dated 1913, hinges tight, vg #27233 $59.00
This is one of the principal books on the early history of the Matterhorn. This second edition was published only two months after the first edition. Neate R25.[read more]

Above All Things: Rideout, Tanis
Rideout, Tanis Above All Things
2013 US 1st, 8vo, pp.387, blue/green cloth; dj & cloth new #26442 $26.95
Rideout’s debut novel of obsession and divided loyalties weaves together the harrowing story of George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Everest with that of a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return. A captivating blen[read more]

Life Lived Wild: Adventures at the Edge of the Map: Ridgeway, Rick
New signedRidgeway, Rick Life Lived Wild: Adventures at the Edge of the Map
2022 US 1st, 8vo, pp.424, photo frontis, 90 color & 19 bw photos, 2 color illus, 3 color maps, map eps, pictorial cloth; signed, issued w/o dj, cloth new #27769 $39.95
Ridgeway calculates that, he’s spent over five years of his life sleeping in tents: “Small tents pitched in the world’s most remote regions.” Whether at elevation or raising a family at sea level, those years taught him, he writes, “to distinguish matters of consequence from matters of inconsequence[read more]

The Last Step: The American Ascent of K2: Ridgeway, Rick
signedRidgeway, Rick The Last Step: The American Ascent of K2
1980 Mountaineers Seattle 1st, 8vo, pp.vii, 301, 75 color photos, 2 maps, black cloth; signed Ridgeway, John Roskelley, dj w/ small edge tears, unclipped, else near fine, cloth tight, fine #22646 $95.00
The successful 1978 American expedition placed the first four Americans (Louis Reichardt, Rick Ridgeway, John Roskelly, and Jim Wickwire) on top of K2, the world’s second highest mountain and arguably the most difficult. Three of the team reached the summit without the use of supplemental oxygen. Th[read more]

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