Dolomites, by Félix Germain. 200 pages, with many photographic illustrations and two maps. Paris and Grenoble: B. Arthaud, 1950.
The 95th volume in the Beaux Pays series, this is one of the best picture books of the Dolomites. A map shows the location of the main group between the Adige (Pusterthal) and the Piave, and the separation of the eastern and western divisions by the trench of Val Badia and Val Cordevole. The western area, between the Val Gardena and S. Martino di Castrozza, contains the highest summit (Marmolata), while the eastern includes the mountains about Cortina. There is also an account of the Brenta groups between the Lake of Garda and Bolzano, covering the peaks accessible from Madonna di Campiglio. An excellent and informative French text accompanies the pictures. Here is a wonderland of grotesque form and reflected color to which many of us long to return.
J. M. T.