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NOUVELLE DECRIPTION DES VALLEES DE GLACE... ET DE HAUTES MONTAGNES DES ALPES PENNINE & RHETIENNES. 2 VOLS. [THE ICE AND HIGH MOUNTAIN VALLEYS THAT FORM THE CHAIN OF THE PENNINE & RHETIENNES ALPS] M. Bourrit 1783 Near Fine
By Bourrit, M.
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Complete title:  Nouvelle description des Valles de Glace et des Hautes Montagnes qui forment la Chane des Alpes pennines & Rhetiennes ddie au Roi de France. Par M. Bourrit, Chantre de l'glise Cathdrale de Genve & Pensionnaire du Roi. Volume 1 & 2 relis ens.  [New description of the Ice Valleys and the High Mountains which form the Chain of the Pennine & Rhetian Alps dedicated to the King of France. By Mr. Bourrit, Chanter of the Geneva Cathedral Church & King's Pensionary. Volume 1 & 2] 

Geneve, 1783, New edition. 247, 285 pp. Bound as one volume with 8 plates. Bound in full calf leather, with a new spine, also of leather, with gold lettering. In French. Condition is very clean, no foxing, no stains, no writing, very minor edge wear, and the mid-20th century spine has tightened the binding so the book feels solid. As Fine a condition as a 235 year old book can be.  

Bourrits books on the Alps were highly influential for the explorers who, during his lifetime made the first ascent of Mont Blanc, and several subsequent ascents. By 1808 the ascent of Mont Blanc even became an easy day for a lady.


A rare book of pre-Golden Age observations of Mont Blanc and the Alps. Listed in Meckly MONT BLANC: THE EARLY YEARS: A BIBLIOGRAPHY, item 026, "Bourrit was a prolific author and artist who was employed by De Saussure to illustrate his Voyages Dand Les Alpes. Saussure and Bourrit between them were the first to create a mountaineering interest in Mont Blanc."


From Wkipedia:

Marc-Thodore Bourrit was a good artist and etcher, and also a pastor, so that by reason of his fine voice and love of music he was made (1768) singer of the church of St Peter at Geneva. This post enabled him to devote himself to the exploration of the Alps, for which he had conceived a great passion ever since an ascent (1761) of the Voirons, near Geneva.


In 1775 he made the first ascent of the Buet (3096 m) by the now usual route from the Pierre Brard, on which the great flat rock known as the Table au Chantre still preserves his memory. In 1784-1785 he was the first traveller to attempt the ascent of Mont Blanc (conquered in 1786, which Bourrit lived to see), but neither then nor later (1788) did he succeed in reaching its summit. On the other hand, he reopened (1787) the route over the Col du Gant (3371 m), which had fallen into oblivion, and travelled also among the mountains of the Valais, of the Bernese Oberland


Bourrit's writings are composed in a sentimental style, but breathe throughout a most passionate love for the Alps, as wonders of nature, and not as objects of scientific study. His chief works are the Description des glacires de Savoye, 1773, the Description des Alpes pennines et rhtiennes (2 vols., 1781), and the Descriptions des cols ou passages des Alpes, (2 vols., 1803), while his Itinraire de Genve, Lausanne et Chamouni, first published in 1791, went through several editions in his lifetime.



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