London: George Routledge and Sons, 1890.
Second Edition. Hardcover. This Victorian travelogue is the work of Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1831–1892), the queer English novelist, journalist, Egyptologist, and co-founder of the Egypt Exploration Fund. Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys forms the account of her 1872 ramble through the northeastern Italian mountain range accompanied by her friend Lucy Renshawe, from Venice to Longarone, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Pieve di Cadore, Auronzo di Cadore, Val Buona, Caprile, Agordo, Primiero, Predazzo, Fassa Valley, Passo Fedaia, Sasso Bianco, Forno di Zoldo, Zoppè di Cadore and Caprile, ending in Bolzano. Lacking the frontispiece; all else present. Illustrated in 8 monochrome plates, 17 wood engraved vignettes, and fold-out "Map of the Central Dolomites of Southern Tyrol." An admittedly worn copy, which looks rather as if it could have accompanied our adventuress to the heights of the Dolomites, but still a stunning 1890 printing of the intrepid Amelia B. Edwards' account of her 1872 mountain journey.
9 1/8" X 6 1/2". xxiv, fold-out map, 25-389pp. Green cloth over boards with scene of the Sasso di Ronch dramatically stamped in browns, greens, and gilt to upper board, with another scene from the Dolomites stamped in browns, greens, and grays to spine, both lettered in gilt. Rather heavy wear to binding, with corners turned in and frayed, small tears to head and tail of spine, scattered rubbing, and mild soiling. Hinges tender, with rear hinge starting to crack and webbing coming visible. Faint dampstain to top edges of endpapers, very faint with some gentle rippling to top edges of some pages. Lacking frontispiece. Small tear to author's name at title page. Binding remains sound. Occasional smudge of spot of foxing to pages, else unmarked. Illustrated in 8 monochrome plates, 17 wood engraved vignettes, and fold-out "Map of the Central Dolomites of Southern Tyrol." Fair. Item #5956