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The Merrick and the neighbouring hills : tramps by hill, stream, and loch
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The Merrick and the neighbouring hills : tramps by hill, stream, and loch

By McBain, J. M. (James M.)

Ayr, Scotland: Stephen & Pollock, 1929. Second impression Sept 1929: Becoming a difficult title to find in this condition. 335 p., [38] leaves of plates : ill., front. ; 21 cm. Includes index. Very clean, square example, lighest bumps/nudges to spine ends. Binding tight and secure. Pages excellent. Free of any inscriptions. . Hard Cover. Near Fine. 8vo.

$67.45

The High-Roads of the Alps: a motoring guide to one hundred mountain passes ... With 106 itineraries, 102 photographic illustrations, and 11 maps and diagrams.
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The High-Roads of the Alps: a motoring guide to one hundred mountain passes ... With 106 itineraries, 102 photographic illustrations, and 11 maps and diagrams.

By FREESTON, Charles Lincoln.

London: K. Paul, Trench Tru¨bner & co., ltd., 1910. The charming first edition copy from 1910, [ undated ] but preface dated 1910 as called for. The delightful snow capped Alps, with a Motor Car ascending towards the Mountain range, as illustrated to the front boards, epitomises the period and pupose of this book. xv, 388 p. incl. front., illus., diagrs : 8 maps (partly fold.) ; 22 cm. The copy itself is very good, light rubs to cloth extremities, a minor nick to cloth spine head, light surface rubs to rear cloth. Binding is tight and secure, and contents very good indeed. { representative images will soon follow } . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo.

$60.71

Footloose in the Himalaya
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Footloose in the Himalaya

By Harding, Mike

London: Michael Joseph, 1989. This is an account of an adventurous trek through Northern India by the author and his wife describing the country and its people, and describing how they became caught up in a border battle and survived a number of landslides. Review: Stylish prose and stunning photographs - both by Harding, a leading British entertainer and dedicated conservationist - combine to make this one of the year's most appealing travel books. In 1987, Harding set off with wife Pat for a trek through the mountains of northern India and Nepal. The object of the trip was to make a film for Britain's Central Television about the effects of deforestation on the area. Although the journey was marked by major and minor difficulties - missed plane connections, rickety suspension bridges, petulant yaks, a case of the "Green Apple Quickstep" - Harding retained both his sense of humor and his sense of wonder. His plans were disrupted by events ranging from army maneuvers to blown-out tires, but he managed to visit many of the Buddhist monasteries that dot the countryside, making friends with the red- and yellow-robed monks. Harding is especially adept at capturing the character of those he encounters along the way - for example, the rude trekker who stormed about The Himalaya View lodge in Nepal. "He wouldn't have walked up to the front desk of the Tel Aviv Hilton in his underwear shouting for hot water," Harding writes, "so why was he doing it here?" Harding writes, "so why was he doing it here?" Harding also describes The Hotel Everest View, located 14,000 feet above sea level. Here, the dining room bears a sign reading "Oxygen available in all rooms. Please ask management." When guests started dropping like flies owing to altitude sickness, business at the luxury caravansary plummeted. Today, it's nearly deserted. Harding's writing is a lively blend of the humorous, the exotic, and the affectionate, but it's his 150 color photographs that really distinguish this work. Clear and crisp as mountain air, they are dazzling. (Kirkus Reviews): xiii,242]p. : col.ill., col.maps,col.ports. ; 19cm. Includes index. A very fresh copy in like Jacket. Neat, small label of previous owner to front free end paper. Size: Landscape Location: [ BR2/1 ]. First Edition.. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Landscape.

$11.47