13th Dec, 2023 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 62


Vittorio Sella [1859-1943].
Mountain Views, six large format silver print photographs, comprising:
230 - Torre Mustagh dal Campo XI ai piedi de Golden Throne (telefotografia) [Muztagh or Mustagh Tower in the Karakoram range].
view taken by telephoto lens, lightly tinted, printed description on slip to lower margin, blind-stamped ‘Vittorio Sella, Biella’ lower right, portrait;
91 bis - Masherbrum dal Boltoro [Pakistan, formerly known as K1].
printed description on slip to lower margin, blind-stamped ‘Vittorio Sella, Biella’ lower right, 'Karakorum-Himalaya' or reverse, portrait;
90 bis - Masherbrum dal Baltoro [Pakistan, formerly known as K1].
Lightly tinted, printed description on slip to lower margin, landscape;
[Trango Towers, Northern Pakistan].
untitled, landscape;

[Snow covered summit, unidentified].
lightly tinted, blind-stamped ‘Vittorio Sella, Biella’ lower right, landscape;
[Unidentified mountain range with scree slopes in the foreground, possibly Siniolchu].
lightly tinted, landscape.
Silver prints on bromide double weight paper, sheet size 300mm x 397mm, unglazed glossy.
[provenance, the photographs were purchased in 1945 by the vendor’s father, a British Army Captain, while stationed in the town of Biella].
C Douglas Milner described Vittorio Bella as ‘the greatest of all photographers of [his] generation’ (A Century of Mountain Photography, Alpine Club Journal, Nov 1957). For a detailed description of his life and work, see Ronald Clark’s monograph ‘The Splendid Hills, The Life and Photographs of Vittorio Sella, 1859-1943’, Phoenix House, 1948. (6)

Sold for £1,100
Estimated at £300 - £500


A little dust marking on reverse of some prints, edges a little curled, otherwise no obvious defects.


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Auction: Books, Maps & Manuscripts, 13th Dec, 2023

The Books, Maps and Manuscripts sales encompass a broad range of collecting areas from early antiquarian books to modern first editions, which are sold alongside illustrations, private press, manuscripts, maps and atlases, early photographs, autographed letters and historic documents. Held four times a year, the specialist Book sales incorporate both private collections and libraries, and single lots from vendors across the United Kingdom.


Tuesday 12 December 10am-5pm and morning of sale from 8am

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