This map shows the area around Chamonix, Mont Blanc and Geneva. The Buet glacier, to the northeast, was a point from which the highest mountains in the area could be seen. Note that the map is not oriented north to south. It appears in a guidebook for people exploring this area of the Alps, and contains information on the geology, the flora, history and the heights of the peaks.
The geography of Frankenstein
In Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, Frankenstein meets the monster opposite Montanvert (Montanverd on the map – point 20), just below Mont Blanc (26), now known as part of La Mer de Glace, the Sea of Ice. It’s described in Chapter 10 as ‘the sea, or rather the vast river of ice’. Other places mentioned include the River Arve, running from Geneva to Chamonix, and the Mole (71).
- Full title:
- Itinéraire de la vallée de Chamonix, d'une partie du Bas-Vallais et des montagnes avoisinantes.
- 1790, Lausanne, Romandy, Switzerland
- Book / Map / Illustration / Image
- Jacob Pierre Berthoud van Berchem
- Held by:
- British Library
- Usage terms:
- Public Domain
- Article by:
- Greg Buzwell
- Romanticism, The Gothic, The novel 1780-1832
Greg Buzwell describes the bizarre circumstances that gave rise to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and the other works that emerged from the ‘ghost story challenge’ at the Villa Diodati in the summer of 1816.