A Tyro at Chamonix.

MOUNTAINEERING ; METCALF Jesse ([ca. 1930].)

£750.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. Illustrated throughout with halftone photographs. 8vo. Original limp leather with gilt title to upper cover. A little rubbed at edges, light waterstain to spine. Some plates a little foxed. Leaves printed and numbered recto only. [ii],57ll. N.p. [Privately printed for the author],

Inscribed by the author to the front free endpaper "By way of a Christmas card. Best wishes J.M." This account of a 1929 ascent of Mont Blanc was apparently privately printed by the author, seemingly as a Christmas keepsake to be distributed amongst friends. It reproduces daily entries from Metcalf's diaries, alongside his personal photographs of the expedition. Metcalf was a native of South Carolina and a self proclaimed novice ("tyro") mountaineer. With the assistance of a local guide, impossibly names Ulysses Simond, he succeeded in surmounting the "Great White Dome". 

Unsurprisingly, this book is very rare. OCLC finds copies only at Harvard, UCLA and Michigan State.

Not in Neate. 

Stock Code: 222065

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