17 September 1999
F.S. Smythe (1900-1949)
Peaks and Valleys. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1938. 4 (27 x 20cm.) Coloured frontispiece and monochrome plates after photographs by the author. Original cream buckram, lettered in brown, dust-jacket. Provenance: Lt.-Col. Peter Roderick Oliver (1909-1945, ownership inscription).
A bronze commemorative statuette of a climber on a rock face, inscribed around base: 'Mount Everest. October-November 1938,' one of a limited edition presented to each member of the expedition, Oliver's example (but with plaque removed), 17cm. high.(And:] 4 other books from Oliver's library (Hugh Rutledge's Everest: the unfinished adventure, London, 1937; another copy of Smythe's Peaks and Valleys; and 2 copies of H. W. Tilman's The Mount Everest Expedition of 1938, reprinted from The Geographical Journal, 6 December, 1938, one copy inscribed to Oliver by N. E. Odell). (2)
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This lot does not include the statuette. The lot contains the five books on mountaineering.
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