The White Mountains; A Guide to their Interpretation

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1890. First edition. Hardcover. Small 8vo. 258 pp. Bound in dark green cloth stamped with black and orange decorations on the front board, lettering in gilt on the front board and the spine, top edge gilt. Ten black and white photographic plates (including frontispiece). Appendices include altitudes of the mountains, a bibliography of White Mountain literature, and directions and advice for visiting the mountains (including Advice For Persons Who May Become Lost On The Mountain). Warmly inscribed by the author to Professor Charles E. Fay, dated October 25, 1890. Charles Ernest Fay was a student at Tufts from 1865 to 1868 and served as a professor of modern languages at Tufts from 1868 to 1928 (TuftsDigitalLibrary). He was a founder of the Modern Language Association of America and of the New England Modern Language Association, and also of the New England Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools. Fay was an important figure in early American mountaineering participating in the founding of the Appalachian Mountain Club in 1876 and the American Alpine Club in 1902, later serving as president of both groups. Fay also served as editor of each group's journal (Appalachia and Alpina Americana, respectively). Fay particpated in the first attempt to summit 11,230-foot Mount Lefroy in the Canadian Rockies, an expedition which resulted in the first mountaineering fatality in those mountains (Encyclopedia Americana, 1920; Appalachia, Nov. 1896). Ward, literary editior of the Boston Herald, wrote this paean to the White Mountains drawing inspiration from Wordswoth, Ruskin, and Emerson (see author's remarks in the preface; also see Book News, January 1892, pp.235). A nice example and a wonderful association copy linking this enthusuastic overview of the White Mountains with one of the important early figures in the history of American mountaineering. Very Good. Item #00007948

Some light wear to crown and foot of the spine, lacks the fold-out map.

Price: $250.00

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