"the most famous mountaineering book in the world' (neate)
WHYMPER, Edward. Scrambles Amongst The Alps In The Years 1860-69 … Fifth Thousand. London, John Murray, 1871.
8vo. Original green cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, bevelled edges; pp. xviii, , 432; wood-engraved illustrations including some full-page, 5 maps and one snow diagrams to rear; very slightly rubbed, hinges expertly restored with reback, a little offsetting from endpapers, front endpaper with old inscription one plate and a few text leaves with light marginal spotting, otherwise near spotless and clean, a very good copy.
First edition, second printing. Whymper's classic account of adventures on and about the Matterhorn, illustrated from the author's own drawings, relates the fateful ascent by a party which included Whymper and during which 4 climbers fell to their deaths. Immensely popular in its day, Scrambles remains a bestselling tale of triumph and tragedy, and is considered by many to be "the most famous mountaineering book in the world" (Neate). This is a copy of the first edition, copies of which are very hard to find in such nice condition as the present example.
Neate 897; Perret 4557.