FIRST EDITION OF THE MAKING OF A MOUNTAINEER
FINCH, George Ingle. The Making of a Mountaineer. London: Arrowsmith, (1924). Octavo, original blue cloth, front cover gilt-stamped with a vignette of a mountain climber. $800.
First edition, illustrated with 54 plates of photographs.
An Australian chemist primarily known for his scientific contribution of the perfect vacuum, George Ingle Finch “also made an outstanding contribution, with George M. Mallory in the 1922 Mount Everest expedition, both in climbing and as a pioneer in the use of oxygen. He took an important part in the development of the (open circuit) type of apparatus which was used in the attempt on the summit, and with Bruce he led the second climbing post to 27,300 feet” (DNB). The Making of a Mountaineer is primarily an account of Finch’s early climbing experiences in the Alps, with the final chapter dedicated to his Everest exploits. Without dust jacket, as issued. Neate 267. A clipping of Finch’s 1970 obituary affixed to front pastedown.
Gilt bright and lovely, only light foxing to top edge. A fine copy.