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BROCKEDON, William (1787--1854)
Illustrations of the passes of the Alps, by which Italy communicates with France, Switzerland, and Germany. By William Brockedon, ... Volume the first: containing the Little Saint Bernard, the Mont Genèvre, the Mont Cenis, the Mont Saint Gothard, the Great Saint Bernard, and the Monte Stelvio. (Volume the second: containing the Cornice, the Grimsel and the Gries, the Bernardin and the Splugen, the Brenner, the Tende and the Argentière, and the Simplon.)
London: printed for the author; and sold by Rodwell; J. and A. Arch; Carpenter and Son; Colnaghi and Son; F.G. Moon; Simpkin and Marshall; and Walther, 1828. (1829.)
2 vols ; 42.5 cm. (4°)
I: [6], 14, 15, [1], 16, 16, 16, 14 p., [54] pl.
II: [4], 16, 12, 16, 16, 16, 28 p., [55] pl.

Large paper (imperial quarto) copy, the plates proofs on India paper. Issued in twelve numbers, each with eight steel-engraved views from drawings by Brockedon and a hand-coloured copper-plate map. An additional general map of all the passes was included in the final number (but is sometimes placed at the start of vol. I). The plates have a blind stamp containing the author's monogram and the title 'Passes of the Alps'. The author's presentation copy in the BAL is accompanied by a letter dated 27 June 1835 which suggests that this final number may not have been published until that year. BAL, Early printed books, no. 430.

Copy Notes Parts 1 to 11, 'Imperial 4° India paper proofs', were purchased from the author for £23 2s. on 5 August 1829. (Archive 14/81/44; and Jnl 6, p. 179). Purchase of the final number is not recorded. Brockedon wrote to Soane on 10 January 1832 offering his drawings of the Alps for Soane's library for 400 guineas owing to Circumstances chiefly / arising out of the immense Cost of producing my publication / from them, but Soane was evidently not drawn. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.101).

Binding Contemporary calf, gilt roll-tooled borders and turn-ins, black leather spine-labels, gilt-lettered. Edwin Hutchinson was paid £2 on 11 December 1829 for binding. (Archive 7/10/17).

Reference Number 1793


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