SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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WOLF, [Caspar].
Merkwürdige Prospekte aus den Schweizer-Gebürgen und derselben Beschreibung.

Bern: 1776.
Not in Perret; Bobins 1081.
Bern: 1776.

Tall 8vo, 12 plates of which 11 are hand-coloured aquatints, one engraved diagram, later full navy blue morocco. Karl Gottlieb Küttner spoke of the skillful awe-inspiring beauties of Swiss scenery as depicted by Wolf: “Skilled, terrifying, shocking were the main epithets applied in the aesthetic, art historical writing of the late 18th century.” Wolf’s work also had a scientific function, accurately revealing the formation of the mountains and the patterns of erosion, closely related to climate conditions. Coloured plates in order: 1. Breitlauwinen, contre le Glacier du Breithorn. 2. Vallee de Lauterbrounn contre les Glaciers, Canton de Berne. 3. Schiltwaldbach en hyver vis-a-vis du Staubbach, dans la vallee de Lauterbrounn, Canton de Berne. 4-5. Premiere Chute du Staubbach dans la Vallee de Lauterbrounn. **2 of the same view** 6. Seconde Chute du Staubbach dans la Vallee de Lauterbroun, Canton de Berne. 7. Seconde Chute du Staubbach en hyver du cote oppose a celle dele, dans la Vallee de Lauterbrounn, Canton de Berne. 8. Glacier du Breithorn, contee le Couchant. 9. Chute du Myrrenbah dans la vallee de Lauterbrounn, Canton de Berne. 10. Glacier du Breithorn contre la Vallee de Lauterbrounn. 11. Herrenbaechli, pres en hyver.