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Conway, Sir William Martin. THE ALPS FROM END TO END WITH 100 FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS BY A. D. M'CORMICK. Westminster: Archibald Constable and Co., (1895). 1st edition. Thick 8vo. xii + 403pp. 100 full-page illustrations. Original quarter cream vellum and sage cloth. Printed on fine thick paper. Apparently limited to 100 copies, but no limited leaf is present. Vellum with minor short closed split in upper corner of spine, as so often found. Spine slightly soiled as usual. Very good. In 1894, Conway walked the length of the Alps from Monte Viso to Gross Glockner with two Gurkha soldiers. This is his second book. Chapters include: The Treasures of the Snow, How to See Mountains; How Mountains are Made; All Sorts and Conditions of Alps; The Moods of The Mountains; Mountains All The Year Round; Types of Alpine Peaks; Passes; Glaciers; Alpine Pastures; The Human Interest; Volcanoes. Quoting from the text: Climbers who have spent a season or two in each of these five groups may think that they know the Alps, but they will be greatly mistaken. Most of them, indeed, will admit that they cannot afford to neglect the Dolomites, and will at least intend to spend a season amongst them. From a scrambling point of view, if they are rock-climbers, they will be well rewarded, for Dolomite rock-climbing is a thing apart. Dolomite scenery is even more truly unique. Less grand than that of the great mountain groups, it has a distinction all its own. There is nothing forbidding about the precipitance of its cliffs and summits. Their relative lightness of tint and the warm suffusion of the sun-pervaded atmosphere that so frequently envelops them, makes their elevated parts seem almost to float in the sky. The visible traces of the horizontal bedding of the rocks that compose them render the effect of even their slenderest pinnacles less aspiring than that of the flaked and tilted slaty-crystalline spires of older and more rugged formations. Some of the sentiment of Italy hangs about the Dolomites.
Author Conway, Sir William Martin.
Date 1895

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