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A Survey of Early American Ascents In the Alps In the Nineteenth Century

Author(s): Thorington, J. Monroe

Copyright: 1943, AAC, [NY]
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.vii, 83, frontis, 43 bw illus, red cloth
Condition: cloth w/ top spine chipped, former label mark bottom spine, lib label on front cover, remnant of Thorington bookplate, DPL & AAC/Thorington bookplates, DPL stamp to title/copyright page & top edge, pen additions in back in Thorington’s hand, tight, vg

A detailed account of ascents from 1819 to 1899 derived from original accounts, diaries, letters, etc. Neate T29.

Thorington, James Monroe (1894 – 1989) – AAC President (1941-43), Honorary Member (1949), member Alpine Club (honorary), Alpine Club of Canada (honorary), Deutschen und Österreichischen Alpenverein, Club Alpin Francais, Schweizer Alpen-Club, and the Royal Geographical Society. Thorington was a member of the AAC for 64 years and editor of the AAJ for 12 years. Under Thorington, the Club became “the publisher of last resort” for mountaineers, ensuring that information was published which would otherwise not see the light of day. Thorington was perhaps the ultimate scholar of alpinism for the Club and involved in producing a long series of guide books. He spent many years climbing in the Canadian Northwest, with over 50 ascents, the Alps, England, Norway, Lapland, and Sicily. Mount Thorington, in the Purcell Range, bears his name. Thorington was the author of ‘The Glittering Mountains of Canada’ (1925), ‘Mont Blanc Sideshow’ (1934), ‘A Survey of Early American Ascents In the Alps In the Nineteenth Century’ (1943), ‘The Purcell Range of British Columbia’ (1946), translator and editor of Kain’s ‘Where the Clouds Can Go’ (1935), as well as numerous articles. Very few members gave so much of themselves to the Club.

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.

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