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TOUR OVER THE ALPS AND IN ITALY Albert Montemont 1823 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By Montemont, Albert
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London, 1823. 1st edition. 78 pp, with two aquatint engravings on one plate. In English, Translated from the French. TEG. These are original text pages and engravings printed in 1823. Paper is in excellent condition. In a handsome period-style binding, half blue calf (spine and corners) over marbled boards, with gilt lettering and decoration on spine. Marbled end papers. For its age, condition is Near Fine. Minor foxing, no major flaws.

Presented through sixteen letters to a friend, Montemont's journey takes him from Paris to Geneva and through the Alps to Italy. Described for the reader is the dramatically sited Swiss Martigny, Valorcine on the Swiss border and the people of Valais. In France, Montemont marvels at the breathtaking Mont Blanc and guides us through stunning Chamonix, a narrow valley, fifteen miles long and half a mile wide, surrounded by pine forests, steep mountains and white glaciers.

In Italy, Montemont strolls along the fertile banks of Lake Como, noting the area's topographical features, and the surrounding hamlets and villages; elaborates on the beauty and scents of the Borromeo Islands, and finally reaches Milan, Turin and Genoa in turn. Vivid and detailed commentary.

Excerpt from publisher's advertisement at front of book:
'The following work contains much correct information; the occasional observations of a man of taste and learning, addressed to a congenial spirit upon the various materials which, with an easy elegance, in a clear and animated manner, he briefly analyses and examines. In addition to the acquisitions previously communicated by other meritorious writers, he has brought together many facts, characteristic and highly descriptive of the countries and their inhabitants, in the little scenes and incidents which awaited him - the little pleasing pictures which he happily sketches, scattered here and there through the letters.

'In an area so crowded with magnificence, intercourse with its novel and curious circumstances, however frequent, varied, and habitual, will never produce satiety - will never lose its hold upon the mind.

'The spirit of patriotism and good sense, the impress of generous feelings, which pervade the author's elegant and gentle mind, cannot be more advantageously exhibited than it is throughout the volume. But to enjoy the full force of many particular topics, which give an insinuating interest to the narrative, the inquisitive Reader must apply to the Book itself.'


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