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RAYMOND, Jean-Baptiste. [The first 'tourist' map of Mont Blanc]
Carte Physique et Minéralogique du Mont-Blanc et des Montagnes et Vallées qui l'avoisinent Présentée à Son Excellence Le Comte Molé Pair de France Directeur Général des Ponts et chaussées et des Mines. Paris, 1815. 615 x 875mm. Some minor creasing.
A large and detailed antique map of the environs of Mont Blanc ( Monte Bianco) with an inset view top right, surveyed, drawn and engraved by Raymond (1766-1830), a captain of the French Royal Engineers. Surveyed between between 1797-99, the text panel states it was published to complement Horace-Bénédict de Saussure's 'Voyages dans les Alpes' and for the 'use of travellers who want to visit the Glaciers of Chamonix'. Thus it was the first map published for Alpine tourists. The map extends to Cluse and Flumet in the west to Aosta in the east. The relief of the mountains is depicted with hachuring rather than contours, giving a remarkable 3D effect.
[Ref: 12296]    £750.00 ($960 • €859 rates)


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