Ascent to the Summit of Mont Blanc in 1834: Barry, Martin
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Ascent to the Summit of Mont Blanc in 1834

Author(s): Barry, Martin

Copyright: 1836, William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh
Specifications: 2nd, 8vo, pp.ii, 119, frontis, lithograph, fldg panorama, uncut, marbled eps, black boards
Condition: rebacked w/ gilt-lettered black leather spine, faint square mark to front cover, new eps, frontis separated, chipping to edges of both plates, panorama taped on folds, tight, very good

Barry was accompanied by six guides when he made, according to his calculations, the 16th ascent (20th person not counting guides) of Mont Blanc. Meckly credits him with the 17th and Perret with the 21st ascent. Barry’s account of his ascent was republished in 1836 as a series of two lectures which vastly expanded the text of the first edition by threefold. The 2nd edition also included a very nice folding panorama of Mont Blanc as well as color versions of the two lithographs provided in the first edition, although in this particular copy the two lithographs are not colored. This is from the Ladd Collection although it does not bear William nor John Ladd’s names. Meckly 014, Neate B49, Perret 275.

Ladd, William S., MD. (1887 – 1949) – AAC Councilor (1923-25), Vice-President (1926-28), President (1929-31), Honorary Member (1949) and member of the Alpine Club of Canada, the Alpine Club, and Club Alpin Francais (honorary). He started climbing at an early age with ascents of Mt. Hood (1904, 1905, 1911) and in the Canadian Rockies (1905). He made the first ascent of Mt. Saskatchewan, Canada, (1923, with Conrad Kain), attempted Mt. Fairweather (1926) and was a member of the first ascent team in 1931, and climbed in the Alps (1928). Ladd oversaw the participation and the founding of the Union International des Associations d’Alpinism (UIAA) and gave the gift of the AAC’s first clubhouse, an old fire station located on the upper East side of Manhattan. During his term the first American Alpine Journal was published (1929).

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