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SCHOBERL, Frederic.
Pittoresque tour from Geneva to Milan, By way of the Simplon: illustrated with thirty-six coloured views of the most striking scenes and of the principal works belonging to the new road constructed over that mountain, engraved from designs by J

London: Ackermann, 1820.
Bobins II 498; Benezit vol 8 p. 1256; Tooley 446; not in Abbey Travel.
London: Ackermann, 1820.

FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 4to (26 x 18 cm) pp. 136. With an engraved frontispiece map & illustrated with 36 hand-coloured aquatints after J and J Lory of Neuchatel, all captioned. New endpapers, rebound in modern half calf with marbled boards, red morocco title label in gilt to spine, raised bands in blind, repeat gilt motif to four compartments, a fine and attractive copy. The plates by both Gabriel (1763-1840) and Matthias Gabriel Lory (1784-1846) beautifully illustrate the route from Geneva to Milan and include views of Geneva, Sion, Brieg, Simplon, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, and Milan. Both Gabriel and Matthias Gabriel Lory were well-known water colourists and landscapists. Both traveled to Switzerland and Italy regularly, and their work is highly regarded. In this copy, all the plates except one (undated) are dated 1820. Coloured plates in order: 1. View of Geneva. 2. View of the Banks of the Lake of Geneva near St. Gingouph. 3. View of the extremity of the Lake of Geneva. 4. View of the Bridge of St. Maurice. 5. Waterfall of Pissevache. 6. West view of Sion. 7. East view of Sion. 8. View of Breig. 9. View of the Gallery & Bridge of the Ganther. 10. View from the Entrance of the Gallery of Schalbet. 11. View of the Gallery of Schalbet from the Italian side. 12. View of the Gallery of the Glaciers. 13. View of the site of the Monastery of the Simplon & of Mount Rosa. 14. View of the Village of Simplon. 15. View of the exterior of the Gallery of Algaby. 16. View from the interior of the Gallery of Algaby. 17. Alto Bridge. 18. View of the New Road near the Grand Gallery. 19. View of the interior of the Grand Gallery. 20. View of the end of the Grand Gallery, towards Italy. 21. A View near Gondo. 22. View of the Gallery of Issel. 23. Entrance of the Valley of Dovedo. 24. View of a Bridge over the Cherasca. 25. View of the entrance of the last Gallery. 26. View of the Bridge of Crevola and of the Valley of Domo D'Ossola. 27. Bridge of Crevola. 28. Villa. 29. View of the Bridge of Baveno & of the Madre Islands. 30. View of the Lago Maggiore and the Boromeo Islands. 31. View of the Beautiful Island. 32. View from Stresa of the Beautiful Island. 33. View of Arona. 34. View of Sesto. 35. View of Pliniana, on the Lake of Como. 36. View of Milan.