Kiwi explorer Arnold Heine’s book collection will go under the hammer

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Arnold Heine had a long career supporting scientists and exploring Antarctica.  He was also an avid collector of books, especially on mountaineering, exploration and the Tararuas.

SHAUN BARNET

Arnold Heine had a long career supporting scientists and exploring Antarctica. He was also an avid collector of books, especially on mountaineering, exploration and the Tararuas.

A collection of books amassed over 70 years by explorer, scientist and wanderer Arnold Heine is being auctioned off for charity.

Heine passed away in 2019, leaving behind a huge collection of books, including many first editions.

A longtime supporter of Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) and publisher of the FMC Bulletin, auction proceeds go to the FMC Mountain and Forest Trust.

The collection is strong in mountaineering and exploration ranging from the Himalayas and Tibet to Central Asia, Siberia, Europe, North America and the Pacific.

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There are also many out-of-print books on the history of New Zealand mountaineering, tramping, hunting, geology, ecology, conservation and culture, and guidebooks.

FMC boss and longtime friend Les Molloy said the collection was nationally important and he expected a lot of interest for the June 17 auction.

Patron of the Federated Mountain Clubs Les Molloy helps organize an auction of books belonging to the late Arnold Heine.

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Patron of the Federated Mountain Clubs Les Molloy helps organize an auction of books belonging to the late Arnold Heine.

A feature of the collection are a number of Tararua books, many of which have been privately published.

books like The Mount Hector Memorial Cross by Peter Jagger, a longtime stalwart of the Tararua Tramping Club, are hard to find and rarely available for purchase.

There has already been interest online, including from abroad. Some rarer Polar and Himalayan books were sold separately by Colin Monteath’s Barking Mad Books in Christchurch.

Some books are signed by Heine and bear the Heine Library bookplate.

A member of the Hutt Valley Tramping Club, Heine first came to prominence as a tramper in the early 1950s when he began exploring uncharted areas in the Wilberg Range and Poerua Valley on the west coast.

A $5 note signed by Sir Edmund Hillary will also be auctioned.

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A $5 note signed by Sir Edmund Hillary will also be auctioned.

He made his first trip to Antarctica in 1956 with the Department of Industrial and Scientific Research and had a long career as a polar explorer and scientist.

After a period as secretary of FMC, he then became president and served for 24 years on the executive.

A recipient of the Polar Medal in 1969, Heine was secretary of the New Zealand Advisory Board of the Transantarctic Association for almost 50 years.

His Eastbourne home, which he shared with his wife Jan, who had similar interests, was an outdoor monument, with a huge library of books and documents relating to the organizations he was involved with.

The Mountain and Forest Trust supports a wide range of projects, including mountain safety research, as well as funding expeditions and books.

Arnold Heine collection The auction will take place on Friday 17th June at 7.30pm at the Hutt Valley Tramping Club, Birch St Reserve, Waterloo. All books not sold at auction will be sold at the same location on Saturday morning.

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