ZURLAUBEN, Beat Fidel (1720 - 1799) - LABORDE, Jean-Benjamin de (1734 - 1794).Tableaux De La Suisse, Ou Voyage Pittoresque Fait Dans Les Treize Cantons Et Etats Allies Du Corps Helvetique : Représentant les divers Phénomenes que la nature y rassemble, & les beautés dont l'art les enrichis; suivis de la description topographique, physique, historique, morale, politique & littéraire de ce Pays Par M. le Baron De ZurLauben. Ouvrage exécute aux faix & par les soins de M. De Laborde, orné de 430 Estampes, sous 278 numéros, dessinées par MM. Pérignon, Le Barbier, &c. & gravées par MM. Née & Masquelier, &c. Paris: Chez Lamy, Libraire, Quai des Augustins. Avec Approbation, Ez Privilege Du Roi, 1786
2 volumes in 3. Folio (19 x 12 inches). Volume One: half-title with 2 vignette portraits on verso, engraved allegorical frontispiece, additional engraved title-page, engraved vignette head-piece; double-page engraved general map of Switzerland, and 144 engraved plates on 98 leaves; volume II: 4 double-page and folding engraved maps, 128 engraved plates on 91 leaves; volume III: 2 magnificent double-page and folding engraved views of Lucerne, one double-page folding engraved map, 138 engraved plates on 51 leaves, including 11 leaves of engraved vignette portraits, across the three volumes variously numbered 1 - 278, or unnumbered, with the engravings that appear on the same page being given the same number on 79 leaves, and 3 additional duplicated plates, some plates laid down (page 499-500 with closed marginal tear with early repair). Near contemporary rose diced russia (covers detached or nearly so, extremities worn and generally unevenly faded to tan).
Provenance: From the library of Archibald Philip Primrose, fifth earl of Rosebery and first earl of Midlothian (1847–1929), prime minister and author, his sale Sotheby's, May 25, 1995, lot 380
First published in parts, from 1777. At the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, Switzerland achieved a modicum of independence from the Holy Roman Empire, compounding the neutrality from many of the conflicts of Europe that it had established during the Thirty Years War. The Ancienne Regime in Switzerland, as it became known post Napoleon, was a loose confederation of cantons, that many during the Enlightenment of 18th-century sought to consolidate into a nation. All that was considered great about Switzerland is show-cased in Zurlauben and Laborde's book, which is profusely and superbly illustrated with numerous detailed maps, splendid views, and portraits of important writers, scientists and leaders.
Interestingly the book is published in French, rather than German is evidence of the increasing influence of French refugees who came to Switzerland after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. The second half of the 18th century was when some of the best known writers of the era established themselves in what would become French Switzerland. In 1754 the famed philosopher Rousseau came back for good to Geneva, and Voltaire established himself at Ferney, while in 1753 the historian Edward Gibbon moved to Lausanne. Zürich at the time was home to a number of internationally known scholars, such as Johann Jakob Bodmer, Salomon Gessner, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi and Johann Caspar Lavater, styling itself as "Republic". In April of 1798 representatives of the separate cantons of the confederation met in Aarau. They proclaimed the Helvetic Republic and confirmed its new constitution, similar to the constitution of the French Republic, with a parliament (two chambers), a government (called board of directors) and a Supreme Court of Justice. The federalist tradition of Switzerland was ultimately eliminated.
From the distinguished library of Lord Rosebery, who was British prime minister for just over one tumultous and unsuccessful year, from March 3, 1894, to June 21, 1895. He was faced with a divided Cabinet and a hostile House of Lords, and therefore his ministry achieved little of consequence. "When his government lost a House of Commons vote on a minor issue, Rosebery hastily and gladly resigned. On Oct. 8, 1896, he also resigned as leader of the Liberal Party. During the South African War (1899–1902) his enthusiasm for the British Empire led to his estrangement from the bulk of the party, and, late in 1905, a few weeks before the Liberals returned to power, he completely broke with them by declaring his opposition to Irish Home Rule. He thereafter ceased to play any major role in public life. He wrote widely read biographies of Chatham, Pitt, Napoleon, and Lord Randolph Churchill; and he was noted throughout his life for his stable of racehorses" (Encyclopedia Britannica online).Cohen-Ricci 1075. Reynaud 573. Haller I, 235. Waber 38. Lonchamp 3362. SOLD WITH ALL FAULTS