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76164
WESTON, William.

Mountaineering and Exploration in the Japanese Alps.

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Published: London John Murray, 1896

Stock Code: 76164

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Notes

First edition. A founding text of Alpinism in Japan. Weston had already climbed extensively in the Alps when he began to work for the Church Missionary Society at Kumamoto, Japan in 1888, and he subsequently served as British chaplain in Kobe from 1889 to 1895. "Weston climbed Fuji in 1890 and soon travelled and climbed throughout Japan," (ODNB) experiences which are described in the present work. "By the end of his life some British climbers referred to him as 'the father of mountaineering in Japan'. While such rhetoric is clearly hyperbole, Weston was widely respected in Japan. He helped found the Japanese Alpine Club in 1906, and was elected its first honorary member. The Japanese emperor conferred on Weston the order of the Sacred Treasure (fourth class) in 1937, the same year that the Japanese Alpine Club erected a bronze tablet in his honour in the Japanese Alps."

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Description

Octavo. Original aqua cloth, title gilt to the spine, device of the Tomoe-ko - the Japanese Pilgrim Mountaineers - in colours to the upper board.

Illustrations

27 plates, illustrations to the text, two coloured maps at the rear.

Condition

a little rubbed, and somewhat sunned at the spine and onto the lower board, foxing to endpapers and fore-edge, contemporary gift inscription verso of the front free endpaper, else very good.

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