MOUNTAINEER

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[Thomas George Bonney, geologist, Alpine mountaineer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T G Bonney'), urging a lady to abandon 'matters far too difficult and complicated' for her, to be 'useful to others in a less ambitious but more practical sphere'.

Author: 
T. G. Bonney [Thomas George Bonney] (1833-1923), geologist and Alpine mountaineer, President of the Geological Society of London and the Alpine Club
Publication details: 
8 October 1904. On letterhead of 23 Denning Road, Hampstead, N.W. [London]
£120.00

See Bonney's entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The recipient is not named. It is unfortunate that the subject of the letter is not stated. Against the charge of misogyny, it should be noted that Bonney 'had the reputation of being a hard teacher, but also a generous man', and that he could equally well have written in the same way to a man he considered equally ill-equipped for a theological task.

[Henriette d'Angeville, mountaineer.] Autograph Letter Signed, in French, thanking Lady Cullum of Hardwick for her support on her climb of Mont Blanc, with 'Bouquet' of dried flowers picked in the Alps. AND important Memorandum detailing the Climb.

Author: 
Henriette d'Angeville (1794-1871), mountaineer, the second woman to climb Mont Blanc [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
[Letter] 'Genève ce 18 7bre 1838.' Memorandum] 'Chamonix 5 7bre 1838'.
£1,800.00

A. Autograph Letter. The present letter – a very nice artefact of female mountaineering – was written immediately after d'Angeville's first ascent of Mont Blanc in 1838 (she was the second person to climb the mountain, after Maria Paradis thirty years before), and sending a selection of flowers picked on the way to Lady Cullum, who had been present to give her encouragement. D'Angeville would climb Mont Blanc again, in addition to a further twenty-one other peaks in the following twenty-five years. Her last Alpine ascent was on Oldenhorn, at age 65. The letter is 2pp, 4to.

Fragment of Autograph Letter Signed from the Welsh writer Showell Styles.

Author: 
Showell Styles (1908-2005), Welsh writer and mountaineer, whose detective fiction appeared under the pseudonym 'Glyn Carr'
 Autograph Letter Signed from the Welsh writer Showell Styles.
Publication details: 
Dated August 1970; on letterhead of Trwyn Cae Iago, Borth-y-Gest, Portmadoc, Caernarvonshire.
£38.00
 Autograph Letter Signed from the Welsh writer Showell Styles.

The 12mo letter has been cut into two sections, both laid down on a piece of mustard paper, with typed caption. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The body of the letter is on a piece of paper roughly 11 cm square. Six lines of text, enclosing 'autograph & quotation' (not present), and apologising for having 'no photo available'. 'Glad you enjoy my books, & thanks for your good wishes'. The smaller piece, with letterhead and Styles's dating, is roughly 8.5 x 3.5 cm.

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
John Tyndall (1820-1893), English physicist and mountaineer
Publication details: 
16 November 1881; on embossed letterhead of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
£75.00

12mo, 2 pp. good, on aged paper, but with slight damage along the inner edge as a result of removal from stub. Text entirely legible. Docketed 'Professor Tyndall' in a contemporary hand at foot of second page. He wishes he 'could respond to half the invitations for which I am indebted to the kind acts of my friends'. The 'duties now pressing' on him 'render this literally impossible'. 'All I can do under the circumstances is to wish success to your young society'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Cor<dier>'), 'A Monsieur <Jukeur?> opticien - rue de Conde Paris'.

Author: 
Joseph Cordier (1775-1849), French engineer, in charge of work on the Simplon Pass in 1800
Publication details: 
Without date or place [Paris].
£45.00

12mo bifolium: 1 p. 11 lines of text. Address and docketing on second leaf. Good, but with 1 cm hole in first leaf of bifolium, possibly caused by breaking open of blue wafer, which still adheres. Hole causing loss to two words, including latter part of signature. Asks the recipient 'de remettre a Mr. Pousin conducteur des ponts et chaussees, un double demi metre en Cuivre et un metre en cuivre avec quatre petites roulettes pointilles'. He will pay for the order in a few days time.

Markham Sherwill's collection of autographs. Reprinted from 'The Alpine Journal,' November 1938.

Author: 
Claire-Eliane Engel [Captain Markham Sherwill; William Upcott; Edward Bootle Wilbraham]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd., New-Street Sq., E.C.4. 1939.
£75.00

Octavo: 9 pp. Stitched. In original grey printed wraps. Good. Inscribed by the author to the embryologist Sir Gavin de Beer ('For Mr. G. S. de Beer [sic] With my best wishes C. E. Engel'), author of 'Early Travellers in the Alps' (1930). The article describes the correspondence amassed by Sherwill (a friend of William Upcott) relating to his ascent of Mont Blanc in 1825, quoting from letters of Catharine Hutton, Charles Fellows, Edward Bootle Wilbraham, Martin Barry and Comte Henri de Tilly. 'In 1840 he presented it to the Bibliotheque Royale de France.

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