Sir John Hunt [Brigadier Henry Cecil John Hunt; the Lord Hunt of Llanfair Waterdine] (1910-1998), leader of the 1953 Mount Everest expedition; President, Royal Geographical Society [Arthur Bourne]
Six of Hunt's letters on House of Lords letterheads, three on letterhead of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and one on letterhead of the Royal Geographical Society, London; the ten dating from between 1962 and 1983.
The collection contains 31 items and is in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Hunt's eight typed letters (three signed 'John Hunt' and five signed 'John') total 4pp., 4to, and 4pp, 12mo; his two autograph letters (one 'John Hunt' and one 'John') total 3pp., 12mo.
William T. Palmer, Editor of the Journal of The Fell & Rock Climbing Club of the English Lake District
[Printed heading, "The Fell & Rock Climbing Club ", etc., Beechwood, Kendal, 22 Dec. 1916.
One pager, fold marks, minor defects not affecting text. "Dear Mr. Smith, | The 'Journal' is in preparation, but will be greatly delayed this year. I will notify you later. | Yours faithfully, | William T. Palmer | Editor".
James Bryce (1838-1922), 1st Viscount Bryce, British Liberal politician and author, President of the Alpine Club, London, 1899-1901 [E. W. Hallifax, master, Mill Hill School]
20 November 1905; on letterhead of Hindleap, Forest Row, Sussex.
12mo, 4 pp. 41 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with slight discoloration to edges. 'It was high time that in England, whence so many mountain climbers and tourists go to the Alps, a protest should be raised against the ruin wrought in Switzerland by the construction of tourist railways up the slopes of the mountains'. Deplores the 'irretrievable harm' already done to 'some of the noblest landscapes in the world, [...] easily accessible from the populous cities of Central and Western Europe, such as those on the shores of the Lake of Lucerne'.
48pp., 8vo, original grey wraps, slightly dulled and grubby, mainly good condition. Contents include: Introductory Address; Edward Shirley Kennedy, The Ascent of Monte della Disgrazia (Leslie Stephen in party); William Longman, A Narrative of an Accident on the Aletsch Glacier in August 1862; wit Remarks on the necessity of making use of a Rope on Glacier Expeditions; F.F. Tuckett, A Night on the Summit of Monte Viso; Thos. S. Kennedy, Ascent of the Dent Blanche; Rev. Leslie Stephen, The Weisshorn; Notes and Queries.
John Tyndall (1820-1893), English physicist and mountaineer
16 November 1881; on embossed letterhead of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
12mo, 2 pp. good, on aged paper, but with slight damage along the inner edge as a result of removal from stub. Text entirely legible. Docketed 'Professor Tyndall' in a contemporary hand at foot of second page. He wishes he 'could respond to half the invitations for which I am indebted to the kind acts of my friends'. The 'duties now pressing' on him 'render this literally impossible'. 'All I can do under the circumstances is to wish success to your young society'.
William Augustus Brevoort Coolidge (1850-1926), mountaineer, writer on mountaineering and climbing history, sometime editor of the "Alpine Journal". Two-pages, 8vo, some marking but text clear. "Many thanks for your lists. I fear you have been anticipated in your ascent of the Stecknedelhorn from the Nadelhorn by Herr Eckenstein. I have his notes (now in type) before me & it appears . . . " He goes into detail, including Eckerstein's times for the various stages. He cannot therefore publish Thorp's note.