Berge in alle Ewigkeit, by Jost Perfahl. Salzburg/Stuttgart: Verlag Das Bergland Buch, 1960. 351 pages, with 22 plates (5 in color), and bibliography. Sw. Fr. 16.80.
Mountain experiences and tragedies of all periods, from Hannibal to Harrer, form this anthology of original sources in Alpine literature. The reader has before him the adventures of the men who first stood on Mont Ventoux and Mont Aiguille, as well as those of the conquerors of Mont Blanc and its aiguilles, the Schreckhorn, Weisshorn and Matterhorn, the Dachstein and Gross Venediger. Primarily a collection of documents from Europe’s best known climbers, it is further supplemented by extracts from Livy, Leonardo, Gesner, Goethe and others. The illustrations are striking, but for the most part do not depict actual climbing, the captions being awkwardly placed at the end of the book, which is completed by a full bibliography.
J. Monroe Thorington