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MAZUCHELLI, 'Nina' Elizabeth Sarah.
The Indian Alps and how we crossed them being a narrative of two years residence in the Eastern Himalaya and two months tour into the interior by a Lady Pioneer
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1876
Quarto (10 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches). 1 folding lithographic map with the routes marked in red, 10 chromolithographic plates by Hanhart, wood-engraved title vignette and numerous illustrations, all after Mazuchelli. (Some browning to leaves adjacent to each plate, as usual). Original green pebble-grained cloth by Westleys & Co. of London, the upper cover blocked in black and gilt with an elaborate panelled design with a shaped central panel containing the title and an image of the author in a "Bareilly dandy" being carried by bearers, the flat spine blocked in gilt and black with an overall design with the author, title and publisher's name, the lower cover with simple double fillet border in blind, brown glazed endpapers, top edge gilt, usual offset of plates to text. First edition of a classic of mountaineering literature, in the most desirable form of the binding. Together with her Army Chaplain husband, and the local District Officer, Elizabeth Sarah Mazuchelli (known as 'Nina') set out from their home in Darjeeling to explore the surrounding area. Their first journey was into Bhutan, traveling via 'Kalimpoong ' to 'Dumsong' and back. They then set out to explore the Eastern glaciers of the Himalayas. Traveling along the Singaleeh range (for much of the time following the border between Nepal and Sikkim) the expedition reached the Chunjerma pass (an area visited earlier by Joseph Hooker). Eventually, after encountering extreme conditions for which they were not prepared, they were forced to return home. The narrative is well written and readable and is accompanied by the author's own very atmospheric line sketches and a fine series of chromolithographs worked up from the author's watercolours: these include a fine view of Mount Everest. Whilst her husband and the the District Officer travelled on ponies, the author was conveyed by bearers in a "Bareilly dandy": "a kind of reclining chair made of cane, and suspended by leather straps to a strong rim of wood, the shape of a boat, with a pole at each end" (p.179).

Coloured plates in order:

1. Frontispiece. Junnoo, from below Soubabgoom.

[Map] Sikkim showing the Great Kinchinjunga Group in the Himalaya Mountains.

2. The Bhootia Busti (Village), Darjeeling.
3. Kinchinjunga & Pundeem, by Moonlight.
4. The Plains of Nepaul, from Mt. Tongloo.
5. Deodunga, (Mt. Everest)} Sunrise.
6. Our camp ascending the snow-fields.
7. We encamp in a snow-storm.
8. The desolate heights of Singaleelah.
9. Nursyng, from the Singaleelah Range.
10. Nursyng & Pundeem, from Soubahgoom (Evening).
Cf. Luree Miller On Top of the World, Five Women Explorers in Tibet (Seattle: 1985) pp.25-46; Neate M74; Robinson Wayward Women pp. 53-54; Yakushi M-126; Bobins III 1115
Hand coloured plates
Chromolithographs, India, Travel/Scenery
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