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FELLOWES, Charles.
A Narrative of an Ascent to the Summit of the Mont Blanc...

London: [privately printed] 1827.
Not in Abbey, Perret 1505, Bobins 477.
London: [privately printed] 1827.

FIRST EDITION. Quarto, 35pp., engraved title vignette, ten hand-coloured steel engraved plates. Dark green morocco with design in gilt to boards, gilt to spine inner dentelles, and all edges. MS inscription 'Miss Pearson from her affectionate Cousin, The Author' to half-title. A loosely inserted newspaper report of the 'Late Ascent to Mont Blanc' in 1827. This edition was limited to 50 copies, of which 17 or 18 were coloured by hand. The author was a young English archaeologist of 28 years when he managed to achieve with Benjamin Hawes the 18th ascent of Mont Blanc in 1827 and the first making use of the passage of the "Corridor," which is described in this work. A RARE and most sought-after work. Coloured plates in order: 1. Title vignette. 2. Mont Blanc, from the Col de balme. 3. Le Mont Blanc. Vu de Servoz. 4. Mont Blanc from the Breven. 5. Passing the Rocks at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi. 6. Frequent appearance of the Ice with Bridges of Snow. 7. Arriving at the Grand Mulets. 8. Ascending a Cliff. 9. Difficult Pass of a Crevice. 10. Descending the Steep Snows. 11. Descending a Cliff.