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Bourrit, Marc-Theodore
A Relation of a Journey to the Glaciers of the Dutchy of Savoy, Translated from the French of M. T. Bourrit, Precentor of the Cathedral Church at Geneva, by C. and F. Davy
Richard Beatniffe, 1775. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/No dust jacket. Norwich: ""Printed by Richard Beatniffe"" 1775, first edition. Full calf binding in good condition. Spine in 6 compartments with gilt embossing & lettering. Spine is darkened with some wear to the gilt. Endpapers marbled, as are all page edges. This binding very likely dates to the time of publication. There is a very small remnant of a paper label (perhaps bookplate) on the front pastedown; it can be removed easily. One page shows mild foxing; this is the armorial dedication page, which is printed on different paper from the rest of the book (no spotting elsewhere). The Table of Plates calls for 21 illustrations; this copy has only one (Chamonix, opposite pg. 141). 4.75 x 7.25 in. Dedication pg.; editor's preface 13 pp.; author's advertisement 9 pp.; table of plates 3 pp.; list of subscribers 18 pp.; author's 'preliminary discourse' xxi pp.; 264 numbered pp.; list of heights above sea level 2 pp. Bourrit made several unsuccessful attempts to climb Mont Blanc. This book - translated from his Description des Glacières...du Duché de Savoie - is probably the first English language book to describe mountaineering in the Alps.
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