Lot 40
  • 40

Windham, William and Pierre Martel

Estimate
4,000 - 6,000 GBP
Sold
4,375 GBP
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Description

  • An Account of the Glacieres or Ice Alps in Savoy, in Two Letters, One from an English Gentleman to his Friend at Geneva; the other from Peter Martel, Engineer, to the said English Gentleman. Illustrated with a map, and two views of the place. London: for Peter Martel, 1744
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FIRST EDITION, 4to (280 x 210mm.), 2 folding etched plates, ORIGINAL STITCHED BLUE WRAPPERS, UNCUT, preserved in a later chemise and slipcase, some wear and loss to wrappers

Provenance

Thomas Hamilton, 7th Earl of Haddington (1721-1794), who travelled widely on the Continent, residing at Rome and later Geneva; by descent to the 12th Earl of Haddington, his sale in these rooms 2 July 1968, lot 198 (part)

Literature

Meckly 222 ("the cornerstone for a Mont Blanc collection"); Neate W109; Perret 2836

Catalogue Note

AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY. From the library of Thomas Hamilton, 7th Earl of Haddington (1721-1794), who accompanied Windham from Geneva in 1741 and is mentioned in the footnote to page 2. The second plate in this work includes THE FIRST APPEARANCE ON A MAP OF THE NAME MONT BLANC. The reports by Windham and Martel delivered to the Royal Society in London drew wider attention to the region around Chamonix. Martel (1706-1767) was a Swiss engineer and geographer, who visited the valley of Chamonix in the Alps of Savoy in 1742, inspired by an earlier visit by Windham.
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