Mont Blanc and the Seven Valleys by R. Frison-Roche & Pierre Tairraz
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France. Arthaud Editions. 1961. First Edition, w. special edition folded map. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine, some fading to pages but images are sharp and bright. Jacket Condition: Near Fine, some bumps at the spine. Map Condition: Carefully preserved. 267pp. (ill. in colour & b/w).Trans. & ed. by Roland Le Grand w. Wilfred Noyce.
Includes 169 heliogravure illustrations & colour foldable map.
Beautifully preserved volume that roves with its text and sharpens the eye with its crisp photo reproductions of Mont Blanc. In literary history, Mont Blanc has become synonymous with its sign: the token symbol of the 'sublime' experience, that majestic indifference of the natural world that thrills and annihilates at the same time. In that light, the exactness of the images and the historical, communal, and descriptive commentary that comprises this volume is a treat––grass you can touch, animals living their lives, the simultaneously aerial and involved position of the photographs. This text makes us consider how the beauty, the history, the life that thrives and exists behind the signs that have come to mean something beyond life or language––by looking at Mont Blanc from every angle, the volume brings the mountain down to size.