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Walter Bonatti THE MAGIC OF MONT BLANC. translated by Geoffrey Byrne-Sutton.   Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1985 First Edition.  pp208.  200 photo illus. in colour.  rare with Walter BONATTI signature tipped in. [35 x 25 cms.] top corners of boards bumped. unpc dw Very Good- £165

Mrs. Henry Warwick Cole A LADY'S TOUR ROUND MONTE ROSA  with visits to the Italian Valleys....in a series of excursions in 1850. 56 & 58.  Longmans, Green. 1859 First Edition.  pp402.  Hand coloured title vignette. frontis. chromo and 3 chromolithographs from sketches by Mr. George Barnard. 8 wood engravings. fold. litho the 'map of the District'.  orig. pink cloth gilt. bright gilt rose motif on front cover. exceptionally rare. ex SAC Library label. r.s.m. Rev. C. Hutchinson.  Near Fine-

John Menlove Edwards MOUNTAINEERING JOURNAL. Vol.4/1.2.3.4. and 5/1.2.3.  Published by the Editor. 1936-7   illus. throughout. orig. pict. wrappers. grubby but very rare.  SOLD

David Hill TURNER IN THE ALPS. The journey  through France & Switzerland in 1802.  George Philip.  1992 First Edition.  pp176.  many cold. & b.w. illus. throughout almost every page.  unpc dw Fine £45

Sir Edmund Hillary MOUNT EVEREST 50th anniversary First Day Cover SIGNED by Ed Hillary.  A Buckingham Cover.  2003   cold illus. Sherpa Tensing at the summit taken by Sir Edmund Hillary. cover no. 95 of 1000. 2 x 1st class Everest Team UK and The Coronation 1953 1st class stamps.  Fine £95

John Hunt THE ASCENT OF EVEREST 1953. SIGNED GROUP CARD AND PHOTOGRAPHS.     11 x 11 cms. and 7 x 9.5 cms. this must be one of the very first examples of the team members signatures together.  Signed by the team of  'Everest '53 John Hunt Leader, E.P. Hillary, Tenzing, Wilfrid Noyce, G. Pugh, A. Gregory, G.C. Band, W.G. Lowe, C.G. Wylie, Michael Ward, Mike Westmacott, Tom Stobart, James Morris : The Times. - whilst they were in Bahrain.

A.E. Lockington Vial ALPINE GLACIERS.   Batchworth.  1952 First Edition.  pp126.  many illus. 7 text diagrams  unpc dw Near Fine- £15

David Pye GEORGE LEIGH MALLORY.   O.U.P. 1927 First Edition.  pp183.  photogravure port. fronitis. 5 illus. orig. cloth, with spare spine paper title label. pres. prize label on fr. pastedown. uncut and unopened copy.  in facsimile of the extremely rare dw Near Fine- £175

Albert Smith THE STORY OF MONT BLANC.   David Bogue.  1853 First Edition.  pp. xii + 219.  facsimile cold. frontispiece 'De Saussure ascending Mont Blanc. text engravings. orig. tan cloth gilt. dec. grubby and worn.  Good £245

Theodore Howard Somervell CHRISTMAS CARDS.   1946 - 63   a set of 6 original Christmas Cards designed by and printed for Somervell. woodcut designs of Nanga Parbat, Raven Crag, Rothorn, Matterhorn, Great Gable and their home at Skelgarth.   £350

Sir Edmund Tenzing Norgay and Hillary A Signed First Day of Issue Cover commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the First Ascent of Mount Everest. signed by Tenzing and Hillary, bearing 2 commemorative postage stamps issued by the Kingdom of Nepal, postmarked at Namche Bazar with cancellation 29.5.1978. Franklin Philatelic Ltd. 1978   with the specially stamped Mount Everest medallion, showing Hillary and Tenzing on the summit, in the centre of the envelope. Complete in original presentation wallet.  Fine £380

Tenzing Norgy SIGNED paper early c1953 signed 9 x 7 cms. perforated paper piece signed in ink TENZING NORGY (sic.) I TANGA ROAD, DARJEELING INDIA and 'Ed Hillary 287A Remuera Road' by Louise Hillary  Very Good £275

Francis Chenevix Trench A WALK ROUND MONT BLANC, etc.   Richard Bentley. Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. 1847 First Edition.  pp332.   cont. half calf, gilt dec.raised bands, gilt dec. edges and leather sp. labels. marbled e.p.'s and page edges. ex-lib. Bath Proprietory College school prize inscription 1855. handsome and rare.   Very Good+ £595


Compton, Edward Theodore. [1849-1921]

Täschhorn, Dom from below Mischabeljoch. above Saas Fee.  Alphubel

with another mountain verso. 1902 watercolour heightened with white bodycolour over traces of pencil. signed and dated. 33.5 x 24 cms.

      

1340 Somervell, T. Howard. [1890-1975] Nam Tsho Lake, Tibet ??? 1956 watercolour heightened with bodycolour on K brown paper.. signed lower left with date. 28.5 x 37 cms. in frame [37 x 47]

1338 Varley, John. OWS [1778-1842] 'Snowdon from Capel Curig. N. Wales'. Dyffryn Mymbyr  1811 watercolour on card paper. signed in ink with title and date verso. 26 x 36 cms. SPINK mount in frame.

  

2851 ***** Birmann, S. LE MONT BLANC VU DE SERVOZ. 1826 fine hand coloured aquatint. framed and glazed. [12.5 x 17 cms.] 1826

2850  Hackert, C.L. Vue du Mont Blanc et une partie de Genève. (pris depuis de Fregny) signed 'Carl Hackert'. originally sold Montparnasse 12,500 CHF 1781 etching with watercolour. signed and dated. on laid paper. [34.5 x 46.5 cms.] 1781

 1339 Lewis, John Hardwicke. [1840-1927] Mont Blanc from Finhaut. c1905 watercolour laid on board. The artist's illustrations in books 'The Lake of Geneva', 'Montreux' and 'Lausanne' published by A. & C. Black 1908. monogram with title b.r. 21 x 14.5 cms. original gold mount. [37 x 28]

     

 Gheduzzi, Cesare. [1894-1944]  Monte Rosa from Macugnaga. c1920 oil on panel. signed bottom right. label verso. 29 x 39 cms. contemporary frame [44 x 54]

     

George and Ashley Abraham ROCK-CLIMBING IN NORTH WALES.   G.P. Abraham. 1906 First Edition.  pp394.  30 full page monogravure plates. 10 pen & ink sketches. 11 outline drawings of the chief routes. orig. cloth gilt. recased. t.e.g.  Very Good £395

Walter Bonatti THE GREAT DAYS.   Victor Gollancz.  1974 First Edition.  pp189.  35 photo. illus. translated by Geoffrey Sutton. rare. with Walter BONATTI signature tipped in. pc dw Near Fine- £185

Ronald William Clark THE EARLY ALPINE GUIDES.   Phoenix House.  1949 First Edition.  pp208.  some of the 27 illus. 4 maps. a proof edition in orig. printed wrappers. rare.  Very Good £45

Isidore Laurent Deroy SOUVENIRS DE LA SUISSE. Dessinée d'après nature et lith. par DEROY  Charnaux a Geneve et Wild a Paris.  1854-61  75 two tone lithograph vues 4° oblong [25 x 33 cms]  see Gattlen 2314. Geneve, Gr. St. Bernard, Simplon, Zermatt, Visp et Monte Rosa, Sion, Zurich, Berne, Mont Blanc and many more..   orig. fine gilt dec. boards.

John (Brigadier Sir, C.B.E., D.S.O.) Hunt THE ASCENT OF EVEREST.   Hodder & Stoughton. 1953 First Edition.  pp300.  cold. frontis. 7 cold. plates. 48 b/w. text illus. by Charles Evans. signed by Jan Morris. in 25/- net dw reduced to 12/6 Very Good- £145


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Madame de Chatelain MR. ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC, in Miniature.   A.N. Myers Co., 144 Leadenhall Street, London. Published March 1st. 1854   14 lithograph on stone views hand coloured and gum arabic. 11.6 x 17.6 cms. [17.4 x 19.5] after the original William Beverley pictorial illustrations for the show at the Egyptian Hall. from the 'peepshow'. plus two in facsimile.  Exceptionally Rare.  Very Good-

Edmund Thomas Coleman SCENES FROM THE SNOW-FIELDS; being Illustrations of the Upper Ice-World of Mont Blanc,  from sketches made on the spot in the years 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858; with Historical and Descriptive Remarks, and a Comparision of the Chamonix and St. Gervais Roures.  London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longman, and Roberts. 1859 First Edition.  pp. 47 12 beautiful chromolithographed plates (the views lithographed and printed in colours) by Vincent Brooks after E.T. Coleman. One of the rarest and most valuable of all mountaineering books. Coleman…one of the earliest painters of the Alps…he ascended Mont Blanc twice. light spotting to most text pages. original cloth gilt title, sl. faded edges, rebacked with calf sp. Elephant Folio 56 x 38 cms.

Marianne Colston PLATES ILLUSTRATIVE OF A JOURNAL OF A TOUR IN FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, AND ITALY. From Original Drawings, taken in Italy, the Alps, and the Pyrenees.  Printed for G. and W.B. Whittaker, Ave-Maria Lane, London.  1823 First Edition.  50 lithographs on stone de Villain. 12 of Italy - Como, 11 Switzerland - Martigny, Fribourg, Staubbach, Thun,  27 Pyrenees - Bayonne, Pau, Barrages, Cauterets, Luchon. image size 26 x 36 cms. Folio. cont. half calf, marbled boards.   Very Good

John Dennis VIEWS IN SAVOY, SWITZERLAND, AND ON THE RHINE, FROM DRAWINGS MADE UPON THE SPOT.   Published by The Author, London.  1820 First Edition.  pp14 text.  30 proof plates drawn and etched by the author in sepia. all marked 'proof' marginal spotting and sl. water st. to fore edge. The views are mostly (17) of the Jura and and the mountains around Geneva and (13) the valley of the Rhine. Jura, Jougne, Leclees Folio [45 x 30 cms.]. Contemporary boards rather worn and rebacked with paper sp. (Perret [1285] Bel Album, tres rare. Payot, ACL.)  Very Good-

Hereford George THE ALPINE JOURNAL: The Journal of the Alpine Club. A Record of Mountain Adventure and Scientific Observation.  Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green.  1863.4-2016 Vol. I 1864 - Vol. 120 2016  profusely illustrated throughout with lithographs, wood engravings, diagrams, maps and photographs etc. All volumes, inc. 5 index vols., bound in Alpine Club tan/gilt vignette block cloth, some with orig. wrappers bound in at rear. Climbers Club Library label and that of John Barford, Secretary thence from the Library of Walt Unsworth  Near Fine

William Gawin Herdman HERDMAN'S FOLIO. Switzerland, France and Germany Studies from the Folio of William Gawin Herdman. Everton, litho printed by T. Physick of Manchester. nd [c1838] Privately Printed.  seventeen hand-coloured, lithographs on thirteen sheets, including title (some foxing) Vevey, Lake of Geneva, Heidelberg, Chatler Vaud, Berne, Dijon, Hermance Savoie, Nyon, Clarens, Amines Somme. large elephant folio (38.5 x 56cm), half roan, sp leather lacking..

Gabriel Lory, Lafond S.D. et Zehender K.L. RECUEIL DE PAYSAGES SUISSE dessinés d' après nature, dans une course par la vallée d'Ober-Hasly et les cantons de Schweitz et d' Ury. Berne: chez les Artistes Associés ave privilége. [1797] First Edition.  pp40.  13 etched plates (23 x 15 cms.) accompagné d'un texte pour servir d'itinéraire aux artistes ey aux amateurs de Voyages Pittoresques. Brientz. Giessbach. Wandelbach. Oberhasli. Meyringen. Reichenbach. Fluelen. Ury. St. Gothard. Pont du Diable. Brounnen. Schweitz. \schwanau.  2° (394 x 240mm). Contemporary half calf gilt, marbled paper upper cover with black morocco lettering-piece laid down (lightly rubbed), later half calf case. an extremely rare book.  Near Fine

Thomas Martyn SKETCH OF A TOUR THROUGH SWISSERLAND;  to which is added a short account of an Expedition to the Summit of Mont Blanc, by M. De Saussure, of Geneva. London: Printed for G. Kearsley, at No. 46 Fleet Street. 1788 a New Edition.   pp 134 + 166. with an accurate map [fold.]. contains the first English translation of 'Relation abrégée..' pp. 97 - 127. Bound with An Appendix to the Gentlemen's Guide through Italy. by the Author of the Guide. 1787. Original calf backed marbled boards. Uncut pages and appears to be unread.. Most Rare.

Edouard Henri Theophile Pingret [1788 - 1875] COSTUMES DES PYRENEES dessinés d’après nature et lithographiés par a Paris 1834   33 of 40 hand coloured lithographs    Very Good

Thomas Miles Richardson Jnr. SKETCHES IN ITALY, SWITZERLAND, FRANCE &c. Richardson's Sketches on the Continent. Thomas McLean, London 1837 printed at A Ducotes & C. Hullmandells Lithographic Establishments. First Edition.  Tinted lithographed title (on St. Gothard) and 25 litho plates [sizes approx 270 x 400 mm.] drawn on stone by by T. M. Richardson Jnr. and J. B. Pyne (some spotting). Maggiore (3) Como (4) Venice, Garda, Grand St. Bernard (2), Sallenches, Chillon, Lyon, Z   Very Good £5,250

Horace Benedict de Saussure VOYAGES DANS LES ALPES, precedes d'un essai sur l'Histoire Naturelle des environs de Geneve. vol. I Chez Samuel Fauche, Imprimeur & Libraire du ROI. 1780, vols. II, III & IV Chez Barde, Manget & Compagnie a Geneve, Chez Buisson a Paris. 1786 1780 (Geneve) & 1786 volumes I - IV  pp363+391+411+484 vos. I & II   2 panoramas vue de la Cote Oriental and Carte du Lac de Geneve et des Montagnes Adiacentes & and 7 (6 fold.) plates. vols. III & IV the plates inc.with fold. map Carte de la partie des Alpes qui avoisine le Mont Blanc (42.5 x 51 cms. wove paper) and 6 plates (fold.) 8vo size. This forms the first part with 'Voyage Autour du Mont-Blanc'. vols V-VIII were published later in 1796. cont. mottled calf and hand marbled e.p.s.  Near Fine

Johann Jacob. Scheuchzer OURESIPHOITES HELVETICUS. SIVE ITINERA ALPINA TRIA  1701-1711 per Alpes Helveticas & Rhaeticas  Pieter Vander Aa : Leiden 1723 2nd., enlgd.   pp167, 169-350, 353-463, 467-520, 523-635, [53] 130 (of 132) copper engraved plates and fold. Maps and 24 city views inc. Zurich, Bern etc. topographical, geological, botanical and other subjects. lacks engraved port. frontis and plate opp. p.13 5 parts in 4 bound in 2 vols. 4to. [248 x 201mm] modern and contemporary vellum  Very Good



Johann Schmid MONT-BLANC ET DE CHAMOUNI.   c1830 First Edition.  24 lithograph views drawn on stone. inc. Cluse, Mont Blanc vu de St. Martin, Hotel de Londre Chamouni, Mont Blanc de Servoz, Chamouni & les Aiguilles, Ascension au Mont Blanc, Chamonix et le Mont Brevent, Le Mont Blanc vu du Jardin, Chaine du Mt. Blanc v contemp. half calf. red morocco title labels to upper boards. 8vo. some views sl. foxed.  Very Good- £2,880

Heinrich Siegfried H. and other artists SOUVENIR DE LA SUISSE. (Gattlen 1043-4)  Füssli & Ci. 1833 23.5 x 32.5 cms. 14 x 19.5 cms

29 fine aquatints coloured by hand. dess. by Siegfried, Meyer, Buhlmann, Winterlin, Suter  &c. original cloth gilt, marked large 4to. Zurich,


Albert Smith MONT BLANC FAN. Original paper-leaf fan with lithograph illustrations of views and diagrams depicting Albert Smith's ascent of Mont Blanc on both sides. Lith. Brioude Laguerie, rue des Fontaines 5, Paris. Duvelleroy Fan Manufacturers, 167 Regent Street, London. c1853  lithographed Brioude Laguerie, Leroux Fan Manufactr. 41, Street Notre Dame de Nazareth. Paris.  with views (after Beverley) of The Mur de la Cote, The Grands Mulets and 'Coming Down' on one side, and the Programme of Mr. Albert Smith's Ascent of Mont Blanc, August 12th. & 13th. 1851 in 2 parts and an illustration of the Route to the Summit of Mont Blanc on the other. on original 16 hardwood sticks. gilt edge.  Very Good

Rodolphe Töpffer VOYAGE AUTOUR DU MONT-BLANC, dans les vallees d'Herens, de Zermatt et au Grimsel.  1843 First Edition.  48 engraved views 2 of Cervin, Grand St Barnard, Courmayeur, Val Ferret,  L'Allee Blanche. del. Topffer, litho. Schmid.  Album joliment illustre par l'auteur. In original printed paper wrappers. TRES RARE.  Very Good-

Elijah Walton PEAKS IN PEN AND PENCIL FOR STUDENTS OF ALPINE SCENERY. edited by T.G. Bonney  Longmans, Green. 1872 First Edition. pp viii Frontis and 23 plates ( reproduced in autotype) mounted on card Original cloth, worn. Spine complete but worn and torn. Bevelled edges. a.e.g. Folio [49 x 38 cms.] Very Rare.  Very Good-

William Wickham 'SWITZERLAND / W.W.' A Folio Album bound in black calf.   Partridge & Cozens.  c1860   containing upwards of 173 mounted fine hand-coloured and uncoloured aquatints and lithographs by or after Dikenmann, Trachsler, Locher, Sperli, Vallet, Fuessli and others of Geneve, Lausanne, Fribourg, Bern, Zurich, Luzern, Thun, swiss cantons and swiss s from the library of William Wickham [1831-1897] with his bookplate. In 1795 his father, William Wickham the elder became the British Minister to the Swiss Cantons.  Very Good

Elijah Walton THE COAST OF NORWAY.   W.M. Thompson.  1873 First Edition.  pp24. 12 mounted chromolithographs views of Christiania, The Island of Torghatten, The Lofoten Islands From the Vest Fjord, The Raftsund Glaciers Near Nus Fjord, Hammerfest, Vaagekallen, The Fondalen Glaciers, The Hestmann Hornelen, Bergen, Langaardsund near Kr re-cased in original publisher's pale cloth with oval green inlaid title to upper board. oblong folio. very rare.  Very Good



Walton, E. THE MATTERHORN FROM THE RIFFEL ABOVE ZERMATT. (from Peaks & Valleys) 2015 fine art print Limited to 20 copies only. [35.5 x 25 cms.] 2015 f.a.p. £120






Hackert, Carl Ludwig. VUE DE LA SOURCE DE L'ARVERON. 1780 etching with watercolour. on laid paper [35 x 47 cms.]


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Compton, Edward Theodore. SOUVENIR DE LA SUISSE. Coleman	SCENES FROM THE SNOW-FIELDS; A JOURNAL OF A TOUR IN FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, AND ITALY. VIEWS IN SAVOY, SWITZERLAND, FOLIO. Switzerland, France and Germany	Studies LORY RECUEIL DE PAYSAGES SUISSE Martyn	SKETCH OF A TOUR THROUGH SWISSERLAND COSTUMES DES PYRENEES	MONT-BLANC ET DE CHAMOUNI.	VOYAGE AUTOUR DU MONT-BLANC Walton, E. THE MATTERHORN FROM THE RIFFEL ABOVE ZERMATT. SOUVENIRS DE LA SUISSE THE ASCENT OF EVEREST 1953 Vue du Mont Blanc et une partie de Genève. MOUNTAINEERING JOURNAL