STANDARD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MOUNTAINS by Anthony-Ed. Huxley

STANDARD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MOUNTAINS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This will probably be the standard reference book in its field for those interested in the hard facts and the fascinating miscellany of the world's mountain ranges. There are 300 major articles, a gazetteer with 1,500 entries, a glossary of geographical and mountaineering terms, short biographies of notable mountaineers, two-color reference maps, magnificent photographs, and a comprehensive index. Anthony Huxley prefaces the work with a short history of man's changing attitudes towards his surrounding summits -- the distrust of the Greeks, their allocation of the bleak and rarified mountain top to the inferior deity; the pleasure the Hebrews elicited from their mountains, the biblical significance of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments upon a mountain; the acquired taste for high places with the revival of Gothic Architecture. Even those who would claim they couldn't care less about the subject, will be taken by the quality of the prose and the humanistic preoccupation here with the phenomenon and its ""total relationship to man.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1962
Publisher: Putnam