[MOUNTAINEERING-PHOTOGRAPHY] CHAPIN, FREDERIC HASTINGS. Three volumes with 106 albumen photographs of the Rocky Mountains, primarily in Colorado
, circa 1887. Presentation copy from Frederic H. Chapin to Charles E. Fay, the noted American alpinist; together with the letter presenting the albums to Fay, headed Hartford October 12th, 1887. Three volumes, the photographer's presentation bindings of three-quarters roan, cloth sides. 9 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches (25 x 32 cm); 106 albumen prints (most 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches) on card mounts captioned in ink by Chapin, of Pike's Peak, Long's Peak, Mount Hallett, Mummy Mountain etc. Some binding wear, one volume with the front board separating, internally generally clean, images generally with good tones.
An apparently unique series of albums prepared for presentation by Frederick H. Chapin (1852-1900), a mountaineer and photographer from Hartford, Connecticut. He wrote the first guide to the Colorado high peaks Mountaineering in Colorado: The Peaks about Estes Park (the region depicted in these albums) in 1889 for the Appalachian Mountain Club, after a series of excursions to Estes Park between 1886 and 1888. The recipient of these albums, Charles E. Fay, was the founder and first president of the American Alpine Club, a founder and four-time president of the AMC, and a climber notable for a number of first ascents in the mountains of western Canada. He wrote extensively on mountaineering and edited the publications of the AMC and AAC, and was a central figure in American mountaineering circles. An academic (a professor at Tufts), he was also a founder of the Modern Language Association of America. Both men have peaks named after them: Mount Chapin the Mummy Range, and Mount Fay in the Bow Range of the Selkirks. Chapin's photographs adorn the above-mentioned publication, but his original photographs seem to be very rare both in commerce and in institutional holdings.
C Property of a Massachusetts Gentleman
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