First edition. 8vo. Two mounted real photo. ports., one plate; very good in the original vellum- backed boards with leather lettering piece, slightly discoloured on spine. A presentation copy, inscribed to the title-page “Ruth Stone with love from Hal’s Mother & Sister”, and with a few occasional annotations to the text in the same hand.
Henry Freshfield (1877-1891) was the only son of the mountaineer Douglas Freshfield. The book gives an overview of Hal’s life, and reproduces his letters from school, and the continent. A chapter on “Hal’s Adventures and Holiday Travels” mentions the family’s two visits to Savoy, where they were joined by the Chamonix guide François Dévouassoud, and also by Douglas Freshfield’s schoolfellow and climber William Donkin. On their second visit father and children made some “Alpine walks” up the Buet and Mont Joli.
Author [Freshfield, Douglas W. & Augusta Charlotte.]
Binding Original vellum-backed boards
Publisher Privately Printed
Condition Very good
Pages pp. ix, 127