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L'Oeuvre scientifique du Club Alpin Français

L’Oeuvre scientifique du Club Alpin Français (1874-1922). 8 vo. ; pp. 518, with illustrations, maps and index. Paris, 1936.

In an impressive volume the scientific committee of the French Alpine Club presents the club’s work over a period of fifty years, dividing it into the periods 1874-1902, 1903-1914 and 1914-1922. During the first period, which begins with the foundation of the C. A. F., there was no special organization of research effort, but topography, glacialogy and speleology were studied by such men as H. Ferrand and E. A. Martel. In the second period the topographical work was dominated by Henri Vallot, while in the post-war period cartography was emphasized by the publication of the maps of Mont Perdu, the Picos de Europa and the Vallée de Sales, and the triangulation of the Cauterets area. Altitudes and mountain nomenclature have received much attention, the work culminating in the triangulation of the French Alps by P. Helbronner between 1914 and 1922.

J. M. T.