London: Methuen, 1899.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 390 pp, with index, half-tone and photogravure illustrations from photographs by the author and by Arthur E. Lightbody and Stuart Vines, folding panorama, 2 folding maps. Bound in original red cloth with gilt lettering, image of a condor on upper board. Upper corners bumped (visible on text block), spine just slightly faded, text clean, binding sound. FitzGerald (1871-1931) was a wealthy American-born mountaineer best known for organizing the expedition described here. Having previously climbed in the Alps and New Zealand, he set his sights on South America in 1896. "He took a geologist, surveyor, engineer, and naturalist to make scientific surveys, and six alpine guides led by Mattias Zurbriggen. FitzGerald made several unsuccessful attempts before Zurbriggen went on alone to make the first ascent of Aconcagua (22,835 feet), the highest peak in the Americas" (DNB). Neate F37.