SCRAMBLES AMONGST THE ALPS and DOWN THE RHINE
London, No publisher stated ND (1890s), hb. Small 4to, pp. 164, 75.
¶ The Whymper title was first published in 1871 by John Murray, and reprinted in 1893, the same year as the inscription on the front free endpaper of this book. Hence, we date the publication of this curious book as being in the 1890s, prior to 1894. The Lady Murphy title was only published, appararently, with the Whymper title, being issued both in England (by Troy, Nims & Knight) and - more commonly - in the U.S. by Burrows Brothers of Cleveland, Ohio. Our copy contains three pages of publisher's ads at the end of the book, announcing new issues for Burrows (including the Whymper title by itself). Whymper was a famous climber, or "Alpinist" as they were then called, who completed the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn. His book covers the period 1860-1869, and relates many of his successful ascents. It is illustrated with a coloured frontispiece, coloured map of Switzerland, and various illustrations from photos, and line drawings. Bound in silver and black decorated brown cloth, over bevelled boards.The cloth is a bit worn at the edges and a bit scuffed and soiled. The hinges are cracking, but still intact. The contents show occasional foxing. Overall, still a good, readable copy of a famous (at least as far as Whymper is concerned) title.
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Keywords: Climbing The Alps The Matterhorn Switzerland