New York: Pantheon Books, 2003 First American edition, first printing. Personal copy of mountaineer George Lowe, with his bookplate adhered to the front pastedown. Publisher's mustard yellow boards and grey cloth, lettered in silver; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Justin Salvas, with a photograph of a mountain pass by Georges Tairraz to the front panel, lettered in white. Near fine, with a hint of wear to the spine ends, lower corner of the front board lightly bumped, bright and clean interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some light creasing to the lower corner of the front panel, else fine. Overall, a tight and attractive copy. Macfarlane's first book, Mountains of the Mind is a meditation on Western peoples' perceptions and reactions to mountain ranges published in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Everest. Specifically, he "blends cultural history, meditation, and memoir" to consider how mountains transformed in Westerners' collective conscious from foreboding structures with mythical properties to romantic natural wonders. Notably, Macfarlane pays particular attention to the achievements of esteemed British mountaineer George Mallory, who disappeared on Everest along with Andrew Irvine during a 1924 expedition.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included. (Inventory #: WGL019)
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