the valley of Chamounix
Properly Chamonix, this valley lies
in France at the northern approach to Mont Blanc. Mary and Percy Bysshe
Shelley, along with Claire Clairmont,
made an excursion to this valley of almost a week from 21 to 27 July, 1816, while Mary was deep in the
writing of her novel. A long description of the excursion, written by
Shelley to Thomas Love Peacock, was included in A History of a Six
Weeks' Tour: see Letter 4.
This is the valley of Chamonix from the summit of the
Flégère peak to the north, with the chain of Mont Blanc
rising above it.
The village of Chamonix.
From Walter Woodburn Hyde, "The Ascent of Mont Blanc," in National
Geographic, 24:8 (August 1913), 861-942.