Sketches of the Natural, Civil, and Political State of swisserland; in a series of letters to william melmoth, Esq.
London. Printed for J. Dodsley, 1779. First edition.
8vo. viii, 532pp, . Handsomely bound in contemporary gilt-tooled tree-calf, contrasting green morocco lettering-piece. Lightly rubbed, slight splitting to joints. Armorial bookplates of the Marquis of Blanford and Thomas Courtenay Theydon Warner to FEP, paper repairs to lower margins of leaves C1 and C2, slight chipping to head of leaves Gg6 and Gg7, occasional light spotting. Presentation copy, inscribed to recto of FFEP; 'From the Author'.
A presentation copy of the first edition of historian and Church of England clergyman William Coxe's (1748-1828) epistolary travelogue of a visit to Switzerland, a part of a European tour undertaken between 1775 and 1779 with the future eleventh earl of Pembroke. Addressed to William Melmoth the younger (bap. 1710, d. 1799), the letters include descriptions of an attempt upon Mont Blanc by residents of Chamouny, a visit to the glacier at Montenvers, and the use of mountaineering equipment such as crampons and 'a long pole spiked with iron'. A Dublin printed edition appeared concurrently. Coxe would publish a three-volume account of Switzerland in 1789.
ESTC T86683.£ 950.00 Antiquates Ref: 11056