COLEMAN, Edmund T. Scenes From The Snow-Fields; being Illustrations of the Upper Ice-World of Mont Blanc, from Sketches made on the Spot in the Years 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858; with historical and descriptive Remarks and a Comparison of the Chamonix and and St Gervais Route. [Ivrea, Pheljna, 1984].
Large folio; publisher's original purple wrappers, front cover lettered in gilt, within drop-back box, front cover lettered in gilt, within the original cardboard box with label (original price Lit 200.000); pp. 47, 19 colour plates; as new.
Limited edition reprint of the original London publication of 1859. This is number 222 of 500 copies signed by the publisher. Edmund Thomas Coleman (1823-1892) was the founding member of the Alpine Club (1858) and an experienced mountaineer who in 1855 reached the summit of Mont Blanc. In 1858 he was the first to reach the top of Domes de Miage (3673 m, Montblanc range). The work is dedicated to John Ruskin, in honour of his 'eloquent exposition of the beauties and attributes of mountain scenery'. Coleman intended to convey in this work the views 'experienced by Alpine travellers ... those more extraordinary combinations which are only to be met with above the level of perpetual snow' (Preface). - The original is so rare and sought after that a copy fetched £7800 in 2011 at auction.
See Abbey Travel 68; Neate 169.