A finely bound copy of the first edition of the rare deluxe edition with additional colouring. One of the most beautiful works of the early nineteenth century with Swss views, depicting the picturesque valleys and landscapes of Graubunden, Lago di Como and Lago Maggiore.
The issuing of the work was prompted by the completion in 1823 of two new roads (shown on the map at the back) passing over the Alps between Switzerland and Italy, one by the San Bernardino pass, the other by the Splugenberg.
Johann Jakob Meyer (1749–1829) began his artistic training at the age of fourteen under Heinrich Füssli and later learnt etching and aquatint techniques in the studio of the printmaker Franz Hegi. As a young man, he regularly explored the countryside, painting and sketching before nature. He continued his training in 1811, working with the well-known family of artists named Lory in Neuenburg. He produced the drawings for the present work in 1823.
Meyer travelled widely in the Alps. He climbed the Calanda near Chur in 1827 and crossed the Stelvio Pass in the eastern Alps in 1829 on the newly constructed road over the pass. He recorded his impressions of the pass in a series of watercolours which he published as aquatints in Mahlerische Reise auf der neuen Kunststrasse über das Stilfserjoch.
Meyer’s landscapes were highly sought after in his lifetime. Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia, his son Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm and Tsar Nicolas of Russia were all collectors and patrons of his work.
Johann Gottfried Ebel (1764-1830) was born at Zullichau (Prussia). He became a medical man, visited Switzerland for the first time in 1790, and became so enamoured of it that he spent three years exploring the country and collecting all kinds of information relating to it. He was the author of the first real guidebook to Switzerland.
First edition, deluxe issue. Landscape 4to., Engraved title page with aquatint vignette, five lithographic key plates, one small key plate for plate 7b (none for 25b, as is usual), folding hand-colored map by H. Keller, and 32 fine hand-coloured plates after Meyer, numbered 1-30 and 7b and 25b, all with tissue guards. Donaueschingen stamp to title page, contemporary red morocco, gilt borders, a fine clean copy.
Stock ID: 99485