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FRANKLIN SPENCER SPALDING: MAN AND BISHOP [GRAND TETON FIRST ASCENT OWEN-SPALDING ROUTE 1898] John Howard Melish 1917 1st ed Hardcover Fine With Ephemera
By Melish, John Howard
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NY, 1917, 1st ed. 297 pp.  Hardcover, no DJ, Fine. Spalding died at the age of 49 in 1914. Hence this biography only 19 years after his Teton climb.  This scarce book is a must for Teton collectors.

The biography  of Franklin Spencer Spalding who led the 1898 first ascent of the Grand Teton. There is controversy over who made the first ascent, but most experts agree now that Spalding with Owen and others, made the true first with two others.  At the time Spalding himself believed that the claimed 1872 climb was first. The book devotes only two pages to the climb.

In later life he was an Episcopal Bishop in Utah (!), and was politically active.  This is a beautifully bound book in its original blue cloth with gold lettering on the spine and cover. 



The book contains some ephemera. A typed letter signed by the book's author Howard Melish with handwritten comments by the addressee; a paperbound off-print from the 1939 AAJ by Francis Farquhar describing the climb; and a one sheet (folded) copy of the music and lyrics to a hymn written by Franklin Spalding in 1891, called "A Christmas Carol."

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