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Vertebrate donates award-winning books to prestigious Alpine Club library

Wednesday, 17th May 2017

Doug Scott Up and About Book CoverAward-winning publisher Vertebrate Publishing has donated a selection of its titles to the library of the prestigious Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club.

The library was established in 1858, the year after the club was founded. Based in the club’s London premises, it holds an unrivalled collection of over 30,000 books, magazines, club journals, expedition reports, photographs, historic diaries, press cuttings, correspondence and other rare historic material.

Among the books donated by Vertebrate are several recent Boardman Tasker Award winners, including The Bond by Simon McCartney, Cold Wars by Andy Kirkpatrick and Freedom Climbers by Bernadette McDonald.

One Day as a Tiger, by current Alpine Club President John Porter, is also included among a number of acclaimed titles that have won the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

John Porter commented, ‘The Alpine Club is a vibrant club with many new members and with an increasing number of meets around the world. Our traditions shape both our style of alpinism and a passion for high mountains. Vertebrate Publishing sustains mountain culture by publishing the very best mountain writers who in their turn will inspire new generations. Vertebrate is literally the “bookmark” of the living heritage of mountaineers. We are very grateful for this generous contribution.’

Other titles include Hanging On, the memoirs of rock climber Martin Boysen, Peak Rock, the history of rock climbing in the Peak District, and Up and About, the first book of a two-volume autobiography by former Alpine Club President Doug Scott OBE.

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