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THE DOLOMITE MOUNTAINS. EXCURSIONS THROUGH TYROL, CARINTHIA, CARNIOLA, & FRIULI IN 1861, 1862, & 1863. WITH A GEOOGICAL CHAPTER, AND PICTORIAL ILLUSTRATIONS FROM ORIGINAL DRAWINGS ON THE SPOT. Josiah Gilbert, GC Churchill 1864 1st ed VG
By Gilbert, Josiah and GC Churchill
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London, Longman's, 1864, 1st edition. 576 pp, 24 pp advertisements. 6 color lithographs, 27 wood engravings by Edward Whymper, 2 fold-out maps. Half leather with marbled boards, TEG.

Hardcover, book is bound in its original pebbled red cloth, with gold spine lettering and front cover embossing. The spine is faded making the title hard to read, but all the lettering is intact and not chipped.  Exterior is VG. Internally the book has no stains, writing or foxing. Large bookplates or clippings have been removed from inside both covers leaving some glue and paper marks behind. I see no marks from a library. Covers are a little loose. Overall a Very Good to Near Fine copy of a classic early book on the magnificent Dolomites. 

Josiah Gilbert and George Cheetham Churchill: Their Dolomite Book was researched and written in the years 1861-1863. Both were members of the Geological Society of London, and so the book contains in addition to the travel descriptions in the form of letters to friends at home a geological section

From the Alpine Journal, 1864:

'The Dolomite Mountains. This work is one of more than ordinary merit as a book of travels. It contains much valuable information respecting those remarkable mountains in the East of Europe, which have taken their name from M. Dolomieu, a French savant who more than seventy years ago first called attention to them, and is likely in consequence to be remembered as long as the Dolomites continue to engage the notice of adventurous mountaineers or thoughtful geologists.

'The places visited by the authors have been carefully observed, and the results are recorded by them with elaborate accuracy. A strong and delicate appreciation of the beautiful in nature is perceptible in almost every page, and under its impulse, Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Churchill, accompanied by their wives, have explored numerous valleys hitherto but little known, have endured privations and hardships which must have been very trying, at least to the ladies, and have in the end produced an elegant and readable book that will be found an invaluable vade tecum for all who intend to travel through the same district in the same manner. The book, however, is but of little value to the practised mountaineer, beyond pointing out where the places are that he should go to; for the authors made no difficult ascents.' 



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