The White Spider: The History of the Eiger's North Face

Harrer, Heinrich

Published by Rupert Hart-Davis, 1959
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First printing: date of 1959 on title page; "This translation copyright Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd., 1959," no additional printings listed, on the copyright page. Translated from the German by Hugh Merrick. Harrer (1912-2006) chronicles two decades of "Mordwand"--the 13,000-foot Swiss death wall that was first climbed by a party that included Harrer (author of "Seven Years in Tibet") in 1938 and has since claimed the lives of more than sixty climbers. Bound in blue cloth-covered boards with silver lettering on the spine; top page edges tinted gray. Laid in is a newspaper clipping of a contemporary review, from an unknown British newspaper. Former owner name and "1960" in ink on front endpaper, else unmarked. Book is tight and square; one corner, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price 30s net, at bottom of front flap); chipped at spine ends and corners; edgewear. Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The White Spider: The History of the Eiger's...
Publisher: Rupert Hart-Davis
Publication Date: 1959
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Edition: First Edition

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Book Description Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1960. Cloth. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st English Edition. 8vo. Translated From The German By Hugh Merrick. B/W Plates, One Foldout. Newspaper Clipping Pasted To Front Free Endpaper, Also Inscription On That Page, Edges Foxed And Worn, Spine Ends, Corners Bumped, Dustjacket Worn, Tears To Spine And Flaps, Now Protected. Bookseller Inventory # 024926

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Book Description Rupert Hart-Davis. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. B001AU7NWM Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders. Bookseller Inventory # 267949

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Book Description Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1961. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 2nd Impression. 165X235mm. Blue boards with silver lettering on spine. Binding is tidy and neat. Edges of boards are lightly faded and thumbed, therefore a little discoloured. Head and tail of spine bumped. Pages throughout are lightly and evenly discoloured due to age. Free endpapers, pastedowns, title page and the occasional page are lightly foxed. Page edges are lightly discoloured and bear the odd scuff mark and some foxing, else in good condition. Dust wrapper is showing some wear and tear at the edges. General discolouration on back and fold backs. Rubbed, thumbed and lightly creased, yet in good condition.The dustwrapper is covered in archival plastic. *We always describe the faults of our books meticulously but they usually present better than they sound. Bookseller Inventory # MTN031

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Book Description Rupert Hart-Davis. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. B001AU7NWM Good condition, binding and pages show signs of wear, no dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1021687

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Book Description Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1965. Hard Cover. Book Condition: VG. Dust Jacket Condition: VG-. Revised Edition. VG/VG-. 8vo. original blue boards (leaf edges a bit spotted, endpapers a trifle offset, corners a little rubbed & bumped) in dustwrapper (price-clipped, edges rubbed with wear to extremities); pp. 310, with 39 plates, folding panorama + double-page plan. A very good copy. [Neate H41: The author, an Austrian mountaineer, took part in the first ascent of the Eiger North Face in 1938 after there had been several attempts and fatalities]. From the library of Australian pioneer climber and publisher, Chris Baxter, with his details to FFE, dated the year of publication. Bookseller Inventory # 009922

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Book Description UNKNOWN. Rupert Hart-Davis, 1959. First english edition. A very good copy marked by light foxing scattered throughout. A school presentation plate is affixed to the front pastedown and there is a original booksellers stamp to the front free endpaper. The folding map photograph is intact. Generally a very nice copy of this scarce edition. The d/w is very good and bright with light rubbing and edge wear. Now in a protective cover. Scans available if required. Bookseller Inventory # 4487365

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Heinrich Harrer (Translated from the German by Hugh Merrick)
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Book Description RUPERT HART-DAVIS, London, 1959. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. The book itself is in near fine condition, the dust jacket is creased, with one tear repaired with cellotape to the rear. Harrer and a friend, Fritz Kasparek, resolved to be the first to climb the North Face of the Eiger (3,970 m, 13,025 ft) in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland. The near vertical wall, with its ice-field known as The White Spider, had claimed several lives; and the Bernese authorities even banned climbing it. Following his university finals in July 1938, Harrer and Kasparek traveled to Kleine Scheidegg at the foot of the Eiger and set out on their climb. Halfway up the mountain, Harrer and Kasparek encountered another team making the attempt, Ludwig Vörg and Anderl Heckmair from Germany. The four decided to make the rest of the climb as a single team, with the experienced Heckmair leading. Eiger North Face, Bernese Alps, Switzerland Throughout the climb, the four men were constantly threatened by snow avalanches and rock falls. They were caught in an avalanche as they climbed the White Spider on the upper face, but all possessed sufficient strength to resist being swept off the face. The members successfully reached the summit at four o'clock in the afternoon 24 July 1938. This first ascent of the Eiger North Face was described by Italian climber Reinhold Messner as "a glorious moment in the history of mountaineering and a great sensation. Bookseller Inventory # 000917

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Book Description Rupert Hart- Davis, London, 1959. Hard. Book Condition: Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. (first edition). Translated from the German by Hugh Merrick. Dust jacket edgeworn, chipped along head of front cover, corners and head/foot of spine, rear cover scuffed in places, front and rear boards slightly edgeworn, some light spotting to closed edges of text block at reading edge, previous owner's inscription to fep, pp clean and clear to read, binding sprung but secure. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 54128

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Book Description Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1959. Hard Cover. Book Condition: VG-. Dust Jacket Condition: G. First Edition. VG-/G. 8vo. original blue boards (paperstock a little tanned, board edges a little sunned, rubbed and grubby, a few marks to endpapers, else internally clean) in dustwrapper (edges rubbed and frayed, with tearing / creasing to extremities); pp. 240, with 39 plates, folding panorama + double-page plan. A very good copy in a worn dustwrapper. [Neate H41: The author, an Austrian mountaineer, took part in the first ascent of the Eiger North Face in 1938 after there had been several attempts and fatalities]. The rare first UK edition. Bookseller Inventory # 006476

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Book Description Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1959. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. A Near Fine copy in a Very Good / Fine Dust Wrapper. Small neat 1959 name and date from previous owner and climber. With a number of newspaper articles concerning the ascent of the Eiger from the 1960s loosely inserted. A really great copy of this landmark work. Bookseller Inventory # 007190

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