The most famous and the most complete collection of engravings on Switzerland.
Cohen 1075-1076 ; Barbier IV-658 ; Reynaud 573-574.
It is illustrated with one frontispiece by Moreau, one engraved title, 227 engravings of cities, landscapes and various views including 109 with two subjects, 5 plates of medals, 7 maps and 11 plates of portraits drawn by Le Barbier, Châtelet, Bertaux and Pérignon.
These artists had come especially to Switzerland to accurately draw the most beautiful sites of the country.
It was in 1776 that Benjamin de la Borde, who had been able to appreciate Lebarbier's real talent, sent him to this country to draw some of the plates which were to adorn the book he wanted to publish and for which he was covering the costs.
“These are landscapes animated by figures, views of monuments wisely and academically rendered." (Baron Roger Portalis, Les Dessinateurs d’illustrations au Dix-Huitième siècle).
Precious copy, complete with all its maps and engravings printed here on large Holland paper, preserved in a rare red morocco contemporary binding.
Provenance: ex libris from a Russian library and Albert Wander.