About the Cover Illustration

The figure on the cover of ASP.NET AJAX in Action is “Le Béarnais,” or an inhabitant of the region of Béarn in Southwestern France. The region is known for its contrasts, encompassing both valleys and mountains, that extend to the Pyrenean frontier with Spain.

The illustration is taken from a French travel book, Encyclopedie des Voyages by J. G. St. Saveur, published in 1796. Travel for pleasure was a relatively new phenomenon at the time and travel guides such as this one were popular, introducing both the tourist as well as the armchair traveler to the inhabitants of other regions of France and abroad.

The diversity of the drawings in the Encyclopedie des Voyages speaks vividly of the uniqueness and individuality ...

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