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"Ces Monts sublimes." Les Ecrivains a la Montagne

“Ces Monts sublimes.” Les Ecrivains a la Montagne, by Claire- Eliane Engel and Charles Vallot. 8 vo. ; 304 pages, with bibliography, index and 8 illustrations by Samivel. Paris : Librairie Delagrave (15 Rue Soufflot), 1936.

This volume is the second and concluding of the anthology reviewed in A.A.J., ii, 309. The period covered in 1803-95, and fifty-four authors, French, English and German are represented. They are poets, historians, philosophers and geographers, writing at a time when contact with the mountains was expressed in terms of spiritual exaltation, a common characteristic which has led to the use of “sublime” in the title of the present volume. Although the descriptions are restricted to the mountains of western Europe, one meets the authors in diverse localities : Lamartine at Milly, near Macon ; Gautier in the Spanish sierras ; Hugo on the Rigi ; Durier on the Brevent ; Schrader at Gavarnie. For the Alpine historian, however, these literary extracts will be of less value than the numerous biographical sketches of the various writers. Samivel, as usual, has furnished impressive illustrations.

J. M. T.