Charnaux F. GENEVE - CHAMONIX DILIGENCE at Les Pelerins   c1870   albumen photograph (180 x 255 mm). mounted on orig. Card.

Johann Rudolf Dill (1808-1875)  PANORAMA DES ALPES pris sur le Gornergrat près Zermatt au Canton du Valais.   1857   tinted lithograph, VERY LARGE and rare folding panorama. [23.5 x 217.2] newly bound in cloth portfolio within slipcase.

Muller, Deroy, Loppe et al.  VOYAGE EN SUISSE - 1857   Lemercier, Wild, Charnaux, Becherat  1857   47 lithograph vues, (45 tinted colour) Geneve, Chamouny, Mont Blanc, Glacier de Bossons, Argentieres, Gr. St. Bernard, Valais, Grindelwald, Faulhorn, Rosenlaui etc. other Swiss views. Deroy, Muller, Loppe, Clerget. orig. black cloth gilt. 8vo. oblong 16 x 21 cms.

 Photochrom  22 coloured photolithographs of the Alps (The First?) glass covered with gilt border and folding back.  Photochrom Co. Ltd. London (PZ Zurich) c1895   22 x 17 cms. some 6 or so are cracked - Zermatt, Chamonix, Mont Blanc, de Saussure etc. RARE with original 19th. century tabletop folding walnut veneer and ebonised photograph and stereo graphoscope viewer.

Smith Albert 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. Leroux Fan Manufactr. 41 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth. Paris. c1853  lithographed Brioude Laguerie, Rue de Fontaine 5. 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. some minor light restoration to old small tears.

Smith Albert AUTOGRAPHED LETTER  (a.l.s.) From 12 Percy St. Bedford Square W to Miss Sullivan  Feb. 20. 1858   single page single page in ink. 9 lines in his hand. 'Mr. Albert Smith presents his compliments to Miss Sullivan. He is not yet residing at North End Lodge, but will be very happy to subscribe to .....' Smith later moved into North End Lodge, close by Walham Green, Fulham. double page notelet embossed Albert Smith's personal stationary with impressed blind stamp above. Johnson 1857 watermark in white laid paper.

12717 Tenzing and Hunt J. THE ALPINE CLUB CENTENARY DINNER. Menu. 6/11/57   1957   Alpine Club 74 South Audley Street, London W1 letterhead signed 'John Hunt' and 'Tenzing'  very rare and collectable.

Behrens [1827-1888] (of Manchester) J. ASCENT OF MONT BLANC includes views of Dente Geante and Courmayeur.  pencilled notes give date of 1851   21 watercolour sketches of the ascent.  bound in the original album.

Smith Albert 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".

Weibel pinx. Ch. CERTIFICAT d'ASCENSION au MONT-BLANC.   Compagnie des Guides. Chamonix.  1880   tinted lithograph after F. Baumann. Signed Le Guide-Chef Frederic Payot. Original Ascension No. 735 issued to Mrs. Mary Richardson, Barnsley, England accompanied by Mr. John Thomas, Surbiton, England 14th Auot 1880. The paper is faded and repaired.

Lamy J.-P. GRAND ST. BERNARD. album of 10 hand coloured aquatints.  c1830   views of Grand St. Bernard [11.5 x 16 cms.]

 Anonym.  SOUVENIRS PHOTOGRAPHIQUES DE CHAMONIX.   c1860?   folding concertina souvenir of 10 original photographs [9 x 8 cms.] mounted on yellow card [13.5 x 9] folds out to 95 cms. Hotel de la Tete Noire and other early photo views of Mont Blanc etc. in the original slipcase with mounted printed title label.

by a young Rev. Resident of Wandsworth  An album containing approx 75 photographs of Alpine scenes Engleberg-Saas-Zermatt-Lake District.  1885-1887   16 full page 17 x 25  cms. and 59 (10 x 15 cms.) some are early Frith Series orig. binding worn and covers detached.

Smith Albert 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' 60, New Bond Street, London. [1870]   with sepia portrait of Albert Smith in the centre, surrounded by blue and white decoration. in excellent condition.

Emery M.S. MONT BLANC THROUGH THE STEREOSCOPE.   Underwood and Underwood.  c1900 1st.  24 stereoscopic views which include nos. 78 - 100 of the Ascent of Mont Blanc. complete in single volume boxed set.

Smith Albert THE NEW GAME OF THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.   A.N. Myers Co., 15 Berners Street, Oxford Street. London: W c1856 3rd. edition  pp.20. [inc. pp 4 printed wrappers] with the very rare surviving Rules for Playing booklet, upper cover replaced in facsimile. Printed lithograph folding Game Sheet with additional hand colouring and gum arabic, 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 edition published in blue cloth covers and contained in the original cloth covered box with gilt lettered red leather label on upper cover 'THE GAME OF THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC'. with hook and eye fastener. Exceptionally rare as it also includes the original box of counters with 10 each of five, ten, twenty and also 22 of one (each player must have 3 dozen counters i.e. one of each) this would allow up to ten players?  There are four player 'markers' and the original 'teetotum' spinning top which lands on 1 - 6 when spun in the original black lacquered boxwood bowl with red, green and gold coloured rings. It is unlikely that there is another complete example anywhere?

Photoglob  31 original silver gelatin photograph stereoslides of Switzerland and Bernese Oberland.   Edition Photoglob Zurich. c1890    with the original handheld stereo viewer.

Collection  AN ALBUM OF SOUVENIRS SUISSE. A series of forty-six views including Ascension au Mont Blanc.  c1840-60   14 original views hand coloured gouache. titles in ink by hand. (c.10 x 14 & 12 x 15.3 cms.) originals by Jean Dubois. inc. Geneve et Mont Blanc, Clarens, Vernex..., Le Righi, Chateau de Chillon, Tell's Chapelle, Tete Noire, Village et glacier d'Argentier

 Pars Wm. The Great Frozen Valley near Chamouny in Savoy. La Grande Vallee de Glace pres de Chamouny en Savoie.  Published June 1st. 1744 as the Act directs by Wm. Pars, in Percy Street, London.    33.5 x 48.5 cms. [49 x 62] Engraved by Wm. Woollett on copper. fold in centre. One of the earliest views of the Mer de Glace showing Le Dru and Grand Jorasses. Printed by J. Gamble.

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.

Richardson Jnr. Thomas Miles ASCENDING THE GT. ST. BERNARD.  printed at A Ducotes & C. Hullmandells Lithographic Establishments. 1838  [27 x 35.5 cms] a fine lithograph showing two travellers on horseback  with Mont Blanc in the distance. Folio plate image 27 x 35.5 cms.

Keller H. GEZACHNETNACH DER NATUR IM WIRTHSHAUS AUF DEM WEISSENSTEIN. Vue Des Alpes. Hotel Wiessenstein. Druck v. Gebr. Studer, Solothurn. 1822 Gestochen von J.J. Scheuemann, Zurich bey Heinrich Keller, Zeichnen no. 367  coloured lithograph fold. panorama in 16 sections. [c. 20 x 200 cms] Gestochen von J.J. Scheurmann. in orig. binding with cold. view of Hotel & Pension Weissenstein in back cover.

Flynn?? W.A. SWITZERLAND. An early 'Continental Tour' album of watercolours. half morocco, boards covered in original mottled paper, worn. Examples of this type are becoming increasingly scarce and sought after.  This is 'Volume II' (vol. I was Scotland)  c1820   containing 42 watercolour paintings by Mr. John Warton? [19 x 27 cms.] on Whatman paper watermarked 1819. These early views include Mont Blanc, Pelissier Bridge, St. Martin Pass, near Servos, St. Gervais, La Flegere, Arvieron, Mer de Glace, Chillon, St. Pierre, St. Bernard (3), Sion, Pissevache, Simplon (7), Lago Maggiore (4), Como (7), Mont Cenis, St. Jean S

Rothmuller T. del. Lith de. Engelmann. A COLLECTION OF 44 SWISS VIEWS generally houses of the various cantons of Switzerland.   1826   engravings drawn on stone [9 x 11 cms.] inc. Zug, Ury, Brienz, Lucerne, Arth, Oberland, St. Gall, Glaris. etc. generally showing views of individual Swiss Chalet architecture. contained in contemporary slip-case.

Wickham William '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.

Thomson's New World Atlas  SWISSERLAND Map. 60 x 52 cms.   1814   hand cold. map (shows just 'the Priory of Chamoni'). with a fine panorama of MONT BLANC 20 x 52 cms. incorporated in the overall size.

Galton E. RECENT ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.    Illustrated London News. 1851  Feb 8th.   complete issue. no. 468 vol. XVIII 6 wood engraved illustrations with the narrative letter on the reverse. The only published account of this ascent and difficult to find.  Very Good


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