Mont Pelee and the Tragedy of Martinique
Heilprin's study of the 1902 volcanic eruption
First edition, hardback bound in the original black boards with gilt titling to spine and printed design and titling to upper board. Top edge gilt. 24.5 × 16cm, xiii + 335pp, map.
Not signed as such but there is an intriguing inscription to the ffep "A.M.H. from G.G.W. in memory of Friday Feb 13, 1903, and the weeks before and after".
Illustrated with photographs taken mostly by the author, this is an important study of the disastrous volcanic eruption of Montagne Pelee (trans: bald mountain) in May 1902 at the northern end of Martinique in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean which claimed the lives of 30,000 residents. A secondary eruption 10 days later claimed a further 2000 rescue workers and engineers.
A good copy but with some wear. The inner binding is a little weak with the front hinge cracked but holding and a small taped repair to the rear. The cloth binding is in good order with a few faint marks to the front and the pages are clean.