THE LAST OF HIS KIND: THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF BRADFORD WASHBURN, AMERICA'S BOLDEST MOUNTAINEER (SIGNED)
New York: William Morrow and Company, 2009. Stated First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Grey and black boards. 25 photographs. 334 pp. Signed by author David Roberts on title page. Near Fine in Near Fine Dustjacket. Item #85033
"Washburn's remarkable achievbements -- including nine first ascents of North American peaks -- would stamp him not only as one of a kind, but, as one of a Boston Brahmin family whose roots trace back to the Mayflower, this highly intelligent, impatient and stubborn iconoclast published books, made a monumental first ascent in the French Alps that would become a touchstone in mountaineering history, and lectured on his adventures -- including an address to the National Geographic Society -- while still in his teens. In 1935, at the age of twenty-four, while others were turning their attention to the Himalaya, the Harvard-educated Washburn led a three-month journey across what was then the largest remaining unexplored territory in North America -- the 6,400 square miles of glaciers and mountains in the frozen heart of Alaska's Saint Elias Range. In addition to his prowess as a mountaineer and photographer, Washburn was also a renowned surveyor and cartographer, producing maps of little-known terrain -- the Grand Canyon, Mt. McKinley, and Mt. Everest -- that surpassed those that came before, and several of which remain the standard..." (front flap).