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Antoine de Ville climbed Mont Inaccessible in 1492 on the orders of King Charles VIII of France. This image of the mountain appeared in a book on the seven wonders of Dauphiné issued by the Jesuits of Grenoble to commemorate the arrival of two royal princes in 1701. The obsequious caption equated the mountain with the then reigning monarch, Louis XIV, as unapproachable and towering over all.

Source: Claude-François Menestrier, Les sept miracles du Dauphiné présentez à Monseigneur le Duc de Bourgogne et à Monseigneur le Duc de Berry par les pères jésuites du collège Royal-Dauphin de Grenoble (Grenoble, 1701), p. 6; The Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations


Mont Inaccessible, Mont Aiguille


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