London: Edward Arnold, 1896. First edition. Hardcover. Freshfield [1845-1934] was a British lawyer, author and a keen traveler and mountaineer. He edited the Alpine Journal from 1872 to 1880, was an active member of the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club and served as President of both. He teamed with Italian photographer Vittorio Sella for this work. Freshfield was the first foreigner to reach the Eastern Summit on Elbrus; he led an exploration of the Caucasus and was the first man, officially, to conquer Kazbek with guides from the village Gergeti. Freshfield also became the first mountaineer to examine the western face of Kangchenjunga, which rises from the Kangchenjunga Glacier.
Two vols, 4to, Vol. I, xxiii, 278pp; Vol. II, x, 295pp, with total 76 full page b&w photographic plates, 4 color folding maps (one in end pocket), 3 folding b&w panoramas, b&w illustrations in the text (complete). Green cloth covers with gilt floral decoration on both boards, gilt text on spine and front, beveled edges. Spines sunned, ruffling at head and foot. Vol. I, gutter split at pp 96, all pages, boards and covers intact and holding. Internally, scattered foxing at late pages. Clean and bright copy overall. OCLC: 602836986. Very good overall. Item #20423