The Exploration of The Caucasus. With Illustrations by Vittorio Sella.

  • Freshfield, Douglas W.
  • London: Edward Arnold 1896


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2 vols., large 8vo, pp. xxiii, [i], 278; x, 295, [1] + 2 frontispieces, 74 further plates, 4 folding maps (one kept in a pocket at rear of vol. 2) and 3 panoramas. Further illustrations within the text, several full-page. Original quarter green cloth, green cloth boards, boards lettered and blocked in gilt, spines lettered in gilt, top edges gilt. Bindings sunned, particularly to spines, and a touch soiled, endpapers toned.


Freshfield was inculcated into Alpinism from an early age by his mother, the mountaineer Jane Freshfield, and made the first ascent of Tour Ronde in 1867 at the age of 22. Latterly he served as president of the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club, editing the journal of the latter organisation in the 1870s. This book details his excursions into the mountainous region to the south of Russia, and reproduces striking photographs by Italian mountaineer and photographer Vittoria Sella (1859-1943) in photogravure, many of them representing the first photographs taken of these areas.

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