Description du Département du Simplon, ou de la ci-devant République du Valais. Hildibrand SCHINER.

Description du Département du Simplon, ou de la ci-devant République du Valais.

x, 557, [1] pp. 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed green boards maroquiné, single gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt. Sion: A. Advocat, 1812.

First edition of this uncommon account of the mountainous canton of Valais (then known as the “département du Simplon”) in Switzerland. Schiner, a physician on the medical faculty at Montpellier, describes the geography, natural history, most notable buildings, costumes, cuisines and wines, commercial activities, roads, climate, structure of government, the mountains and glaciers, forests, etc., etc. The author also discusses the prevalence of goiter amongst the population, along with other diseases common to the canton.

Fine copy, signed by Prince Dietrichstein on the free front endpaper.

Price: $1,250.00

Item ID: 3722