London: Edwin Arnold, 1896.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Two volumes in original green cloth, pp xxiii, 278; x, 295, complete with 76 full-page photographic plates, 4 color folding maps (one in rear pocket), 3 folding panoramas, additional illustrations in the text. Boards have some old insect nibbling at the edges, corners bumped, spines browned as usual; internally clean and sound. Bookplate of R. Jewell, Thurleigh House, on front pastedown of each volume. Freshfield (1835-1934) was a geographer and accomplished mountaineer. "While still a schoolboy he ascended Mont Blanc, and in the 1860s and 1870s made at least twenty first ascents, chiefly in the lesser-known Italian Alps....In 1868 he explored, together with Charles Tucker, Adolphus Moor, and his lifelong friend François Devouassoud, the central Caucasus, which, except for the lower heights, were then unknown. He made the first ascent of Kazbek (16,546 ft), Elbrus (18,470 ft), and several other peaks, and recorded the existence of large glaciers in the regions between them." After returning to the Caucasus in 1887 and 1889, he published this work, which was the authority on the region for many years. The photographs by Sella are regarded as some of the finest mountain images ever produced. Shipping cost will be more than standard for priority or international orders. Please enquire.