Conrad Gesner: On the Admiration of Mountains, Grabhorn Press, one of 325 copi..

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Conrad Gesner: On the Admiration of Mountains, the prefatory letter addressed to Jacob Avienus, Physician, in Gesner's pamphlet "On Milk and Substances prepared from Milk," first printed at Zurich in 1543. A Description of the Riven Mountain, commonly called Mount Pilatus, addressed to J. Chrysostome Huber, originally printed with another work of Gesner's at Zurich in 1555. Translated by H. B. D. Soule. Together with: On Conrad Gesner and The Mountaineering of Theuerdank, by J. Monroe Thorington. Bibliographical Notes by W. Dock and J. Monroe Thorington. Author: Conrad Gesner, H. B. D. Soule (Translator), J. Monroe Thorington (Bibliographical Notes), and W. Dock (Bibliographical Notes) Publisher: The Grabhorn Press Release Date: 1937 Seller Category: ANTIQUARIAN Qty Available: 1 Condition: Used: Very Good Sku: 00246 Notes: Very Good, Limited Edition, one of 325 copies, First Edition thus, 8vo, 11 1/2" x 8 1/2." Beige patterned cloth-covered boards backed with beige cloth. Brown and orange motifs decorate the front and back. Pink-orange lettering to spine. Covers are darkened with slightly bumped tips and edge wear, else clean and intact, binding tight. Pages clean and intact except for age-toning, occasional faint marks, and offsetting to endpapers. A beautiful book with fine paper featuring artfully made text and illustrations. 54 pp., including eight black-and-white illustrations. Back colophon: "Three hundred & twenty-five copies printed by Edwin & Robert Grabhorn, San Francisco; Initial letters by Dorothy Grover. Binding by W. Wheeler." Remarkable book printed by the founders of the renowned Grabhorn Press, Edwin & Robert Grabhorn. Reprint of a treatise and love letter to the Alps by the Swiss botanist, naturalist, physician, and author, Conrad Gesner (1516-1565), in which he writes of the beauties of the mountains and the joys of mountaineering. Excerpt from W. Dock's introduction: "In the translation of those pages and the reproduction of the earliest Alpine plates we hope to awaken even after four centuries something of the wonder of the days when Conrad Gesner botanized, when Emperor Maximilian hunted the chamois, and both, climbing in the mountains for study and for sport, found recreation and intense delight."

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