Item #69090 Climbing on The Himalaya and Other Mountain Ranges. John Norman COLLIE.
Climbing on The Himalaya and Other Mountain Ranges
Climbing on The Himalaya and Other Mountain Ranges
Climbing on The Himalaya and Other Mountain Ranges

First Edition

Climbing on The Himalaya and Other Mountain Ranges.

Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1902.

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COLLIE, John Norman. Climbing on The Himalaya and Other Mountain Ranges. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1902.

First edition. Octavo (8 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches; 220 x 145 mm). [12], 315, [1, publisher's ad] pp. With 18 plates, 15 of which are photogravures and include the frontispiece and one which is double-paged. Three folding colored maps. With half-title. All photogravure plates with tissue guards.

Publisher's full green ribbed cloth. Spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Minor shelfwear to corners and head and tail of spine. Some very light rubbing to boards. Previous owner's small bookplate on front pastedown. Overall a near fine copy.

While this book mainly focuses on the Himalaya, it also discusses his first ascents in the Lofoten Islands, further climbs in Britain and the Alps. It also contains with a general history of mountaineering in the Himalaya, and an appendix with a list of Himalayan peaks over 24,000 ft. and a short bibliography.

John Norman Collie was a "Professor of Chemistry at the College of the Pharmaceutical Society, London and Professor of Organic Chemistry at University College, London, 1902-1928. He collaborated with William Ramsay on work on argon and helium and constructed the first neon lamp; and in 1896 worked on X-ray photography." (The British Museum). "Besides his eminence as a scientist, he acquired great fame as a climber and explorer of mountains. Beginning with the Cuillin peaks in Skye, where he discovered many new climbs, he climbed with notable success in the Alps, and went in 1895 with A. F. Mummery to the Himalayas, where they attempted the ascent of Nanga Parbat; during this expedition Mummery was killed, an episode which deeply affected Collie. The latter also climbed in the Lofoten islands off the Norwegian coast, but his greatest work was done in his pioneering climbing, mapping, and surveying in the Canadian Rockies. His books, Climbing on the Himalaya and other Mountain Ranges (1902) and (with Hugh E. M. Stutfield) Climbs and Exploration in the Canadian Rockies (1903), are famous records. In Britain, Collie climbed particularly in Skye, Snowdon, and the Lake District. He was elected president of the Alpine Club in 1920 and was an honorary member of many other climbing clubs." (Oxford DNB).

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