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TRAVELS THROUGH THE ALPS OF SAVOY AND OTHER PARTS OF THE PENNINE CHAIN WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THE PHENOMENA OF GLACIERS James D. Forbes 1843 1st UK ed Leather binding Fine
By Forbes, James D.
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Edinburgh, 1843, first edition. 424 pp, 9 lithographed plates including colored lithograph frontispiece, other illustrations, six colored maps.  This copy is half leather, expertly rebound within the last few decades in a dark blue leather spine with gold letters and decorations, and marbled boards. The interior is Near Fine and has almost no foxing. The exterior is very handsome and in utterly Fine condition, overall Near Fine to Fine.

This book is heavy and large so extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail. 

Considered one of the landmark studies of the Alps, both geologically and for early travels and climbs. Forbes' Travels Through The Alps is one of the keystone books of the Pre-Golden Age of Alpine climbing, written during the period before Albert Smith stirred up the English gentry in that magic decade between Alfred Wills's ascent of the Wetterhorn in 1854 and Edward Whymper's ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865, during which many major peaks in the Alps saw their first ascents. 

Forbes was one of the first scientist-climbers, and made the first British ascent of a virgin Alpine peak. 'Regarded as the father of British mountaineering, the distinguished Scottish scientist was the first British mountaineer to engage in a series of expeditions in the Alps. 

Travels Through the Alps was the first book in English which described a series of Alpine climbs'. 'Forbes was a Scottish scientist and traveler. He made many observations and mountain expeditions in the Alps, Norway and Dauphine. 

His books are the first English accounts of systematic Alpine exploration and description of various regions.' He made the fourth (first British) ascent of the Jungfrau and the first British ascent of the Stockhorn. His observations on glaciers made during his expeditions to the Alps and Norway led him to conclude that a glacier moves faster than the ice beneath it, and that the velocity of a glacier increases directly with the steepness of its bed. These conclusions involved Forbes in some controversy with John Tyndall and others however he was undoubtedly the first to obtain accurate measurements, and to establish a definite base for future theories.






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