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The Story of Mont Blanc free pdf This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ... THE STORY OF MONT BLANC. CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTORY. rpWENTY-SEVEN years ago--when children's books were rare presents, and were so prized, and read, and read again, until the very position of the paragraphs was known by heart--I had a little volume given to me at the Soho bazaar, called " The Peasants of Chamouni," which told, in a very truthful manner, the sad story of Dr. Hamel's fatal attempt to reach the summit of Mont Blanc in 1820. I dare say that it has long been out of print- but I have still my own old copy by me, and I find it was published by Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, in 1823. My notions of the Alps at that time were very limited. We had a rise near our town of Chertsey, called St. Anne's Hill, from which it was fabled that the dome of St- Paul's had once been seen with a telescope, at a distance of some sixteen or seventeen miles, as the crow flew- and its summit was the only high ground I had ever stood upon. Knowing no more than this, the little book, which I have said had a great air of truth about it, made a deep impression on me- I do not think that " The Pilgrim's Progress" stood in higher favor. And this impression lasted from year to year. Always devouring the details of any work that touched upon the subject, I at length got a very fair idea, topographical and general, of the Alps. A kind friend gave me an old four-volume edition of " De Saussure-" and my earliest efforts in French were endeavors to translate this work. I devoured the adventures of Captain Sherwill and Dr. Clarke in the magazines of our local institution- and finally I got up a small moving panorama of the horrors pertaining to Mont Blanc from Mr. Auldjo's narrative--the best of all that I have read- and this I so painted up and exaggerated in my...

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Author : Albert Smith
Publisher : Theclassics.Us
Data Published : 12 September 2013
ISBN : 1230246231
EAN : 9781230246239
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 46 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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