SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Johann Heinrich KELLER and Rudolf Heinrich FUSSILI.
Collection des Costumes de la Suisse.

This small souvenir book includes some beautifully coloured aquatints portraying the costumes of the main cities of Switzerland and the surrounding regions during the 19th century. This is a very rare publication as it contains all the plates in their original binding. The costumes are here represented within rural scenes, also showing the typical activities of the area to which they pertain. The aquatints were most probably designed by one of the publishers, Rudolph Heinrich Fussli, who studied with the famous Swiss landscape painter Johann Ludwig (or Louis) Bleuler. Fussli and Johann Keller, the other named publisher, specialised in such publications that were usually sold to tourists as souvenirs of their travels.

Zürich: Keller et Fussli, (c. 1810-1830).
Colas 660; not in Lipperheide.
24 + 1
Zürich: Keller et Fussli, (c. 1810-1830).

Small square 12mo, an excellent copy in original diced red leather. With a small stamp: "F.S. Fussli successeur de Keller & Fussli a Zurich." Gilt-stamped and title to spine, gilt bands in blind to spine; title within coloured flower garland and 24 charming aquatint illustrations of Swiss costumes, all beautifully coloured by hand. A rare and charming collection of costumes plates from different parts of 19th-century Switzerland and neighbouring regions. Johann Heinrich Keller and Rudolf Heinrich Fussli also published a 'Collection des habitations Rurales dans les XXII Cantons de la Suisse,' with 24 hand-coloured plates of Swiss farmhouses. Coloured plates in order: [Title page]. 1. Zurich. 2. Berne. 3. Lucerne. 4. Uri. 5. Schwyz. 6. Unterwalden. 7. Glarus. 8. Zoug. 9. Frybourg. 10. Soleure. 11. Bale. 12. Schaffhouse. 13. Appenzell. 14. St. Gall. 15. Grisons. 16. Argovie. 17. Thurgovie. 18. Tessin. 19. Vaud. 20. Valais. 21. Neuchatel. 22. Geneve. 23. Tyrol. 24. Foret noire.