8v, folding engraved map in 15 segments, with contemporary colouring, mounted on linen with glazed blue paper border (53,8 x 53,8 cm), in excellent condition, with the original slip case covered in marbled paper, with engraved label on both sides, the French language label with an illustration of a knapsack, walking stick and traveller’s telescope. Illustrated trade card (see below) of the publisher Xaver Meyer pasted on verso of map.
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Fine panorama of the 360 degree view from the Rigi Mountain in Switzerland. The panorama map also has 4 individual views engraved in the corners: view of the mountain from the valley; view of the cottage at the highest point, view from a higher mountain down to the Rigi mountain; and larger scale map. This is a fine survival from the time mountaineering was in its infancy. Twenty years later Turner climbed the mountain and painted his series of fine watercolours (Blue Rigi, Dark Rigi and Red Rigi; which were sold some years ago breaking auction records). Mark Twain visited in 1878 and wrote extensively about the Rigi Mountain.
The fine trade card by the bookseller, publisher and antiques dealer Xaver Meyer shows his fine house and shop on the ground floor just outside the Basle Arch going into Lucerne, the streets are full of people, a horse drawn carriage goes through the arch, and the mountains can be glimpsed in the background. The card (10,2 x 13,5 cm) is printed in bistre.
Ludwig Pfyffer von Wyher (1783-1845) was an architect and draughtsman. He built the Lucerne theatre in 1837. His Rigi panorama was engraved by the brothers Fr. and Al. Schmid.
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The lands of Cazembe. Lacerda’s journey to Cazembe in 1798. Translated and annotated by Captain R. F. Burton, F.R.G.S. Also journey of the Pombeiros P. J. Baptista and Amaro Josée, across Africa from Angola to Tette on the Zambeze. Translated by B. A. Beadle; and a résumé of the journey of Mm. Monteiro and Gamitto by Dr. C. T. Beke.
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WILLIS, George Brandor.
View of Bayonne, taken from the sand hills on the left of the Adour, when occupied by the British forces on the 12 of March 1814, by Lieutenant George B. Willis, of the Royal Artillery. Dedicated with permission to the Rt. Hon. Earl Mulgrave, Master General of the Ordnance, &c. &c. &c. This print is intended to commemorate the illustrious return of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, and that proud period, when after a glorious career of victory, and the deliverance of Spain and Portugal by British valour and perseverance, the English standard was planted before the walls of Bayonne, and the legitimate sovereign of France recalled to add his seal to the general peace of Europe!
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