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THE FIRST CROSSING OF SPITSBERGEN: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF AN INLAND JOURNEY OF EXPLORATION AND SURVEYWITH A DESCRIPTION OF SEVERAL MOUNTAIN ASCENTS... Martin Conway 1897 1st ed Very Good
By Conway, Martin
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Full title: THE FIRST CROSSING OF SPITSBERGEN: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF AN INLAND JOURNEY OF EXPLORATION AND SURVEY, WITH A DESCRIPTION OF SEVERAL MOUNTAIN ASCENTS, of Boat Expeditions in Ice Fjord, of a Voyage to North-East-Land, the Seven Islands, down Hinloopen Strait, nearly to Wiches Land, and into most of the Fjords of Spitsbergen, and of an almost complete circumnavigation of the main Island.

London, J.M. Dent, 1897, 1st edition. 371 pp, 8 color plates, b/w illustrations, 2 foldout maps. TEG. Both maps are in superb condition. Original brown cloth with tan spine with gilt lettering and gold illustration on cover. Book has scuff marks on lower parts of front and rear covers and some edge wear. There is light foxing on many pages, but the plates have mostly been spared. A nice looking bookplate inside the front cover, and no writing anywhere. Overall Very Good.

We recently purchased this book from an old customer. According to our records we have owned and sold this copy several times before, and this is the third time in 35 years that we have offered it for sale.

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One of the most difficult expeditions of the time; climbing and skiing in the Arctic. [Neate C105.] This was the first modern exploration of the interior of Spitsbergen.  During the summers of 1896 and 1897, Conway and his party explored West Spitsbergen, surveying 600 square miles, and made first ascents of thirteen peaks. 

Conway's companions were John Walter Gregory, Edmund Johnston Garwood, Aubyn Bernard Rochfort Trevor-Battye. All three have interesting entries on Wikipedia and other websites.

John Walter Gregory was a British geologist who has an interesting Wikipedia entry.

Edmund Johnston Garwood was a British geologist who has an interesting Wikipedia entry.He wrote a chapter in this book on the ascent of a peak.

Aubyn Bernard Rochfort Trevor-Battye was the expedition zoologist, who also has a nice entry in Wikipedia. He also wrote a chapter in this book.

Sir (William) Martin Conway, 1st Baron Conway of Allington Conway, became an early member of the Alpine Club, of which he was president from 1902 to 1904. In 1892 he beat the then current high altitude climbing record by ascending to a height of 23,000 ft. (7,010 meters) in the Himalayas in the course of an exploring and mountaineering expedition undertaken under the auspices of the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the British Association.

In 1896-1897 he explored the interior of Spitsbergen, and the following year he explored and surveyed the Bolivian Andes, climbing Sorata (21,500'/6,553m) and Illimani (21,200' 6,461m). He also ascended Aconcagua (22,831'/6,959m) and explored Tierra del Fuego. At the Paris exhibition of 1900 he received the gold medal for mountain surveys, and the founders medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1905.

He is the author of half a dozen mountaineering books and many others on art history, etc.

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