Nineteen stories, the majority of them fiction, salted with a few factual records, these are singularly high level interest for those to whom tales of mountaineering hold fascination. Many of the writers -- whether the stories are fiction or fact- are themselves experienced mountain climbers, and their roster includes such names as Ralph Bates, Kay Boyle, James Ramsay Ullman, E. H. Young and others less well known to the American public. The sources are varied in national backgrounds: the mountains of Britain, Spain, France, Austria- and predominantly the Alps are somewhat balanced by the Himalayas and the Rockies. For the essential flavor of the collection, sample a few:- Little Mother up the which H. C. Wells gets in a few wise cracks at the pros; Maiden, Maiden by Kay Boyle, which is more a psychological story of the effects of the mountains than a tale of climbing; Action by C. E. Montague, adventure with an odd twist; Over The Mountain by Ruthven Todd which is almost pure climbing. The market is an established one.