ALPS Described by Martin Conway & Painted by A. D. McCormick

(London: Adam and Charles Black, 1904).

A MOST BEAUTIFUL AND IMPRESSIVE ENTREE IN THE BLACK TRAVEL SERIES OF BOOKS AND A RARELY SEEN ONE AS WELL. It is especially so in such lovely condition as this copy, which is fresh and fine.
The author, Sir Martin Conway, was an expert English mountaineer who had made expeditions in Europe, South America and in the Himalayas; where he broke a world altitude record upon reaching 23,000 feet. His experience in the Alps was extensive. He was president of the Alpine Club from 1902 to 1904 and became the first president of The Alpine Ski Club at its inaugural meeting in 1908. Much of the information provided here was accumulated while traveling the Alps from end to end.
The artist, Arthur David McCormick was also no stranger to mountaineering. From 1892–1893 he was the official artist on Sir Martin Conway's expedition to the Karakoram subrange of the Himalayas and in 1895 served as artist for Clinton T. Dent's expedition to the Caucasus Mountains. For his work on these and other expeditions he was made Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Item #29839

First edition. Beautifully illustrated with 70 fine colourplates from the watercolour paintings of A. D. McCormick. Large 8vo, in the publisher's original mossy blue-green cloth impressively decorated with an Alpine motif of snow clad peaks and edelweiss in white, yellow and chartreuse and with lettering in gilt on both upper cover and spine, t.e.g. x, 294, 4 (ads) pp. A lovely copy, the decorated cloth in fine condition with bright gilt and no fading, text block sound, the paper very fresh and clean.

Price: $255.00