The High Alps of New Zealand: A Trip to the Glaciers of the Antipodes with an Ascent of Mount Cook
Green, William Spotswood; [Lowe, George]
Price: 350.00 USD
London: Macmillan & Co, 1883. Signed. First edition, first printing. Personal copy of mountaineer George Lowe, with his bookplate adhered to the front verso of the front free endpaper. Inscribed by Lowe on the half-title: "W.G. Lowe / 1950." Publisher's red cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt, ruled in black, black coated endpapers. Good ex-library (NZ) copy, with a large library label to the front board, remnants of a former owner's plate over the library plate to the front board, light wear to the extremities, some toning to the spine, a hint of soiling to the boards, spine cracked and holding inside the covers, otherwise sturdy spine, former owner's inscriptions to the half-title, title page, and page ix, otherwise bright and clean pages. Overall, a presentable copy, signed by Lowe prior to the infamous 1953 Mount Everest Expedition. The High Alps of New Zealand is Irish mountaineer William Spotswood Green's account of his climbing expedition in the Southern Alps and, specifically, his attempt to climb Mount Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand. Although he was ultimately unsuccessful, Green came within sixty meters of the summit and remained the highest point achieved on Mt. Cook until its first ascension in 1894. In addition to his account of the Southern Alps, Green touches on his Australian climbs, and provides appendices for both novice and experienced climbers. Good. 1st Edition. Good.