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[SHELLEY, Mary & Percy Bysshe.]

History of a Six Weeks' Tour...

through a part of France, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland: with letters descriptive of a sail round the lake of Geneva, and of the Glaciers of Chamouni.

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Published: London published by T. Hookham, Jun.; and C. and J. Ollier, [November] 1817

Stock Code: 129439

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First edition of Mary Shelley's first book, a rare survival in the original publisher's boards. The History of a Six Weeks' Tour was put together by Mary while she and Percy were living at Marlowe, which is where she finished Frankenstein, which was published on 1 January 1818. It comprises Mary's eighty one page journal account of her travels through Europe after her elopement with Percy, accompanied by her step-sister Claire Clairmont, from July to September 1814, to which she added her and Percy's letters, his all to Thomas Love Peacock, relating their second European sojourn, in the summer of 1816, around Lake Geneva and the vale of Chamouni, Switzerland. The final addition is Shelley's powerful and mysterious poem "Mont Blanc", which finds its first appearance in print here.

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Small octavo (170 x 105 mm). Original publisher's boards, paper title label to spine. Housed in a green strained grained morocco pull off slipcase and cloth chemise.


With the half-title.


Bookplate and small bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Ends chipped with some further wear at the tail, vertical crack down spine affecting label though the label mostly preserved but for a small flake of loss, joints cracked with discreet cloth repair inside hinges, boards themselves only lightly rubbed and in very smart condition, some minor spotting within, still a very good copy in the original boards untouched but for the cloth reinforcement to hinges.


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