Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: OP2456-457
WITH AXE AND ROPE IN THE NEW ZEALAND ALPS George Edward Mannering 1891 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Mannering, George Edward
Price: $250.00

List Price: $500.00
You Save $250.00 (50%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
London, Longmans, 1891, 1st edition. 139 pp, 17 b/w plates and illustrations, folding color map. 24 pp advert Longmans, Green and Co. Catalogue of Works at the end. Original dark red cloth hardcover with gold title on sp[ine and cover, plus gold roper and ice axe on cover. Front cover is bright, with almost no edge wear or corner bumps. Spine is faded. Former owner's book plate on front end paper, no internal writing, no foxing, tight binding, Near Fine condition overall.

Memoirs of a New Zealand Mountaineer who was responsible for much exploration, climbing and survey work in the Mount Cook area. He was co-founder of the New Zealand Alpine Club with A.P. Harper. Hardcover in original red cloth with gold spine and cover lettering, and nice ice axe and rope design on the cover. 
 
"This work contains the story of five seasons climbing and exploring in the New Zealand Alps.The author trusts that the publication.will supply a want in the shape of a guide book to the alpine mountain district which is already beginning to be felt by tourists in New Zealand."  - from the Preface.

The account records five attempts to climb Aorangi (Mount Cook), including the successful ascent and descriptions of the Hochstetter, Tasman and Linda Glaciers. There is also a brief chapter on the formation and structure of the New Zealand glaciers and an account of the descent of the Waitaki River, in the Mount Cook range, by canoe, through the Pukaki Rapids to the sea at Waitaki itself. Although the Mount Cook area had been explored previously by numerous mountaineers, Manning was the first to reconnoiter the range comprehensively, as part of a Government survey with a full and properly equipped alpine party.'
 
George Edward Mannering was born at Birch Hill, North Canterbury, on 31 July 1862. His father, T. S. Mannering, arrived in New Zealand from England in 1852 and took up sheep farming. Mannering was brought up at Fernside Station from 1867. His education at Christ's College was interrupted during 187677 by a visit to England, in the course of which he attended King's College, Taunton, visited Switzerland and met his cousin, Harry Fox, a mountaineer afterwards killed in the Caucasus.
 
As a boy, Mannering acquired his exceptional skill and knowledge of shooting, riding, and fishing, but his love of the open air did not encourage him to take up farming which he tried briefly after leaving school in 1877. In 1878 he entered the Union Bank of Australia at Rangiora, and remained in its service until his retirement in 1924, serving as manager of the Hastings, New Plymouth, Timaru, Napier, and Christchurch branches.

Mannering was the moving spirit in a group of young New Zealanders who were fired by the example of the Rev. W. S. Green, whose party had nearly reached the summit of Mount Cook in 1882, to make ascents in their own highest mountains, teaching themselves how to climb largely by trial and error. He began on the outer ranges of Canterbury in winter, climbing Mount Torlesse in 1885, with Marmaduke Dixon, often his companion in later years. In 1886 he made his first visit to the Mount Cook area with his cousin, C. D. Fox, who had scrambled a little on Swiss glaciers. Mannering thereafter made a number of attempts on Mount Cook by Green's Linda route: the nearest to success was in December 1890 when he and Dixon turned back, late in the day, only 140 feet from the summit.

If they failed to climb the higher peaks, Mannering and his companions accomplished a great deal of exploration of lesser mountains and added with their growing experience to the self-confidence of New Zealand mountaineers, among whom in that generation only A. P. Harper had the advantage of overseas experience. With him in 1890 Mannering made the first crossing of the Ball Pass and first explored the Murchison Glacier (reaching Starvation Saddle which they had hoped, vainly, would lead them to the Tasman Glacier). Other achievements of Mannering were ascents of Hochstetter Dom, Mount Blackburn, the first crossing of Rutherford Pass from the Cass to the Murchison, and of Sealy Pass from the Godley to the Whataroa, the first ascents of Mount Rolleston (low peak) and Phipps in the Arthur's Pass district, and the first attempt on the difficult Cameron face of Mount Arrowsmith. His mountaineering was curtailed after his transfer to the North Island in 1897.

In 1891 Mannering joined with Harper, Dixon, and Ross in founding the New Zealand Alpine Club, in which he held office as editor, secretary (1895), and president (193234). In 1891 Mannering published With Axe and Rope in the New Zealand Alps which gave a graphic account of the difficulties of climbing in New Zealand; this helped to stimulate local as well as overseas interest in alpine work. In 1891 he was elected a member of the Alpine Club (London); in 1935 both the Alpine Club and the New Zealand Alpine Club made him an honorary member.

Mannering was twice married: in 1894 to Lucy Harvey Lean (d. 1913 one son, one daughter), and in 1921 to Dorothy Margaret Samuel (two sons, one daughter). In 1922 he visited Europe and at 60 climbed several Swiss peaks, including the Matterhorn. In 1932 he climbed Mount Torlesse on his seventieth birthday, and in 1941 Fog Peak on his seventy-ninth. In the meantime he had introduced his younger children to the mountains.

In 1943 Mannering published his genial memoirs, Eighty Years in New Zealand, which has value for its sidelights on social history (especially in Christchurch in the eighties and nineties) and for its evidence of the breadth of Mannering's sporting interests, which included tennis, golf, lacrosse, and canoeing, besides those already mentioned. In both his books he describes the adventurous journeys he and Dixon made down the Waimakariri and the Waitaki by canoe.

Mannering (who died in Christchurch on 29 October 1947) was a reserved, modest man who made a stronger impression in print than in his own person. He was the doyen of those mountaineers whose object was peaks rather than exploration. He was always enterprising and deserved greater success than he enjoyed. He had a gift of description which makes his first book especially highly interesting to a modern reader. To his contemporaries it was an inspiration, and he, more than any other individual, kindled the enthusiasm of succeeding generations of mountaineers.


Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
ZWEI KAUKASUS-EXPEDITIONEN [TWO CAUCASUS EXPEDITIONS] Andreas Fischer 1891 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Fischer, Andreas
Price $25.00 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $25.00 (50%)
- Item # OP5038-196
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE MAN ON THE END OF THE ROPE Paul Townend 1960 1st UK edition DJ
By: Townend, Paul
Price $35.00
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE MAN ON THE END OF THE ROPE Paul Townend 1960 1st USA edition DJ
By: Townend, Paul
Price $15.00
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE MAN ON THE END OF THE ROPE Paul Townend 1960 1st USA edition Ex Lib DJ
By: Townend, Paul
Price $10.00
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
WHERE THERE'S A WILL THERE'S A WAY: AN ASCENT OF MONT BLANC BY A NEW ROUTE AND WITHOUT GUIDES Hudson, Charles and Edward Shirley Kennedy New Paperback 2 Copies Available
By: Hudson, Charles and Edward Shirley Kennedy
Price $9.95 ~ Regular $30.00, You Save $20.05 (67%)
- Item # BK2352-6112
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TRAVELS AMONGST THE GREAT ANDES OF THE EQUATOR 2 Volumes Edward Whymper 1891-92 1st UK ed Near Fine 2 Sets Available
By: Whymper, Edward
Price $299.00 ~ Regular $999.00, You Save $700.00 (70%)
- Item # OP1729F-2812
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TRAVELS AMONGST THE GREAT ANDES OF THE EQUATOR 2 Volumes Edward Whymper 1891-92 2nd UK ed Very Good 2 Sets Available
By: Whymper, Edward
Price $149.00 ~ Regular $400.00, You Save $251.00 (63%)
- Item # OP1729H-2812
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE PAMIRS AND THE SOURCE OF THE OXUS George N. Curzon 1896 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Curzon, George N.
Price $150.00
- Item # OP5045-196
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE LAND OF THE LAMAS: NOTES OF A JOURNEY THROUGH CHINA MONGOLIA AND TIBET. William Woodville Rockhill 1891 1st Am edition VG
By: Rockhill, William Woodville.
Price $95.00 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $155.00 (62%)
- Item # OP489B-357
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE HIGH ALPS OF NEW ZEALAND: OR A TRIP TO THE GLACIERS OF THE ANTIPODES WITH AN ASCENT OF MOUNT COOK W. S. Green 1976 Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Green, William Spotswood
Price $14.95 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $35.05 (70%)
- Item # OP532-457
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
Sorry, we were unable find any similar items available by this author.


EXPLORATON NEW ZEALAND John Pascoe 1971 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Pascoe, John
Price $35.00 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $40.00 (53%)
- Item # OP5065-457
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
I COME FROM THE STONE AGE Heinrich Harrer 1964 1st US edition DJ VG - Near Fine
By: Harrer, Heinrich
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $30.01 (75%)
- Item # OP112A-793
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLASSIC TRAMPS IN NEW ZEALAND.
By: Roos, Constance
Price $19.95
- Item # GB330
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
AORANGI: THE STORY OF MOUNT COOK Jim Wilson 1968 1st ed DJ
By: Wilson, Jim.
Price $25.00 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $15.00 (38%)
- Item # OP830-116
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE HIGH ALPS OF NEW ZEALAND: OR A TRIP TO THE GLACIERS OF THE ANTIPODES WITH AN ASCENT OF MOUNT COOK W. S. Green 1976 Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Green, William Spotswood
Price $14.95 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $35.05 (70%)
- Item # OP532-457
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
[PHOTO ALBUM] SCENES FROM NEW ZEALAND Date/Author Unknown Suede Softcover Very Good
By: Anonymous
Price $999.00
- Item # OP4094-
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CASTLES IN THE AIR: MEN AND MOUNTAINS IN NEW ZEALAND Philip Temple 1973 1st ed DJ Near Fine - Fine 3 Copies Available
By: Temple, Philip, Editor
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $30.01 (60%)
- Item # OP1737-4573
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE EXPLORATION OF NEW ZEALAND W. G. McClymont 1959 2nd ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: McClymont , W. G.
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $30.01 (60%)
- Item # OP5069-457
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLASSIC ROCK CLIMBING IN NEW ZEALAND Sedon 2009 1st edition MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE
By: Sedon, Mark
Price $9.95 ~ Regular $44.95, You Save $35.00 (78%)
- Item # BK2437-1210
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLASSIC WALKS OF THE WORLD. Unsworth 1985 1st edition
By: Unsworth, Walt.
Price $45.00
- Item # OP816
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart