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Ascent to the Summit of Mont Blanc, 16th-18th of 9th Month (Septr.), 1834
, Prvt prtd for Barry by H. Teape & Son, Printers, Tower-Hill, London
1st, 8vo, pp.40, frontis, lithograph, uncut, original brown paper boards
boards w/ spine taped, title label pasted to front cover, Jacomb, Field & AAC/Field (blacked out) bookplates, cover & ffep separated, ffep chipped/taped, good
Barry was accompanied by six guides when he made, according to his calculations, the 16th ascent (20th person not counting guides) of Mont Blanc. Meckly credits him with the 17th and Perret with the 21st ascent. There are two variants of the title page for this first edition with either SEPTR or Septr in the title. Neither variant is accorded priority. This represent the second variant of the title page for the first edition. This scarce, privately printed, edition proved popular enough to produce a second edition. Meckly 014, Neate B49, Perret 275.
Frederick William Jacomb (1829 – 1893) – A part-time mountaineer who, along with William Mathews and guides Jean Baptiste and Michel Croz, was among the first party to reach the summit of Monte Viso (3,843m, 12,609’), the highest peak in the Cottian Alps (part of the Western Alps) on August 30, 1861.
Field, William O. (1904 – 1994) – A noted glaciologist, who wrote extensively on Alaskan glaciers, he worked for the American Geographical Society as head of the Department of Exploration and Research, was an AAC Honorary Member, and cofounder of the Harvard Mountaineer Club. Field studied over 200 glaciers and wrote ‘Mountain Glaciers of the Northern Hemisphere’ (1975). Osgood Peak, Alberta (3063m), of which he made the first ascent in 1925, is named after him, as well as Field Glacier.
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