SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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A Picturesque Tour from Geneva to the Pennine Alps.

London: John Nichols, 1792.
Unrecorded English edition. Abbey Travel 47 for the 1787 French edition. Cox, p. 164; Prideaux, p. 231. Bobins 474.
London: John Nichols, 1792.

Folio, title, dedication, avertissement, text pp. 9-20, 12 hand coloured etched plates, half calf over marbled boards. Title label, lettered in gilt to spine, marbled end papers. Boards worn. The plates show views, towns and architecture of (among other locations), Sallanchei, Chamouny; Mer de Glace; Village de Bois; Ville d’Evian; Vue de Geneva. Abbey’s copy of this work was incomplete and it seems other copies could also be so. It was probably intended to accompany the plates with text, but none appeared. A remark of Beaumont’s in the Advertisement to the Lepontine Alps, No. 53 seems to imply that there was an unauthorised English edition of the Alpes Pennines in 1794 (Abbey). His final notes under this title include details of this English edition. Book plate of 'Frederick Gardiner' to front paste-down. Coloured plates in order: 1. View of the Town of Cluse. 2. View of St. Martin, a small village near Salenche. 3. View of the Town of Valenche. 4. View of the little Lake of Chede. 5. View of part of the village of Chamouni. 6. View of the Glacier called the Mer de Glace. 7. View of the Glacier called la Chute de la Mer de Glace. 8. The source of the Arveron. 9. View of part of the village of Bois. 10 .The small town of Evian. 11. The little town of Tonnon on the Lake of Geneva. 12. View of the mountains seen from Geneva.