Freshfield Douglas W.
Title The Life Of Horace Benedict De Saussure
Book Condition 480pp, 21 plates, original dark red cloth, bottom corners bumped, foxing to tissue guards, slight cracking to endpapers, owner's signature, internally very clean indeed, VG.
Edition 1920 First Edition
Publisher Edward Arnold 1920
Seller ID 63972
Saussure's early interest in botanical studies led him to undertake journeys among the Alps, and from 1773 onwards he directed his attention to the geology and physics of that region. This work did much to clear up the topography of the snowy portions of the Alps, and to attract the attention of tourists to spots like Chamonix and Zermatt. In 1760 he first visited Chamonix, and offered a reward to the first man to reach the summit of Mont Blanc, as yet unscaled. He made an unsuccessful attempt himself in 1785, by the Aiguille du Goûter route. Two Chamonix men, Dr Michel Paccard and Jacques Balmat attained the summit in 1786, by way of the Grands Mulets, and in 1787 Saussure himself made the third ascent of the mountain. A delightful study of early mountaineering and life in eighteenth century Geneva. A very scarce title.
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