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CLIMBS AND EXPLORATION IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES Stutfield and Collie 1903 1st ed Hardcover Fine
By Stutfield, Hugh and J. Norman Collie
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London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1903, 1st edition. 343 pp, 53 plates, map. A very clean hardcover copy, in bright and Fine condition. There ia a former owner's bookplate inside the front cover of one copy and a former owner's neat notation on the front pastedown on the other copy. The bookplate contains the name: Reginal Lawford Sharpe, the internet has several references to him as a serving officer in the British Army during WWI. On the second blank endpaper is a neatly written presentation, ''R.L. Sharpe, 5th July 1907, with all good wishes from Benson Lawford.'' There was a Benson Lawford who was the British champion in the One Mile in 1896. This was the same event that in 1953 and 1954 was run by Roger Bannister, setting the first under four minute mile mark. 

Other than the plate and notation, the books have no internal writing, no stains, no foxing, no marks of any kind. The binding is firm and tight, and has not been repaired. Externally the book is not faded or soiled, the gray cloth is in its original color and condition. The gold letters on the spine and cover are bright. There is some slight rubbing on the edges, merely from sitting on shelves for 118 years. About as Fine as copies of this book ever are. 

Neate says, "One of the classics of Canadian Mountain exploration and climbing."

Hugh Stutfield, together with Norman Collie co-authored the classic, 'Climbs and Explorations in the Canadian Rockies'. The two were together during the 1898 and 1900 explorations in the area north of Lake Louise.

John Norman Collie (1859-1942) commonly referred to as J. Norman Collie, was a highly respected British scientist, mountaineer and explorer. He is best remembered in Scotland for his pioneering climbs on the Cuillin in the Isle of Skye, but he also climbed in the Alps with William Cecil Slingsby and Albert F. Mummery. In 1895, Collie, Mummery and fellow climber Geoffrey Hastings headed off for the Himalaya for the world's first attempt at a Himalayan 8000 metre peak, Nanga Parbat.
 
They were years ahead of the time, and the mountain claimed the first of its many victims: Mummery and two Ghurkas, Ragobir and Goman Singh were killed by an avalanche and never seen again. The story of this disastrous expedition is told in Collie's book 'From the Himalaya to Skye'

After gaining climbing experience on the Alps, the Caucasus and the Himalaya, in 1897 he joined the Appalachian Mountain Club upon the invitation of Charles Fay and spent the summer climbing in the Canadian Rockies. From 1898 to 1911, Collie visited the Canadian Rockies five more times, accomplishing 21 first ascents and naming more than 30 peaks.
 
In 1903, Collie and Hugh Stutfield published an authoritative book on the region, 'Climbs and Explorations in the Canadian Rockies'. Collie also performed important research in the chemistry field, which led to the first fluorescent light and the taking of the first x-ray for diagnosing medical conditions. Collie died in 1942 from pneumonia, after falling into Storr Loch on a day of fishing. He is interred in an old graveyard at Struan. Mount Collie in Yoho National Park and Sgurr Thormaid (Norman's Peak) on the Isle of Skye were both named after Norman Collie.

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