Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 25, 2014 - 03:35pm PT
I've got books to donate. Some are old guidebooks, useful either because they're historical, out of print, or for obscure locations. Some are histories, especially a bunch of polar expedition type stuff. And there's also a bunch of American Alpine and Canadian Alpine Club journals.
I'm selling the rarer stuff, probably to Chessler, but I'm wondering about where to donate the other stuff. I don't wanna just dump it in a general bookstore because odds are those who are interested won't find any of this stuff.
I'm in the SF East Bay, so local outfits would be nice. My library may be interested in some of the hard covers, but I'd like to donate as much as possible in one big batch.
Also I'm sure Swan books in Walnut creek, a purveyor of vintage, rare and classic books, with a special place in its heart for climbing / Mountaineering Literature, ( they have a signed Whymper!!) would love to help you with that!
Chessler didn't really have much interest; they are currently selling stuff I had and didn't need more copies. I'll try to get a more detailed list together, but here's a general rundown:
A 1st ed Norman Clyde of the High Sierra, paperback
Bunches of La Siesta Press and Wilderness Press guidebooks ca. 1970 or so, Tahquitz guides, J-Tree, etc. Sierra climbing guides back to say 1968.
A lot of Sierra Club books from when they promotoed climbing, like 1960 Belaying the Leader. Club "Totebook" series guides, mostly for trails and such in the Sierra.
Some old skiing guides, Mt Rainier climbing guide.
A mess of Sierra Club Ascents back to 1968.
And a lot of more recent, like 80's guidebooks, some for the Canadian Rockies. Picture books and history books of more recent vintage for Selkirks, published by Rocky Mountain Books or Alpine Club of Canada, and some harder to find in the US books about mountain history up there.
Old American Alpine Club journals to 1969.
A bunch of it wouldn't be considered rare or collectible or anything, but might be of interest just to someone interested in the history of the area. Or just needs some old climbing lit to look cool on their shelf (along with some old gear I could sell...Goldline rope, anyone?).
Maybe I should just have a climberish garage sale. My attic looks like REI in 1970.