Vue du Chateau de Chillon – Dans Le Canton de Berne, sur le Lac de Geneve, Prise du cote du valais
Copperplate Engraving from Baron Zurlauben’s topography published around 1780 engraved after the designs executed for this work by Nicolas Perignon during his travels through Switzerland in 1776-1777.
Dessine par Perignon, grave par Fessard l’Aine
Dimensions: Sheet including margins measures around 49 X 34 cm. Image size is approx. 22 x 35 cm.
Condition: Beautiful clean look, with one or two light and inconspicous spots in the margin. Examination with back lighting shows some spots or imperfections in the paper, but these are not visible on the surface.
Published in different editions between 1770 and 1786
With over 400 beautifully produced engravings, Baron de Zurlauben’s “Tableaux de la Suisse” is one of the most complete and beautiful books on Switzerland ever produced. The project was supported by Jean Benjamin de Laborde (1734 – 1794), a lieutenant general in the French army, and a favorite of Louis XV, and the Swiss General and military historian Baron von Zurlauben. The principal author, Zurlauben (1720 – 1799), had studied history with Jean Rollin in Paris and was a general of the “Schweizergard” (Swiss Guards) who protected French Royalty.
The full title of the work is: 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.