VIEWS OF GENEVA

The History of the City and State of Geneva, from its first Foundation to this present Time. Faithfully collected from several Manuscripts of Jacobus Gothofredus, Monsieur Chorier, and Others. By Isaac (sic) Spon ...

London, Printed for Bernard White, 1687.

Folio, pp. [8], 250, [6], including the engraved title (printed on π1 verso); with the four plates, including a panoramic view of the city, and a folding view of the lake and country round about; a handsome, fresh copy in contemporary panelled and mottled calf, neatly rebacked.

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First edition in English of a work first published in French in 1680. The attribution here to ‘Isaac’ Spon apparently comes from a misinterpretation of ‘Jac[ques]’ on the title-page of the French original.

Born in 1647, Jacob Spon, descended from a Calvinist banking family, was a physician in Lyon and a well-travelled antiquary. In the 1670s he accompanied the numismatist Jean Foy-Vaillant to Italy to search for coins and antiquities for the French royal collection, and then journeyed to Greece, Constantinople, and the Levant with the English connoisseur and botanist George Wheler, collecting plants, coins, manuscripts and antique marbles. He was prompted to write the history of Geneva by the French king’s historian Nicolas Chorier, who supplied the manuscripts mentioned in the title; characteristically he also deals at length with 53 ancient and 27 modern inscriptions which were to be seen at Geneva. Spon retired to Zurich after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and died later that year.

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