The Ski-Runner

RICHARDSON, E.C. The Ski-Runner.

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RICHARDSON, E.C. The Ski-Runner. Published by the Author from 1, Mitre Court, Fleet Street, London, E.C., [1909].

8vo. Original blue cloth with image of a skier in white and black to upper cover; pp. 238, [2], xvi (illustrated advertisements; 20 plates, numerous photographic illustrations and diagrams in the text, errata slip; slightly darkened on spine, a little rubbed, very light bubbling to front cover, contemporary ownership inscription to front fly-leaf, smal browen spots to lower edge; else a very good copy.
First edition of this early, highly illustrated skiing book, printed on heavy glossy paper stock. Richardson was co-editor, in 1904, of Ski-Running, the first book in English devoted purely to skiing. His assistance in a second edition of that work in 1905 and with Dr. Hoek's Der Schilauf suggested to Richardson the need for a new work. The result is The Ski-Runner. In it he offers a brief history of skiing, together with basic hints on clothing and equipment, techniques and where to ski. Totally new to the English reader are chapters on snow, avalanches, home-made ski and snow photography. Of particular use is a 6-page bibliography on skiing literature.