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THE CANADIAN ROCKIES: NEW AND OLD TRAILS. A.P. Coleman 1911 1st edition Fine
By Coleman, A.P.
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Toronto, Henry Frowde, 1911, 1st edition. 383 pp, 41 ills, 3 fold-out maps, 1 in color. TEG [Top Edges Gilded to protect from dust.] A Canadian climbing classic, Coleman made one of the first attempts on Mt Robson. The first Canadian Rockies book written by a Canadian, as well as one of the most readable. [Neate C90.]

Bright and Fine with gold lettering and its in original blue cloth with colorful cover illustration. Cover is bright, no edge rubbing, interior pages have no foxing. Small and neat old inscription on FEP, else no writing in the book.

Arthur Philemon Coleman was a passionate Canadian and one of the first to truly discover the beauty and majesty of this country’s mountain ranges as an explorer, geologist and mountaineer. In 1884, before the railway traversed the Rocky and Columbia mountains, Coleman headed west on the first of what would be eight mountaineering expeditions, making his way on foot and pack horse, with native guides and without, over passes in Alberta and British Columbia.

This book paints a sympathetic picture of the rugged men and women who opened the region and of the hardships they endured. In his travels he encountered some of the main characters in Canadian mountaineering history, including Mary Schäffer, Joby Beaver, Frank Sibbald, Reverend George Kinney and Adolphus Moberly.

Arthur Philemon Coleman was born in Lachute, Quebec, on April 4, 1852. For most of his professional life he taught at Victoria College, part of the University of Toronto, and spent a great deal of time adventuring throughout western Canada. In all, Coleman - and his Morley, Alberta-based brother, Lucius Quincy Coleman - made eight successive trips to the Canadian Rockies. Coleman was in his 80s on his last trip. He died in 1939 never having climbed Mount Robson, the object of his mountaineering obsession.


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