The High Alps of New Zealand: or A Trip to the Glaciers of the Antipodes with an Ascent of Mount Cook: Green, William Spotswood
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The High Alps of New Zealand: or A Trip to the Glaciers of the Antipodes with an Ascent of Mount Cook

Author(s): Green, William Spotswood

Copyright: 1883, MacMillan, London
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.xiv, 350, 32, frontis w/ tissue guard, 2 maps (1 fldg), 2 figures, appendices, gilt-lettered red cloth
Condition: cloth chipped top spine, dampstain to rear cover, hinges taped, DPL, Montagnier, & AAC/Montagnier bookplates, DPL stamp to title & marks to copyright page, miss frontis tissue guard, fair

Green was an Irish clergyman who made many early explorations of the New Zealand Alps and Canadian Rockies. In 1882 he abandoned the first ascent of Mount Cook by turning back a few feet from the summit to avoid being benighted. His uncompleted ascent, by a route which was not finished until many years later, marks the start of high alpine climbing in New Zealand. An important work. A nice association copy. Neate G51.

DPL (Denver Public Library) – For a time, the AAC held its Rocky Mountain Regional Depository Collection at the Denver Public Library. A change in the Denver Library’s policy resulted in this collection of AAC books being relocated to the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1981 with some portion then returning to the Club’s Library.

Montagnier, Henry Fairbanks (1877 – 1933) – Member of the AAC, Alpine Club, Club Alpin Francais (honorary), Italian Alpine Club, Himalayan Club, Japanese Alpine Club and Schweizer Alpen-Club. He did much of the early research for, and collaborated with, Douglas Freshfield in writing ‘The Life of Horace Benedict de Saussure’ (1920). He was a student of Alpine history, climbed over 70 peaks in the Alps, and knew the leading climbers of his day. His collection of mountaineering literature, over 4000 volumes, became the most noted in Europe and was presented to the AAC, thus forming the basis of the AAC Library and known as The Montagnier Library.

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