FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 186 + map, and numerous b/w full-page photographic illustrations to rear. Blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Top edge blue (faded). Pushing to heel of spine, extremities a trifle rubbed, bands of sunning to board edges, especially bottom. Toned, POI to ffep, else, clean and tight. In the original photographic dust jacket: creased and rubbed, losses to spine ends, and top of rear panel, with amateur repairs to reverse. Very good/ good.
Much-loved Scottish journalist, translator and mountaineer Janet Adam Smith’s classic memoir of her pre-war climbs in the Highlands and the Alps. Already recognised as an authority on Robert Louis Stevenson, her editions of his poems and his correspondence with Henry James soon followed. Indeed, “[i]ntellectually Adam Smith was heir to the Scottish Enlightenment and Edinburgh reviewers” and did much to champion Scottish literature, with her 1965 biography of John Buchan deemed a “masterpiece” (ODNB). Adam Smith (1905-1999) held editorial positions at The Listener and The New Statesman, alongside being a prolific reviewer. Her papers are held at the National Library of Scotland.
Author ADAM SMITH, Janet
Publisher London: J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd
Condition Very good/ good
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