Laborde, Jean-Benjamin de and Béat Fidèl Antoine Dominique, baron de Zurlauben
6,000 - 9,000 GBP
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- Tableaux topographiques, pittoresques, physiques, historiques, moraux, politiques, littéraires, de la Suisse [and] Tableaux de la Suisse. Paris: Clousier (volume one) and Lamy (volumes 2-6), 1780-1786
FIRST EDITION, 4 volumes (of 5; see footnote) bound in 6, folio (428 x 312mm.), comprising 2 volumes of text in 4, and 2 plate volumes, half-title in volume 5 with engraved vignette and text on verso, and allegorical engraved frontispiece by Née after Moreau, engraved title in volume 6, engraved double-page general map and 278 numbered plates and maps on 248 sheets, many with 2 views, some double-page, contemporary marbled calf gilt, flat spines gilt with red morocco onlays and green morocco labels, lacking Quétant's "Table analytique et raisonnée", volumes 1-4 and 6 without half-titles, bindings slightly rubbed
Dr Samuel Burckhardt, bookplate
Cohen-de Ricci 1075-76; Longchamp 3362
The plates depict not only the natural scenery of the country, but art works and city views, as well as portraits of historic personages. A product of the movement to unite Switzerland's cantons as a single country, this work helped to define a national identity. This work is often described as having 5 volumes; it was issued as 2 volumes of text (each in two parts), 2 volumes of plates and a fifth volume, Quétant's Table analytique et raisonnée (not present here).