Hard Cover. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1899. Near Fine.
Later printing (Silver Library Edition). Personal copy of mountaineer George Lowe, with his bookplate adhered to the verso of the front free endpaper. Publisher's maroon cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt. Near fine, with a slight lean and some minor toning to the spine, bright gilt, some light spotting to the page edges, faint scattered spotting to the otherwise fresh pages, sturdy spine. Overall, a tight and fresh copy. First published in 1871, The Playground of Europe is a collection of essays by English author and mountaineer Leslie Stephen. One of the earliest members of the Alpine Club (the first mountaineering club), Stephen was renowned for his climbs in the Alps, which he discusses in these essays. In addition to providing detailed accounts of the author's historic climbs, this text provides insight into the earliest years of organized mountaineering and is therefore an important historical source on the sport. Notably, Leslie Stephen was the father of Bloomsbury Group members Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.