4to, [x], 424pp.,  Containing 9 lithographs and 9 “Topographical sketches”. Lacking one of two maps [Mer de Glace of Chamouni and the Adjoining Mountains]. 4 pages publishers’ advertisements at rear. Publisher’s red cloth boards with blindstamped pattern. Rubbed edges. 2cm tear to cloth at top of spine. 1cm tear to cloth at bottom of spine. Cloth frayed at bottom of spine. Cracked hinge at front and rear endpapers. Sunning to boards and spine. All in all a scarce first edition in good condition. Forbes was John Tyndall’s chief rival concerning the various theories of glaciers and was also the first Briton to climb the Jungfrau. Amongst the first English accounts of systematic Alpine exploration.
Forbes, James D., Travels Through the Alps of Savoy and Other Parts of the Pennine Chain: With Observations on the Pheomena of Glaciers, Adam & Charles Black; Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1843
Biographies & Letters
SHARP, Samuel., Letters from Italy, describing the Customs and Manners of that Country, In the Years 1765, and 1766. To which is Annexed, An Admonition to Gentlemen who pass the Alps, in their Tour through Italy. The Second Edition., [R. Cave] for W. Nicol, T. Becket, P. A. de Hondt and T. Cadell, 1767
Sorbière, Samuel de; Sprat, Dr. Thomas, A Voyage to England: Containing Many Things relating to the State of Learning, Religion, and Other Curiosities of the Kingdom; As also, Observations on the Fame Voyage, by Dr. Thomas Sprat, Fellow of the Royal Society, and now Lord Bishop of Rochester; With, A Letter of Monsieur Sorbiere’s Concerning the War between England and Holland in 1652, Printed and Sold by J. Woodward, 1709