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Descent (23)
  • Descent (23)

Descent (23), second-hand


Descent (23), April 1973


Collector's copy: price includes postage and takes condition and scarcity into account. See Data tab for details of condition, general notes provides information about second-hand copies of Descent. For posting outside the UK, please contact us direct.
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Descent (23), April 1973

British Bottom Spluga in Record Time

The latest expedition ranks the Italian system of the Spluga della Preta as the hardest cave in the world!

White Rose Fail to Pass Corchia Choke

The final choke in the Antro del Corchia has repulsed all attempts to extend the cave.

UBSS Tackle 669ft Puzzle Shaft

In Yugoslavia for a change, UBSS cavers push a deep system.

Poland: Technical Nightmare for WSG

Westminster SG members find the caves in Poland some of the most technically difficult they have ever encountered.

PSM and M3 Link ‘Imminent’

The summer of 1972 saw a large British contingent in France, hoping to forge a major link.

Spain Tightens Cave Access

New ramifications to the Spanish cave access system make themselves felt.

CRG Ponder Up-dating of Survey Grading

There are recommended changes to surveying grades on their way.

Ogof Dydd Byraf

The story behind the fight to save a cave situated in a Welsh quarry.

The NCA – Its Role in British Caving

Finally, the Sports Council has recognised that caving is not your average sport!

Cover: Lifelining the second pitch in New Goydon Pot. Photo: Paul Deakin

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Data sheet

Card cover
Small format: 16cm x 20cm approx.
40 inc. cover
Publication date:
April 1973
Detailed condition:
Cover and pages clean and unmarked; staples with no rust; almost as new
As new, minor blemishes
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Where more than one copy is available, that in the best condition will be supplied
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Second-hand copies of Descent

With such a wealth of information contained in the pages of Descent, out-of-print editions have become much sought after. To help collectors and researchers, where possible second-hand copies are available to supplement the back issues in stock.

Availability of these varies a great deal. Some early and a few later editions are very scarce. Prices vary widely, according both to scarcity and condition – to a collector, creases or a stamped imprint would affect an issue's desirability, while clubs may only wish to have a 'reading copy' to place in the library. In short, expect prices higher than those for back issues – especially for copies in good condition – although sometimes a second-hand copy may be damaged and thus be cheaper than a back issue.

Contents lists of the main articles may be found by looking at individual issues.

Please note that second-hand stocks can and do change rapidly. Different copies of the same issue may be available at differing prices, depending on condition, so use a search to uncover any others. Also note that not all the second-hand stock of Descent is online: if you are looking for a copy in a different conditions, or one that is not online, please contact us to enquire.

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Descent (23), second-hand

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Collector's copy: price includes postage and takes condition and scarcity into account. See Data tab for details of condition, general notes provides information about second-hand copies of Descent. For posting outside the UK, please contact us direct.

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