von Karwath, Cary Vienna: C.W. Stern Verlag, 1908. Ltd. edn., 1958. 4to. 236pp + 40 tipped-in full-color plates. Vellum, hand-painted spine with raised bands, marbled endpapers, marbled slipcase. Book in fine condition, slipcase slightly worn. B/w illustration throughout in addition to plates. Special publication for subscribers of the Gesellschaft Österreichischer Bibliophilen [Association of Austrian Bibliophiles]. Text in German. HEAVY BOOK. Extra postage probably necessary.
Daumier, Honoré Hardcover, paper with cloth spine. xxvi + 240pp + xlii. Profusely illustrated with b/w prints of caricatures. Includes inscription by previous owner. In very good condition.
New York: Organization for the Defense of Four Freedoms of Ukraine, Inc., 1959. Folio. xiii + pp445-481, 3 fold-out maps. Stiff printed card covers. Fine. Promoting Ukraine's "Right to Self Determination," this facsimile reprint of the 1744 edition of Beauplan's maps of the Ukraine, was published by the Organization for the Defense of Four Freedoms of Ukraine. Includes a 3 page introduction. Gift inscription at foot of first title page appears to be from one of the editors/authors "Bohdan" - Bohdan Krawciw is given credit for his contribution in the introduction by J.P. Petryshyn. The inscription precedes the 1959 publication date.
Karsh, Yousuf Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, 1946. 4to. 158pp. Second edition. Hardcover, blue paper with gilt lettering. Contains 75 b/w portraits. SIGNED BY KARSH on the title page, NOVEMBER 1947. In overall very good condition or better. Includes following inscription: Presented to Most Eminent Benjamin Studley Bailey Supreme Grand Master, The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada Knights Templar. On the occasion of his official visit To Ottawa Prefectory No. 32 Ottawa, Canada, November 26th 1947.
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA ON HINDUISM. An Examination of His Address at the Chicago Parliament of Religions.Madras: The Christian Literature Society, 1895. First edition. 8vo. viii + 88pp. Yellow paper on board, cloth tape on spine. Some damage to bottom right corner. Includes b/w illustrated frontispiece. In good condition.
ANCIENT WARRIORS OF THE NORTH PACIFIC. The Haidas, Their Laws, Customs and Legends, with some Historical Account of the Queen Charlotte Islands.Harrison, Charles London: Witherby, 1925. 8vo. 222pp. B/w photo plates, folding map. Scarlet cloth, with gilt Haida emblem on spine. Fore edges slightly foxed with faint spots. Clean, bright and very good. From the author's Preface: This book is the outcome of forty years' residence amongst the Haidas, and is an accurate description of what I have seen and heard in the villages and homes. Through my knowledge of their language I have been enabled to get all my information regarding their customs, traditions and social organization direct from the principal chiefs, men who at that time were from sixty to eighty years old.
New York: Viking, 1987. First American Edition. 8vo. 256pp. Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white plates, black and white photos in text and 14 maps and mountain profiles. SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE BY BONINGTON. Fine bright blue cloth. In Fine dust jacket. Vivid accounts of Bonington’s many climbs and a mirror of the evolving climbing styles and practices over this period and a celebration of mountaineering at its most exacting and rewarding limits.
Ren, David. Ren, David. THE IMPERIAL ROCKS. With contributions by Jin Hongkui, Han Guanghui, Shan Guoqiang, and Ge Zhaoguang. Hong Kong: Published by author, printed by San Lien Shudian, 2000. Folio. 299pp. Includes maps and color photo illustrations throughout. Purple silk-like brocade covered boards, gilt and black lettering on spine. DATED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR IN CHINESE. Contained within a stiff slip case with a color-printed scene of a Chinese courtyard. Rare. Profusely illustrated throughout with rocks (usually on pedestals) as found in situ. Very fine condition. Ren writes an introduction in English to the Chinese Imperial courtyard rocks he has researched. The catalog then provides descriptions of 80 illustrated rocks in Chinese. Ren discusses Imperial taste, various aspects of rock connoisseurship, the types of rocks favored by during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and more. He also explains the role of rocks in Chinese gardening arts. All the photographs were taken by the author and were meticulously processed for publication, with great care given in book production. An unknown quantity was printed and were never for sale through bookstores. Shan Guoqiang is a renowned scholar.
New York: Viking Press. 1979. 8vo. 273pp. 8pp colour photographs, 24pp b/w photographs, 9 maps and drawings, and an illustrated map of the Ganges and Northern India on endpapers. SIGNED BY HILLARY ON THE TITLE PAGE. Errata slip tipped in. Photocopy of a letter from June Hillary to Mr. Kevin Wallace, dated 27.10.2006 related to the Himalayan Trust plus a shipping waybill. Fine in cloth. In fine dust jacket. Hillary's account of his dream trip from the mouth of the Ganges River to its source.
Meinertzhagen, R. London: Hugh Rees, 1930. 1st edition. Folio. VOLUME 1: xvi + 348pp. Photographic frontispiece. 3 folding colour maps. 3 b/w plates. 15 colour plates; VOLUME 2: 349 - 700 pp. 3 b/w plates. 11 colour plates. Many drawings throughout the text in both volumes. Publisher’s green cloth with gilt titling. Tip of spine of Volume 2 with repair. Light rubbing to front cover. Lower corners of both volumes slightly bumped. Overall, a clean, very good tight copy. Chapters: The Origin of Life in Egypt, Migration, the Birds of Ancient Egypt, The Protection of Birds in Egypt, A Systematic list of Egyptian Birds plus Appendices covering resident, summer, and migratory birds. Included extinct birds, the recovery of birds, migration, Arabic names for the commoner Egyptian birds and a detailed bibliography. HEAVY BOOKS. EXTRA POSTAGE LIKELY
HIGH IN THE THIN COLD AIR. The Story of the Himalayan Expedition, led by Sir Edmund Hillary, sponsored by the World Book Encyclopedia.New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1962. First Edition. 8vo. Ix+254pp. 22 plates in colour and black and white, 2 maps and illustrated map of Tibet on the endpapers. SIGNED BY HILLARY ON THE TITLE PAGE. Grey cloth. Fine. In fine dust jacket. Describes Hillary’s two part mission to find the Abominable Snowman and to discover how ordinary men could survive a winter at high altitudes.
Lawton, Thomas. Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, 1982. First edition. 4to. 202pp with colour frontispiece, b/w and colour illustrations throughout. Index included. Fine with a fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: “The roughly two-and-one-half-century span of the Warring States period was a time of extraordinary change in China. In this era of transition, which might be described as the watershed between old and new China, manifestations of change are revealed in the cultural and artistic innovations of the period. From the rich holdings of the Freer Gallery of Art, Thomas Lawton, director of the Gallery, has selected 151 objects to explore these revelations of change; this exhibition catalogue contributes to the reexamination of early Chinese art in light of recent archaeological findings."
London: Doubleday, 1999. 1st edition. 8vo. [ix]+310pp. 4 maps, 24pp colour plates, 8pp black and white, map of SoluKhumbu and the Everest Region as end papers. SIGNED BY HILLARY ON THE TITLE PAGE. Grey boards. Fine. Fine in dust jacket. Hillary’s autobiography of his life as well as a description of his most famous adventures.
THE KURT DIEMBERGER OMNIBUS. Comprising His Books: Summits and Secrets; The Endless Knot; Spirits of the Air.London: Baton Wicks, 1999. 8vo. 864pp. 32pp black and white photos and 8pp colour photos plus in text maps and photo in text. SIGNED BY DIEMBERGER ON THE TITLE PAGE. Blue paper over boards. Fine. Fine in dust jacket. Includes three of Diembergers books in which he describes his climbs in the Alps, the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas. The book also tracks the story of his life and the glories and tragedy of a climber's life.
London: The Bombay Natural History Society, 1921-1930. 2nd edition. Originally serialized as monographs in a smaller version. Now in 4to. VOLUME 1: xvi + 340pp. Engraved title page as frontispiece. 3 b/w plates. 30 colour lithographs; VOLUME 2: xvi + 328pp. Engraved title page as frontispiece. 2 coloured maps. 6 b/w plates. 17 colour plates.; VOLUME 3: x + 341 pp. Engraved title page as frontispiece. 9 b/w plates. 11 colour plates. Volumes 1 and 2 are bound in robust modern half green morocco. Raised bands, top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Volume 3 is bound in matching half green textured cloth imitating a morocco binding. All volumes are little used, and in wonderful condition. Structured as follows: Volume 1: Ducks and Their Allies. Volume 2: Snipes, Bustards and Sand Grouse. Volume 3: Pheasants and Bustard-Quail. THE GAME BIRDS OF INDIA, BURMA AND GALLINAE by Stuart Baker was first published in India in a series of intermittent issues published by the Bombay Natural History Society beginning in 1915. The format then was 8vo or about 8 inches high. The 2nd edition, published in London is much larger in format, with a grand appearance worthy of the spectacular illustrations of birds, in particular those of J.G. Keulemans. HEAVY BOOKS. EXTRA POSTAGE LIKELY.
Norwalk: The Easton Press, 2003. First, thus. Reprint of the 1955 first edition, new typesetting. 8vo. [x]+246pp. 16 black and white plates, with maps by A. Sparks and sketches by Geoorge Djurkovic. SIGNED BY HILLARY ON A SPECIAL LEAF. SIGNED AGAIN BY HILLARY ON THE CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY. An Easton Press note card is laid in describing Hillary’s achievements and more. Full burgundy leather, raised bands, gilt decorations, all edges gilt, moire endpapers, ribbon marker. As new. Includes a Preface to the Easton Press edition by Hillary, dated January 2003.
Pocci, Franz. RADIERUNGEN VON FRANZ POCCI. Munich: Deutsche Meister-Verlag, 1922. Ltd. edn., 29/100. Pasteboard folder, marbled paper, cloth spine. Portfolio contains 12 etchings on individual pages with tissue guards. Collection is complete. Includes title page and accompanying text by the artist. Portfolio in good condition, plates in very good condition.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1953. Third printing. First published in Dec 1952. 8vo. 316pp. 4 color-gravure + 24 monochrome-gravures+folding panorama of the Great Barrier. SIGNED BY HERZOG ON THE HALF TITLE. Blue cloth with black cloth, very slightly sunned at top edge, otherwise Fine. In a very good slightly chipped dust jacket. Herzog was the leader of the French Himalayan Expedition, and the first person to climb Annapurna and its 8,000 meter peak.
East Aurora: The Roycroft Shop, 1913. 4to. 44pp. Camel paper covered boards, cloth spine. Gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Brown marker ribbon, slightly torn. Includes frontispiece featuring photograph of Rockefeller. Printed on heavy paper with deckle edges, punctuated throughout with decorative initials. Inscription by previous owner. In very good condition.
London: Hodder & Stoughton. 1953. 1st edition. 8vo. xx+300pp. 48 plates and 8 colour plates, maps and drawings in text. SIGNED BY HUNT ON THE TITLE PAGE. Blue cloth, spine sunned and a little dull, and therefore in good condition. With a better than very good dust jacket (price clipped) probably supplied from another copy, The record of the 1953 ascent of Everest by Hunt with detailed appendixes showing the gear, the people involved; includes a glossary.