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NAAR DE EEUWIGE SNEEUW VAN TROPISCH NEDERLAND A.H. Colijn 1937 6th ed Hardcover Fine
By Colijn, Dr. A.H.
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Full Title: Naar de Eeuwige Sneeuw van Tropish Nederland: De Bestijging van het Carstenszgeberge in Nederlandsch Nieuw-Guinee [On the Perpetual Snow of Tropical Netherlands: The Ascent of Carstenz Peaks in Dutch New Guinea]

Amsterdam, 1937, 6th edition. 239 pp, many b/w photos. In Dutch. Original oatmeal cloth hardcover with no dust jacket. Book has toned end papers, but is otherwise completely Fine. 

In writing this description in 2022, I was surprised to see this book labelled ''6th edition'' in 1937, which is also the date of the first edition. How is this possible? The Netherlands was not large enough to support so many books. Or was it? Today the population of the Netherlands is 16.6 million. In 1940 it was half that, only 8.8 million. Their total Pacific Islands colonies in 1940, known as Dutch East Indies, was 60-70 million people, but most of them were not book readers. That included the western half of New Guinea and half of Borneo.

Map of the Dutch East Indies showing its territorial expansion from 1800 to its fullest extent prior to Japanese occupation in 1942

The only explanation I can imagine is that Indonesia was so important to the Netherlands, that the educated and literate classes in Holland just gobbled this book up. Of course they lost it in 1940 to the Japanese, to whom the rubber and oil were the reason they went to war. Good thing they didn't know about the gigantic copper deposit right under Carstenz. 

This Dutch expedition attempted the ascent of New Guinea's highest peak, and climbed several peaks near Carstenz in 1936, but missed the highest peak. This expedition was the inspiration for Harrer's first ascent of Carstenz over twenty years later. This sixth edition is smaller and shorter than the first edition, leaving out the glossary, the bibliography, and the foldout map.  

Account of the major scientific mountaineering expedition to the Carstensz Mtns of Irian Jaya (New Guinea) in 1936, led by Colijn. This was the first successful climbing trip to the peaks with three strong attempts on Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jayakesuma 4884m), 1st ascent of Ngga Pulu (4862m), and an ascent to just shy of the top of East Carstensz Top (Carstensz Timur ca 4800m). This is the major book on the Carstensz Mountains.

The book has lots of photos of the mountains when they still had big glaciers, and lots of photos of the colorful indigenous people prior to wide exposure to the outside world.


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