SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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COCKBURN, Major James.
Swiss Scenery from Drawings by Major Cockburn.

London: Rodwell & Martin, 1820.
Perret 1042: 'Rare et très recherché'.
London: Rodwell & Martin, 1820.

FIRST EDITION, only edition. In contemporary full straight-grained morocco, spine gilt, gilt title lettering, gilt embellishments to boards, upper joint repaired, gilt inner dentelles, edges rubbed, lightly foxed on some leaves - mainly marginal light offsetting from some plates. Newly inserted leather spine with original relaid on top, newly inserted inner cloth hinges. A nice copy with wide margins. 4to. [27.5 x 19 cm]; vii 200 pp 60 hand coloured engraved plates including pictorial title page with vignette, hand coloured vignette at end, all complete according to list of plates. Attractive plates of Geneva, Mont Blanc, Castles, Glaciers, Vevay, Lausanne, Fribourg, Bern, Thun, Chateaux, Villages, Lautebrunen, Interlochen, Lake Sarnen, Lucerne, the Rhine, Lugano & with many views of the mountains. Cockburn is believed to have been the first to use a camera lucida in making his drawings of the Alps. Most copies do not have the plates hand-coloured like this. Signature in pencil to title page. *Rebinding and restoration work on this book was carried out by Ron Norman of Hartlepool. (Ronnorm@aol.com)* Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. The Tower of William Tell at Altorp. 2. Geneva. 3. Mont Blanc from St. Martin. 4. Vale of Sallence. 5. Bridge of Pelessier, near Servos. 6. Mont Blanc, from the village of Chamouny. 7. Glacier of Mer de Glace from Montaignvert. 8. Mer de Glace. 9. Le Valais. 10. Old Castle at Martigny. 11. St. Branchier in the Valley of Bagne. 12. Convent on the Grand St. Bernard. 13. The Gemmi. 14. Felsenburgh. 15. Bridge over the Rhone. 16. Village of Bex. 17. Castle of Chillon. 18. Clarens on the Lake of Geneva. 19-20. Vevay. 21. Lausanne. 22. Neuchatel. 23. Fribourg. 24. Berne. 25. Bern, from Enghi. 26. Thun. 27. Chateau of Scherylingen. 28. Chateau of Scherylingrn, Lake of Thun. 29. Village of Unterseen. 30. Interluchen. 31. Lake of Brienz and Goldswil. 32. Cottage at Interlachen. 33. Valley of Lautebrun. 34. Fall of the Staubbach in the Valley of Lauterbruennen. 35. Glacier at Grindelwald. 36. The Wetterhorn and Glacier at Grindelwald. 37. Lake of Brientz from Interlachen. 38. Lake of Brienz. 39. Convent of Engelberg. 40. Lake of Sarner. 41. Lucerne. 42. City of Lucerne and Mons Pilot. 43. Fall of the Rhine at Schafhausen. 44. Lake of Zug. 45. Lake of Lowertz. 46. Fluellen. Canton of Uri. 47. Altorf from the Capuchin Convent. Pass between the Mountains leads to Italy. 48. Burglen. Canton of Uri. 49. Trou d'Uri. 50. Amsteg. 51. Pfaffensprung. A bridge over the Reuss below Wasen. 52. Village of Goschenin, between Wasen and the Devil's Bridge. 53. The Devil's Bridge. 54. Pass near Ariolo. Canton of Tescin. 54-55. Bellinzona. Canton of Tescin. 56. St. Gotherd from below Ariolo. 57. Dacio Grande. Canton of Tescin. 58. Lugano. 59. View in the Via Mala. 60. Gate of Constance. 61. [End-piece] William Tell's Chapel at Kussnacht.