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  • The Andes and the Amazon – Life and Travel in Peru – C. R. Enock – 1913

    The Andes and the Amazon – Life and Travel in Peru – C. R. Enock – 1913

    A scarce copy of this important travel exploration account into Peru.

    Published by Fisher Unwin, London in 1913, a fifth printing, first in this form. Octavo, red cloth covered illustrated covers, xvi, 380 pages, portrait frontispiece. Slight foxing otherwise a very good copy. the pictorial covers are a delight

    C Reginald Enock was a mining engineer turned adventurer. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London, the World’s greatest Club. His adventures in Peru had previously been summarised and presented by none less than Markham in the Society Journals.

    Enock explored a new high pass over the Eastern Cordillera; made the sources of the Maranon and Huaylas Rivers; visited the ruins of Huanuco and attempted the highest peak in Peru, Huascarn, at 22,000 feet.. although unsuccessful, it was not climbed until 1932 … by Austrians of course.

    In his expeditions he mulled over the origins of the indigenous population and postulated links with Asia much in the lines but sometimes conflicting with the Alfred Russell Wallace viewpoint.

    Enock and serious exploring in remote Peru …

    $120.00

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  • Ten Great Mountains – R.L. Irving

    Ten Great Mountains – R.L. Irving

    Classic “Mountain” book by the author of “The Romance of Mountaineering” – Voyager’s favourite romantic book.

    Published by Dent, London in 1942. Octavo, 213 pages nicely illustrated with diagrams of ascents and from original expedition photographs. Ownership name on front free end paper, chip to dust jacket top of spine, otherwise a very good copy, and clean and bright internally for a wartime publication.

    Unusual selection of mountains with Snowden and Ben Nevis before we move on to the more challenging Mount Cook and the highly challenging and some yet to be conquered … the Matterhorn; Ushba; Mont Blanc; Mount Logan; Nanga Parbat; Kangchenjunga and Everest,

    The “Royal” list of Mountains … presented well by the knowledgeable Irving

    $35.00

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  • The Ascent on Everest – John Hunt

    The Ascent on Everest – John Hunt

    John Hunt’s classic account of the conquest of Everest with Alfred Gregory’s iconic photographs.

    Published by Hodder & Stoughton, London, a fourth impression of the first edition published in April 1954 the first the previous November. Large octavo, 300 pages, maps, illustrations from aforesaid photographs a super production befitting the achievement. A very good if not better copy of a book with a complete dust jacket. Whilst not rare usually very worn and fingered.

    Super large scale fold out diagram of the team method involved in the achievement – often missing.

    Everyone should have a copy of this book in their library.

    All the way to the very top of the World.

    $40.00

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  • The Ascent on Everest – John Hunt

    The Ascent on Everest – John Hunt

    Leader, John Hunt’s classic account of the conquest with of Everest Alfred Gregory’s photographs.

    This is the delightful Readers Book Club edition of 1955. Octavo, 320 pages nicely illustrated.

    A very nice copy, very clean inside. Super dust jacket showing Tenzing on the summit, a little creased but still very nice.

    All the way to the very top

    $30.00

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  • Travels Amongst the Great Andes of the Equator – Edward Whymper -1892

    Published by John Murray, London. A second printing, same year as the first, of a special book by the great mountaineer, Edward Whymper.

    Large thick octavo, 456 pages. Nicely illustrated and with three maps, one folding and a large folding map in rear pocket. Original cloth covered binding with embellished gilt rule and lettering on front and spine, blind embossed in similar fashion on rear. Showing a little age, as usual, some scattered foxing near ends, otherwise a lovely clean copy.

    The classic South American Mountaineering book, Whymper climbing Cotopaxi and Chimborazo among others. Broader writing includes the natural history and geology of the Andes.

    Essential reading for climbers and South American devotee.

    Edward Whymper – nothing held him back

    $140.00

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  • A Taste of the Hills – Miles Smeeton – First Edition 1961

    A Taste of the Hills – Miles Smeeton – First Edition 1961

    A first edition published by Rupert Hart-Davis, London in 1961. Octavo, illustrated with maps, and illustrations from photographs. A very good copy.

    Miles (1906-1988) and Beryl Smeeton (1905-1979) were adventurers as if from a different era. Well known for their sailing adventures and twice near disaster going East around the Horn .. they made it successfully from the west.

    Miles had a distinguished military background … Yorkshire born … full of grit.

    Miles was posted to India before WWII and he writes about his time there. And, with Beryl, his overland adventure from Basra back to England. Finishing with an attempt in the Himalayas on 25,460 feet Tirich Mir with Tenzing … Beryl became the highest climbed female at the time.

    Miles Smeeton with Beryl on land and just as adventurous as the sea..

    $40.00

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