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ALBANIS BEAUMONT, Jean François.

Travels through the Rhætian Alps,

in the year MDCCLXXXVI. From Italy to Germany, through Tyrol: by Albanis Beaumont ... The work is ornamented with ten large aqua-tinta engravings, from original designs by the author ...

Stock Code
95429
London, for the Author, 1792
£2,500

'Jean François Albanis Beaumont, (1755–1812), engraver and landscape painter, may have been a son of, or related to, the Piedmontese artist Claudio Francesco Beaumont (1694–1766). He was born at Chambéry, entered the engineering school at Mezières, and in 1775 joined the Sardinian army as an engineer. At this time Sardinian territory extended into what is now Provence, and Beaumont was working as a hydraulic engineer at Nice, where he met the duke of Gloucester. In 1780 the duke engaged him as a teacher of mathematics and fortifications to his children; Beaumont then accompanied the duke on his travels in the Alps. Beaumont himself made several crossings of the region, and on one occasion travelled westwards along the Mediterranean coast into French territory. A few years later he travelled through the maritime Alps from Cuneo in Italy to Nice by the newly constructed road across the pass of Lanslebourg. In the

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Description

First edition, folio (57 x 39.5 cm), viii, 82, [ii] pp., engraved map, 10 fine aquatint plates after drawings by the author, uncut in contemporary calf-backed marbled boards.

Bibliography

Abbey (Travel), 49.

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