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Images of Saussure's ascent and descent of Mont Blanc in 1787 were sketched by Marquard Wocher and engraved by Christian von Mechel in Basel in 1790. The first version of Voyage de Mr de Saussure à la cime du Mont Blanc au mois d’août 1787—La descente, is reproduced as Figure 10 in the Summits of Modern Man. Saussure insisted that version be destroyed and replaced by a portrait of Enlightenment, with Saussure standing in command above the crevasse in the stance of a guide as shown in the Voyages dans les Alpes (and in this image gallery).

Source: Teylers Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands [CC-BY-SA-3.0-nl (], via Wikimedia Commons.


Saussure, Mont Blanc, Wocher, Mechel


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