Switzerland, Or, a Journal of a Tour and Residence in That Country, in the Years 1817, 1818 and 1819; Followed by an Historical Sketch on the Manners and Customs of Ancient and Modern Helvetia in Which the Events of Our Own Time Volume 1

Switzerland, Or, a Journal of a Tour and Residence in That Country, in the Years 1817, 1818 and 1819; Followed by an Historical Sketch on the Manners and Customs of Ancient and Modern Helvetia in Which the Events of Our Own Time Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...vehicles which had brought us were left at St. Martin, and we mounted chars-ti-banc for the rest of the journey, under the plea of safety, but, in fact, to answer the purposes of the people of the place, who hire them out; and if you insisted on proceeding any Vol. I. v 290 UGLINESS OP THE PEOPLE. other way, they would contrive to make it inconvenient to you in the end. The land seems in good cultivation, and the houses not much inferior to those of Switzerland; yet the people look wretched, dwarfish, sallow, and have large goitres. It was market-day at one of the places we passed, and such an assemblage of ugliness and squalid poverty I never beheld any where before. Children, however, appeared in good health and lively; it seems as if the principle of ugliness and of poverty fully developed in regard to the parents, at least was not innate in the species, which leaves some hopes. We should have had to-day fine views of Mont Blanc, but it was hid in clouds. Alp hunting, like other sports, is subject to disappointments. Near Servoz we traversed an immense track of ruins, the wrecks of a mountain, which fell about seventy years ago; the catastrophe seems to have been more like the sinking of the wider cliff, on the south side of the Isle of Wight, than the fall of the Rossberg into the Vale of Gol-dau, but of much greater extent than either. A perpendicular slice of a schistous mountain settled down into the earth, not of course without some little disturbance on the surface, which presents for several miles a chaos of black slaty fragments, among which the Nant Noir, a foaming torrent, works its laborious way. VALE OF CIIAMOUNI. 291 After one hour's rest in the valley of Servoz we began a long ascent, mostly on foot, over the ridge which...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666129X
  • 9781236661296