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The John Nankervis Collection.

Together with Dave Bamford, it was a privilege to spend six days in August at Nank's Wellington home (he had not been there for nine years since his climbing accident) where we sorted his extensive library, (some 6000 books), for redistribution and sale.

Visiting his home again after many years was a rare glimpse into a remarkable life - one of utter commitment and passion for mountaineering, skiing, expedition travel & exploration, mountain history and culture (plus the Spanish language - 7 boxes of Spanish books were given to his tutor). Nank bought books in multiple languages from all over the world over decades. Quite a few had tags throughout, marking maps, climbs or regions that he planned to visit. His research was meticulous, leading to a diverse expedition career unparalleled in New Zealand.

900 items were freighted to Barking Mad Books in Christchurch. In due course, a selection of books will go to the NZAC reference library. Some will also be bought for my own reference library. The rest will be sold via the Barking Mad Ex libris John Nankervis gallery.

This is the first of a series of Dogalogs specific to Nank's collection. These will continue throughout 2023. Other items, many of lesser value, will be regularly added to his gallery.

All books in the John Nankervis Collection contain his bookplate
featuring a Himalayan sketch by Bip Pares (artist for Eric Shipton books)

Proceeds from the sale of Nank's books
will go to www.tupikitrust.org.nz

The idea of establishing a charitable trust to foster and support New Zealand climbing, and to protect New Zealand climbing areas, began some years ago when John Nankervis, Geoff Gabites, Dave Bamford and Ross Cullen debated how to shape an organization that would endure, earn trust from the climbing community, and accumulate funds from which could be used make grants to support New Zealand Alpine Club projects. Already, $200,000 has gone to the rebuild of Aspiring hut in the Matukituki valley.
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