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Title: Sketches of the Natural, Civil, and Political State of Swisserland in a Series of Letters to William Melmoth Esq.
Description: 1779, First Edition. Hard Cover. First edn, London, printed for J Dodsley, 1779. 8vo, viii, 532p, 1p postscript. Original wrappers bound in. Completely uncut copy, 16 x 25 cm. Attractively bound in 1/4 calf, marbled boards, gilt label, not recent. Minor dampstain to corner of early pages else VG clean copy. Pp 286-295 describe a visit to the 'glacier of Montenvers' and the use of 'a long pole spiked with iron' and crampons. Also an attempt on Mont Blanc by 'four inhabitants of Chamouny'. Perret 1159 'Un des ouvrages de voyages en Suisse les plus classiques de la fin du XVIII siècle'. The first edition of the book later issued (1789) as 'Travels in Switzerland' which ran to four editions.

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Price: GBP 875.00 = appr. US$ 1249.49 Seller: A G Cram Rare Books
- Book number: 001929

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