Peaks, Passes, and Glaciers. A Series of Excursions by Members of the Alpine Club - John Ball, President of the Alpine Club

1860 - Longman, London - Fifth Edition
Finely bound edition of this important set of climbing essays, edited by the Alpine Club's first president, John Ball. Known as the Traveller’s Knapsack edition, due to it’s smaller size, illustrated with seven folding colour maps.

Ball collected firsthand accounts by members of the Alpine Club of excursions into various regions of the Alps. Ball noted with satisfaction that members of the Alpine Club had left the beaten track in the Alps to complete first ascents of the Monte Rosa, the Dom, the Grand Combin, the Alleleinhorn, and the Wetterhorn.

The Golden Age of Alpinism.
 
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Across East African Glaciers - Dr. Hans Meyer, E. H. S. Caulder (translator)

1891 - George Philip &, London - First Edition in English
A superb example of the first edition, in the publisher’s original and first state illustrated cover highlighting the snow in white and additional colour to the tents and clearing, described by Neate as ‘a most handsome volume’. With mounted chromolithographed frontispiece, three folding colour maps, eight mounted photographic plates, and twelve photogravures.

‘Hans Meyer was a geologist and experienced climber who made four trips to the Kilimanjaro region in 1887-1889 culminating in his successful ascent – the first undisputed summit of Kibo, 19,340 feet, the highest of the mountain's three peaks – in 1889.

In an earlier attempt, Meyer and his companion Oscar Baumann had the misfortune to arrive in the midst of an Arab revolt against German traders on the East African coast. They were captured and held hostage until a substantial ransom was paid.

Meyer's ultimate success has been attributed to his recognition that the greatest obstacle to achieving the summit was the lack of food in the upper regions. He brought a sizeable and well organised party and established several camps on the mountain, allowing him to make multiple attempts at the summit without descending to the base.

His lively and highly readable account of the expedition is arguably the most important work on African mountaineering.’ -
Walkabout Books. 
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Journal of Herbert Edward Pretyman, Lieutenant Grenadier Guards - Written during his Expedition to the Kittar Mountains, between Kenneh (on the Nile) and the Red Sea. 1891 - Inscribed - Herbert Edward Pretyman. Rev. Frederic Pretyman.

1892 - Printed for Private Circulation, London - First and Only Edition
Inscribed ‘W. H. Mills from Frederic Pretyman Gt. Carlton 1893.’

A near fine and extremely rare example of this journal which covers Pretyman’s 1891 hunting trip in the Kittar mountains, the Eastern Desert of Egypt, using the only known map of the area produced by Floyer four years earlier. Illustrated with a full page photo-lithographic plate of Herbert Pretyman, 34 other plates from photographs and a two page sketch map of the Kittar Mountains to the rear.

Lieutenant H. E. Pretyman travelled back from Ismalia to London in 1891, he died the same year, whilst Camp Adjutant at Bisley, and it is believed he had not fully recovered from a severe attack of typhoid and jaundice in 1889. His father the Rev. Frederic Pretyman arranged to have the journal published a short while later.
 
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Among the Kara-Korum Glaciers in 1925 - Jenny Visser-Hooft, PH. C. Visser

1926 - Edward Arnold &, London - First Edition
The second Dutch expedition to the Karakoram, by Jenny Visser-Hooft (1888-1939) a respected Dutch explorer and mountaineer, variously Honorary Member of the Royal Netherlands Geographical Society and the Ducth Alpine Club, and Vice-President of the Ladies’ Alpine Club in London. Together with her husband Dr. Philip Visser (1882-1955), a distinguished Dutch diplomat and mountain explorer who unravelled many Karakoram glacier puzzles.

After the war the Visser-Hoofts moved to Stockholm, and a grand total of four expeditions to the Karakoram Glaciers soon followed, during which time the couple became first-hand experts on ‘one of the most difficult fields of exploration on earth’; that great, inaccessible watershed between the Hindu Kush and the Hunza Valley. Jenny took charge of botany and general planning, relishing the long marches through hazardous scrac and rotten ice or along blady, unknown mountain ridges, and by the 1930’s the Visser-Hoofts and that other climbing partnership the Workmans had effectively filled in most of the blank spaces on the Karakoram map’ - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women.

First edition, illustrated with 25 full page photographic plates one single page map an done folding map to the rear.
 
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Views In India, Chiefly Among The Himalaya Mountains - Lieut. George Francis White, Emma Roberts (editor)

1838 - Fisher, London & - Second Edition
A superior copy of this folio, in the publisher’s original gilt decorated burgundy morocco binding. With descriptions of White’s journey together with twenty nine full-page engraved plates, and extra illustrated engraved title page, after sketches by White, Grindlay as well as from water-colours by various artists including Turner.

Between 1829 and 1832 Lieutenant White (1808-98) travelled ‘
in that portion of the Himalayan regions lying between the rivers Sutlej and Kelee’ making sketches of sites along the Ganges and Jumna, at Sutlej, the Keeree pass, Hardwar, Mussoorie, Jamnotri, Gangotri, Simla, Nahaun, including an account of the ascent of Choor, there are also views in Rajputana, Bombay, the Deccan and Kathiawar.

First published in 1836, but without the valuable input and editing of Emma Roberts (1794-1840) who worked as an editor and writer in India whilst staying with her sister, and later under commission form the
Asiatic Journal. 
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Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo - John Whitehead

1893 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy of this stunningly illustrated and unsurpassed large folio containing 32 lithographed plates, comprising 11 natural history plates, hand-coloured and heightened with gum arabic, and 21 tinted lithographed views and ethnographic subjects, and with map and an additional 21 woodcut illustrations in the text.

A detailed narrative of John Whitehead's (1860-1899) travels from October 1884 to August 1888 in Borneo, Java, Palawan and Balabac Islands, especially of his three efforts (the last one successful) to ascend Mount Kina Balu. He brought back examples of many new animals, including no fewer than forty-five new species of birds. The author's primary interest was ornithology, but he also provides much information on head-hunting, religion and custom of the peoples of the region. Besides visiting North Borneo he spent several months in Java and Palawan, and made an expedition into the state of Malacca.
 
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