[Henriette d'Angeville, mountaineer.] Autograph Letter Signed, in French, thanking Lady Cullum of Hardwick for her support on her climb of Mont Blanc, with 'Bouquet' of dried flowers picked in the Alps. AND important Memorandum detailing the Climb.

Author: 
Henriette d'Angeville (1794-1871), mountaineer, the second woman to climb Mont Blanc [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
[Letter] 'Genève ce 18 7bre 1838.' Memorandum] 'Chamonix 5 7bre 1838'.
£1,800.00
SKU: 22383

A. Autograph Letter. The present letter – a very nice artefact of female mountaineering – was written immediately after d'Angeville's first ascent of Mont Blanc in 1838 (she was the second person to climb the mountain, after Maria Paradis thirty years before), and sending a selection of flowers picked on the way to Lady Cullum, who had been present to give her encouragement. D'Angeville would climb Mont Blanc again, in addition to a further twenty-one other peaks in the following twenty-five years. Her last Alpine ascent was on Oldenhorn, at age 65. The letter is 2pp, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with the paper slightly stained by the dried flowers. Folded twice. The dried flowers have been laid down evocatively at the top left of the first page, with six of their names written beside them, together with the place they were picked, as for example the third: 'Saxifraga Bryoïdes. | de mon bivouac des grands rivulets' and 'Erica Vulgaris. | fragment du bouquet que m'a donné Lady Cullum à mon retour du Mont Blanc.' Other locations are: 'Pierre Pointue', 'la pierre de l'échelle' and (twice) 'près le glacier des Bossous'. Beneath the flowers and their captions d'Angeville has written the caption: 'Bouquet offert à Myladie Cullum par Henriette d'Angeville'. In the nineteen-line letter that follows she brings to mind 'cette ascension pendant laquelle vos bons voeux m'ont accompagné et porté bonheur', and she describes 'le Souvenir du vif imterêt que vous m'avez temoigné d'une manière si amiable'. She hopes to see her again in England or France, 'ou dans quelques uns des Voyages que je compte faire emcore avant que l'âge me olise: Assez!' The letter ends with renewed and graceful remembrances. B. The MEMORANDUM: Autograph memorandum in the third person, in French, written immediately after he descent from Mont Blanc, giving details of the climb, at the request of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum and his wife. 'Chamonix 5 7bre 1838'. A historic document and significant artefact of female mountaineering, written immediately after d'Angeville's first ascent of Mont Blanc in 1838 (she was the second person to climb the mountain, after Maria Paradis thirty years before), at the request of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum and his wife Lady Ann, who had been present to give their encouragement. D'Angeville would climb Mont Blanc again, in addition to a further twenty-one other peaks in the following twenty-five years. Her last Alpine ascent was on Oldenhorn, at age 65. The memorandum is on one side of an 8.5 x 13 cm piece of paper, laid down on a leaf removed from an album. In fair condition, aged, with light staining caused by the glue used to mount the item. Ten lines of text, beginning: 'Mademoiselle Henriette d'Angeville de Lompnès dpt. de l'Oir, France, agée de Quarante Quatre Ans, a commencé l'ascension de Mont blanc le 3 7bre. 1838, atteint la cime le 4 7bre à l heure 25 minutes, y est restée près d'une heure, et, à Son retour le 5 7bre., elle a écrit cette Note à la demande de Sir Thomas et Milady Cullum, qu'elle remercie l'un et l'autre de l'aimable interêt quils ont bien vouler lui témoinger dans cette circonstance.'