WHYMPER, Edward. Chamonix and The Range Of Mont Blanc. A Guide [Signed presentation copy from the author to J. A. Stone, dated Feb. 28, 1898, on front free endpaper]


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With illustrations and maps. London: John Murray, 1896. First edition. Octavo. Pp. xiv, [2], 189, [3]. Half red morocco on marbled boards, title and author in gilt on black morocco labels on spine. Some mild rubbing. A very good rare signed copy.

Edward Whymper, the famed mountaineer climbed many of the world's most treacherous summits. He was the first to ascend several of the highest peaks in the Alps, the Canadian Rockies and the Andes. But it was his Matterhorn triumph and the subsequent tragedy that befell his party that he is most known for. Edward was born the son of an artist in London, April 1840. He was trained to become a wood engraver to follow in the steps of his older brother the noted illustrator and explorer, Frederic Whymper. At the age of 20, Edward received a commission to make a series of sketches of Alpine scenery and undertook an extensive journey in the Central and Western Alps.

"I had only a literary acquaintance with mountaineering, and had not even seen- much less set foot upon a mountain"


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