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OLD INDIAN TRAILS OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES Incidents of Camp and Trail Life, Covering Two Years' Exploration Through the Rocky Mountains of Canada. Mary Schaffer, 1911, 1st edition Near Fine
By Schaffer, Mary T. S.
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G.P. Putnam's Son, New York. 1911, 1st Edition. A scarce and collectible Canadian title, detailing two Rocky Mountain expeditions in 1907 and 1908, noted for exceptional photography. Very handsome green cloth binding with gold lettering on the spine and cover.  Unlike most 100 year old books, the gold lettering is a bright as the day it was appied. There is only the slightest  wear on the cover illustration, otherwise no fading whatsoever on the spine and cover. Hardcover, Fine.

A four-months' horseback tour by a female photographer, her female friend, and their two male guides, in 1907. The author was the wife of Dr. Charles Schaffer, a prominent scientist from Philadelphia. A scarce and collectible Canadian title, detailing two Rocky Mountain expeditions in 1907 and 1908, noted for exceptional photography. Mary T.S. Schäffer was an avid explorer and one of the first non-Native women to venture into the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where few women or men had gone before. 

First published in 1911, Old Indian Trails of the Canadian Rockies is Schäffer's story of her adventures in the traditionally male-dominated world of climbing and exploration. It also sheds light on Native and non-Native relations at the early part of the 20th century. 

Full of daring adventure and romantic depictions of camp life, set against the grand backdrop of Canada s mountain landscapes, the book introduces readers to various characters from the annals of Canadian mountaineering history, including Arthur Philemon Coleman, Billy Warren, Sid Unwin, Bill Peyto and Jimmy Simpson. 

Old Indian Trails of the Canadian Rockies is certain to entertain and enlighten 21st-century readers, historians, hikers and climbers.About the AuthorMary T.S. Schäffer was an artist, photographer, writer, world traveler and, above all, explorer. She overcame the limited expectations of women at the turn of the 19th century in order to follow her dreams. Although she died in 1937, her story continues to inspire young people, women in particular.

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