Edinburgh: William Blackwood & Sons Ltd., 1929. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 328 pp. Very good +. Item #19100206
Francis ["Frank"] Sydney Smythe (1900-1949), was a renowned moutaineer "who climbed extensively in the Alps and also made several important Himalyan expeditions, including the first ascent to Kamet" (n.b., Neate, p. 140).
This was his first published work, considered by many to be among his best, and is copiously illustrated with black-and-white photographs (62 pages of them, several pages with more than one photograph).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full navy blue cloth, narrow blind-debossed border on the front board, gilt lettering on the front and spine, spine additionally with gilt ruled borders, top edge stained blue, frontispiece one of the photographs; octavo size (8 5/8" by 6"), pagination: [i]-xx, -307, [308, printer's statement].
___CONDITION: Almost near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, photographs collate complete, the only prior owner marking being a contemporary ("Xmas 1929") date on the front free endpaper; some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, the aforementioned minor rubbing to the corners, and the text block slightly cocked; a better than very good example of an important mountaineering book. Lacking the dust-wrapper.
___CITATION: Neate no. 727.
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