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Albert Smith A BOY'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC written by himself. contained in the Boy's Birthday Book.  Houlston and Wright. [1859] 1st.  pp145.  25 text and 7 full page engravings not all of which appear in previous editions. orig. red cloth gilt dec. a.e.g. Rare.

Albert Smith A BOY'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. by with a memoir of the Author by Edmund Yates.  Ward, Lock and Tyler, Warwick House, Paternoster Row, E.C. c1871 1st. thus.  pp xxxvi + 299.  engraved frontis. text woodcuts. bound in tan half calf, marbled boards. the 'memoir' edition bound with Comic Tales and Pictures of Life by Albert Smith.

Albert Smith A CLIMB TO THE HIGHEST POINT IN EUROPE.   The Leisure Hour.  1853 1st.  pp465-69 & 481-86. 2 full page and 2 text wood engravings. published July 28 1853. newly bound in card covers.

Albert Smith A Copeland, late Spode, Commemorative blue Plate with the portrait of Albert Smith in the centre. diameter 23cms. An example of this very rare piece of  Mont Blanc 'Smithiania' 160 New Bond Street, London. [1870]   An example of this very rare piece of  Mont Blanc 'Smithiania' in excellent condition.

Albert Smith A HAND-BOOK OF MR. ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. first represented at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly....March 15, 1852.  Savill & Edwards, Printers, 4 Chandos Street, Covent Garden  c1855 5th. pp48 inc. 19pp of ads.  illustrated by Mr. William Beverley with 25 (instead of 19) outline engravings of the views. ( 9 more inc. The Tete Noire Pass, The Pierre a l'Echelle, Halt on the Summit of Mont Blanc. with Bernese Oberland, Simplon and Italian Lakes) Some views  are different (Martigny, Pelerins, The Palais Royal  orig. printed wrappers chipped at edges. somewhat browned.  

Albert Smith A HAND-BOOK OF MR. ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. first represented at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly....March 15, 1852. The Author. 1852 2nd.  pp32.  illustrated by Mr. William Beverley with sixteen outline engravings of the views.  orig. green cloth gilt. The rare First edition had 6 views..

Albert Smith A MONTH IN CONSTANTINOPLE.   David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street.  1850 1st.  pp236 + ads.  hand coloured frontis. engraving and woodcuts throughout. orig. blue cloth gilt. very nicely recased. orig. owner bookplate.

Albert Smith A MONTH IN CONSTANTINOPLE. bound with Lovers of the Curious inquire within.  Higgins, Bradley & Dayton. Boston 1859   pp192 + 192  orig. tan cloth gitl, embossed. worn at top of spine. some page st.

Albert Smith ABOUT CHAMOIS AND HUNTERS. in the Keepsake David Bogue.  1857   pp157-163 12 plates not associated with this story. orig. mauve cloth. a.e.g. quite rare.

Albert Smith ASCENT OF MONT BLANC at the EGYPTIAN HALL.   Illustrated London News. 1852  single page half page engraving of the show.  

Albert Smith ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. In Travel, Adventure  and Sport.  Blackwood.  c1900   pp436.  vol. IV orig. cloth.

Albert Smith AUTOGRAPHED LETTER on ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC notelet from the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly.   Egyptian Hall, Thursday  [1865]   pp2.  Dear Hunt, Look after my interests, if you please, on Monday evening. We hope to be very pretty.....a lot of "Boys" will be there, Yours ever, Albert Smith'  

Albert Smith COMIC TALES AND PICTURES OF LIFE.   Charles H. Clarke, 13 Paternoster Row.  c [1860]   pp312.  illustrated by John Leech. which includes 'Loose Leaves from the Travellers Album at Chamonix' describing his first visit. orig. cold. printed boards. Two shillings series. worn and spine split.

Albert Smith Comic Tales and Sketches & Pictures of Life at Home and Abroad   c [1860] new edn.   green leather over marbled boards rebound 'Yellowback' with black leather title labels and gilt decorations on spine.

Albert Smith COMIC TALES.   Kent & Co., Paternoster Row.   c [1870]   pp156.  illustrated by John Leech. which includes 'Loose Leaves from the Travellers Album at Chamonix' describing his first visit. orig. cold. printed boards. sp. missing.

Albert Smith COMMEMORATIVE BRASS TOKEN. Albert Smith's CHINA. Egyptian Hall Piccadilly. 1859   Albert Smith's CHINA. rare 22m diameter token with bust of Albert Smith facing right.

Albert Smith COMMEMORATIVE TOKEN.   Egyptian Hall Museum. 1860    rare 22m diameter token with bust of Albert Smith facing right. He died in 1860 aged 45.

Albert Smith FAYRE ROSAMONDE. Plan of Maze at Woodstock.  Cramer & Co., 201 Regent Street. c1860?   pp12.  lithograph music sheet. The music composed & arranged by John Parry.

Albert Smith L'ECHO DU MONT - BLANC. Polka Dedicated to his Friend Albert Smith by Julien.  Julien & Co.  c1855   A fine stone lithograph illustrated Music Cover showing Mont Blancand Sallenche? by M. & H. Hanhart.  

Albert Smith LOOSE LEAVES FROM THE TRAVELLERS' ALBUM AT CHAMONIX.   Bentley's Miscellany.  1841 1st.  pp576-580.  complete Vol. X contains the first publication of Smith's visit to Chamonix. cont. half calf. marbled boards. fr. detached. rubbed.

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.

Albert Smith MONT BLANC. with a memoir of the Author by Edmund Yates.  Ward and Lock. [1860]   pp xxxvi + 299.  frontis. 24 text woodcuts. cont. French half calf, sl. wear.  

Albert Smith MONT BLANC. A private invitation to the show of which only 100 copies were issued. This one invites Mr J.H. Tully (the musical director) in the hand and signature of Albert Smith.  c1855   a single sheet in the form of a 'Passport' [36 x 25 cms.] A most RARE item.  

Albert Smith MR. ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC (August 12th & 13th, 1851)   Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. Represented, for the first time, at the Egyptian Hall, Monday, March 15th, 1852. 1st.  pp2   

Albert Smith MR. ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC, including The Bernese Oberland and The Simplon.   Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. Lessee-Mr. Albert Smith, 12, Percy Street, and Chertsey, Surrey. 1854?   pp8 with woodcut illus. of The Cabin Lately Built on the Grands Mulets and of the "Route to the Summit of Mont Blanc". A copy of the very rare original programme to 'the entertainment' in three parts, with a plan of the stalls.The Fans have views and are sixpence each.

Albert Smith Mr. Albert Smith's ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.   Illustrated London News. 1852  March 20, Apr 10, Nov. 12.  pp24. with 3 wood engraved illustrations of 'Crevice in the Glacier du Tacconay',  'The Grands Mulets', The Cabin on the Grands Mulets, Mont Blanc'. sketched by Mr. Albert Smith. together with picturesque details.  newspaper.

Albert Smith MR. ALBERT SMITH'S MONT BLANC, NAPLES, POMPEII AND VESUVIUS.   Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. Lessee-Mr. Albert Smith, 12, Percy Street. 1857 November.  pp8.  Between the Parts A Pictorial Entr - Acte of The Ascent of Mont Blanc. with 8 'Beverley' woodcut illus. A copy of the very rare original programme relating to the Last Season and Last Representations of "MONT BLANC".

Albert Smith Original Photograph carte-de-visite showing Smith sitting on the chair. Photographed by C. Silvy 38 Porchester Terrace BAYSWATER W on verso & label of Lacy, Theatrical Bookseller, 89 Strand, London W.C. c1860   rare albumen print made from glass negative. [9.5 x 6 cms.] mounted on original card.

Albert Smith Original Photograph carte-de-visite showing Smith standing by the chair. Photographed by C. Silvy 38 Porchester Terrace BAYSWATER W on verso c1860   rare albumen print made from glass negative. [9.5 x 6 cms.] mounted on original card.

Albert Smith Original Photograph carte-de-visite showing Smith  Adolphe Paul Auguste Beau for Silvi, Camille-Léon-Louis photographer, London c1860   albumen print made from glass negative. mounted on original card.

Albert Smith PICTURES OF LIFE AT HOME AND ABROAD..   Richard Bentley. New Burlington Street, London. 1852 1st.  pp156.  illustrated by John Leech. which includes 'Loose Leaves from the Travellers Album at Chamonix' describing his first visit. original printed glazed wrappers bound in cont. red cloth boards. Quite rare.

Albert Smith PORTRAIT steel engraving.   Richard Bentley.  1847  17.5 x 12 cms. by permission of Messrs. Leader & Cock. engraved by Cook S.C. , del. Baugniet. with printed signature of Albert Smith.

Albert Smith RECOLLECTIONS OF A CHEAP TOUR. in Bentley's Miscellany.  Richard Bentley. 1848 1st.  pp408-16 & 484-91 in which Smith travels with a fellow medical student from Paris to Geneva in 78 hours, then to Chamonix and Aosta 'a miserable place'. half calf. difficult to find.

Albert Smith Signed and in the hand of Albert Smith - a 4 line note 'Thursday morning - Eight - (British Orphan Asylum) - Albert Smith'.  headed with coloured blind stamp ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.  c1856   pp1 headed with coloured blind stamp ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. a single page (7.5 x 18.5 cms.) see image. The British Orphan Society, Cheapside, EC London for orphans of those once in prosperity.

Albert Smith SKETCHES OF THE DAY. (First Series) in Three Parts.  Ward and Lock, 158 Fleet Street, London. 1846 1st.  pp107, 119, 112.  profusely illustrated by Henning, Gavarni and Gilbert. 'The Flirt'. 'Evening Parties'. 'Stuck Up People'. cont. cloth. sp. lean.very rare.

Albert Smith THE MONT BLANC POLKA Composed and Dedicated to Albert Smith, Esq. by Julien.   Firth Pond & Co. New York.  c1855   pp8. A fine stone lithograph illustrated Music Cover showing the Glacier de Taconnay, the Grand Mulets, the Mer de Glace and Chamonix. complete with the 5 pages of music. rare.

Albert Smith THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A GENT.   David Bogue, Fleet Street.  1847 5th.  viii+pp104 +4pp ads. frontis., coloured title vignette and b/w illus. pictorial card covers browned, sp. missing. fragile.

Albert Smith THE NATURAL HISTORY OF STUCK-UP PEOPLE.   David Bogue, Fleet Street.  1847 4th.  viii+pp112 + 14pp ads. frontis., title vignette, profusely illus. with text engravings by A. Henning. orig. printed pictorial card covers.

Albert Smith THE NEW GAME OF THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.   A.N. Myers Co., 15 Berners Street, Oxford Street. London: W c1852 1st. edition  pp.20. [inc. pp 4 printed wrappers] with the very rare surviving Rules for Playing booklet, upper cover repaired at hinge. printed and hand coloured lithograph, folding Game Sheet, 8 sections laid on linen [41 x 54 cms.] with 54 vignettes illustrating the Ascent of Mont Blanc and starting at The South Eastern Terminus. From C. Adlers Printing Establishment Hamburg. This editi This is a very rare item. The early colour printing is reflected in obvious, but slight, out of register colour.  

Albert Smith THE POTTLETON LEGACY. A Story of Town and Country Life.  David Bogue.  1849 1st.  pp472.  20 engraved illustrations by Hablot K. Brown ("Phiz"). half calf rubbed, marbled boards.

Albert Smith THE STORY OF MONT BLANC.   David Bogue.  1853 1st.  pp. xii + 219.  facsimile cold. frontispiece 'De Saussure ascending Mont Blanc. text engravings. orig. tan cloth gilt. dec. grubby and worn.

Albert Smith THE STORY OF MONT BLANC. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine Vol LXXI January-June 1852  1852 The first publication of the Smith narrative which precedes the privately printed edition. pp35 - 55 wood engravings in text. new and handsome half calf with marbled boards.

Albert Smith THE STORY OF MONT BLANC.   G.P. Putnam & Co. 10 Park Place, New York.   1853 1st. U.S.  pp208.  engraved frontis. vignette and tail-piece. These, with adjoining pages are quite foxed due to age. orig. embossed green cloth dec. with gilt vignette of the party coming down. Delightful! This edition is quite rare.

Albert Smith THE STORY OF MONT BLANC. and a Diary to China and Back, by the late Albert Smith.  for private circulation July, 1860   pp299 + 60.  wood engraved frontis. & text illus. 6 mounted photo illustrations. 2 vols. bound together. published for private circulation for the Author. cont. dark green morocco

Albert Smith THE STORY OF MONT BLANC.   Alpine Facsimile Library.  1974 re-issue.  pp219.  frontis. of Ascension au Mont Blanc by Dubois. with text woodcuts reproduced.  unpc dw

Albert Smith THE STORY OF MONT BLANC. in The Boy's Own Magazine.  S.O. Beeton. 1860  pp303,345,383,429,461. very rare complete serialisation in 5 parts complete. with 19 woodcut illus. cont. half calf, marbled boards.

Albert Smith THE STRUGGLES AND ADVENTURES OF CHRISTOPHER TADPOLE. At Home and Abroad.  Willoughby & Co.  1848 1st.  pp512.  32 engravings by Leech inc.'Mrs. Hamper's Terrific Ascent' [of Mont Blanc]. port. frontis. of Albert Smith (with beard). and Mr Gudge's adventure in the dead-house of the Convent of St. Bernard. chapter XXXIX 'Mrs. Hamper wishes to ascend Mont Blanc'. re-cased in cont. worn half calf.

Albert Smith The TIMES 'THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC'.   30th November 1852   newspaper  

Albert Smith Esq. to, This View of THE MONT BLANC ROOM, AT THE EGYPTIAN HALL is respectfully dedicated by ??   c1853   A tinted lithograph [24.5 x 34.5 cms.] by M. & H. Hanhart. Rare.


Audisio e Veronica Lisino (et al.) A. ALBERT SMITH. Lo Spettacolo del Monte Bianco e Altre Avventure in Vendita. The Spectacle of Mont Blanc and othe Adventures for Sale.  Museo Nazional Dell Montagna CAI-Torino.  2018 1st.  pp429.  illustrated in colour throughout pp89-231 315-339.  cold. printed wrappers 26 x 20 cms. 1.6kg. essential for the serious collector. Signed by both authors.

Baumann, del. et lith. F. SOUVENIRS DE LA SUISSE ET DES ALPES. La Suisse Illustree.  Margueron F., Librairie, Editeur. Ancienne maison Becharat, Place du Lac, 171. Geneve.  1863 re-edite  complete with pages of text concerning Confederation Suisse and Cantons and hand cold. plate.  66 views [7.5 x 18.5 - 10 x 14 cms.] lithographed in colour by F. Baumann after Loppe etc. Geneve (2 d/p panoramas 10 x 35 cms.) Geneve (5). Les Grand Mulets (Ascension d'Albert Smith). Ascension du Mont-Blanc par Mme. D'Angeville. Halte au Col du Geant,  orig. brown blind dec. cloth gilt. oblong 8vo. Perret 0314 rare et reserche 45 views.  

Baxter G. A SERIES OF FOUR VIEWS TO ILLUSTRATE ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.   Printed in oil colours by George Baxter. after the ascent of John MacGregor. 1855  with the Baxter blind impression stamp in lower margin - rare in this state (original price  The rare set of four coloured views, printed in oil by the Baxter process. 107 x 150 mm.  as issued, on original card mount with Baxter blind stamp impression [18.5 x 25.5 cms.].

Charton G. SOUVENIRS PITTORESQUES DES GLACIERS DE CHAMOUNY, ornes de dix-huit dessins colories. Se vend à Genève  published privately by Tony Astill, Les Alpes Livres.  2016 Facsimile Edition.  pp 64 with text in French and English and 18 full page colour illustrations with clear paper guards. only 3 copies of the original are known to exist. 12 ° oblong. [21 x 29 cms.] marbled endpapers. colour illus. dw.

Chatelain Madame de MR. ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC, in Miniature.   A.N. Myers Co., 144 Leadenhall Street, London. Published March 1st. 1854 1st.  pp43. A 'peepshow' with tabbed backdrop and 15 lithograph views hand coloured and gum arabic. 11.6 x 17.6 cms. [17.4 x 19.5]  With printed booklet 'Handbook of the Miniature Mont Blanc' by Madame de Chatelain. a little soiled and corners frayed in orig. printed In the original wood and linen fold. viewing box 21 x 22.5 cms. Removable sliding back opens concertina style. Orig. print front worn, enclosed in  orig. box amateurishly repaired and in need of restoration. Exceptionally Rare.

Chatelain Madame de MR. ALBERT SMITH'S ASCENT OF MONT BLANC, in Miniature.   Tony Astill, Les Alpes Livres. 2017   pp11. 2 column. giclee facsimile of 16 coloured lithographs. 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'.  in portfolio especially made to order.

Cooke C.R. THE CHAMOUNI POLKA. The lithograph front cover Dedicated to Albert Smith Esq. c1860  [28 x 20 cms.] a most attractive and rare tinted lithograph 28 x 20 cms. circular portrait of Albert Smith in the centre with 4 Beverley view vignettes in the corners. Pierre a l'Echelle, Les Grands Mulets, Chamouni, Mer de Glace. 2 circular printed titles in facsimile.  Front cover only. Unusual and extremely rare item. the page has been closely cropped to borders and two cut circles, lacking the title at top. [28 x 20 cms.]

Fitzsimons R. THE BARON OF PICCADILLY. Travels and Entertainments of Albert Smith 1816-60  Geoffrey Bles.  1967 1st.  pp192.  38 illus. & e.p's.  in rubbed dw

Julien  L'ECHO DU MONT-BLANC  POLKA Polka dedicated to his friend Albert Smith  Julien & Co.  c1860   coloured lithograph of Mont Blanc.  

MacGregor J. LEAVING THE GRANDS MULETS. 'The Ascent of Mont Blanc' by Albert Smith  1855   'La Lune' oil print by Baxter 106x152 mm.

MacGregor J. NARRATIVE OF AN ASCENT TO THE SUMMIT OF MONT BLANC 22nd September 1853.   Tony Astill.  2012 1st.  pp4 in 3 columns description + pp2 in 2 columns MacGregor Letter to The Times. Four Views printed in oil colours by George Baxter as fine art prints - with the rare Baxter blind impression stamp in lower margin.  each copy is individually casebound by hand in paper covered boards [19.5 x 26.5 cms.] Printed label on front cover. Limited Edition of 200 copies. The views may also be purchased separately.

'Mrs. L.' - Harvey (artist) W. THE PEASANTS OF CHAMOUNI. Containing an Attempt to reach the Summit of Mont Blanc; and a Delineation of the Scenery among the Alps.  Printed for Baldwin, Cradock , and Joy, Paternoster-Row ; and N. Hailes, Piccadilly. London.  1823 1st.  pp164 + 12 advs..  The engraved frontis. is a facsimile copy. title page with wood engraved vignette. lacks half title. 12mo. original roan backed boards worn. This very rare book, read by Albert Smith as a boy, inspired him to ascend Mont Blanc, following this tale of the fatal ascent of Dr. Hamel in 1820.

Normann J. ECHO DE MONT BLANC POLKA. Dedicated to Albert Smith Esq. - Composed by Jules Normann.  Musical Bouquet Office, 192 High Holburn, London. c1860   pp4. lithograph illustrated Music Cover showing Portrait of Albert Smith with four views of his Ascent of Mont Blanc. Scaling the Mur de la Cote, the Crevice in the Glacier de Taconnay, Coming Down and Crossing the Grand Plateau. complete with the pages of music. extremely rare.

Parry J. RIDICULOUS THINGS, SCRAPS & ODDITIES. Some with, and many without any meaning.  Thos. McLean, 26, Haymarket June 1st.  1854 1st.  pp32.  31 of 32 lithograph plates in different colours (no 13 reproduced in lasercopy facsimile). 3 of which cover Mont Blanc and continuation of the acent. Sole Lessee, Albert Smith. Per-se St. London. Folio. loose in orig. blue boards gilt. a.e.g. cloth st. corners bumped and worn. Very Rare.

Thorington J. M. MONT BLANC SIDESHOW. The Life and Times of Albert Smith  John C. Winston Co.  1934 1st.  pp255.  frontis. 28 illus. only 500 copies printed. in orig. blue cloth gilt. corners sl. bumped. in facsimile of rare dw.

Whymper, Elijah and Harrild,Thomas. Elijah THE NEW ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. Buds & Blossoms series no.19  Groombridge and Sons, Paternoster Row. London. [1853]   pp24.  engraved frontispiece, vignette title page and 3 illustrations, with tailpiece. A children's response to Albert Smith's popular account of his ascent in 1851. 24mo. (115 x 90mm). lacking orig. paper printed wrappers, now rebound marbled boards printed paper title. extremely rare.


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