BIRMANN. Samuel. Souvenirs de l'Oberland Bernois [cover title]. Basle, Birmann et Fils, [c. 1828].
Oblong folio (405 x 285 mm). Original tinted lithographic title, stitched as issued; 16 aquatint plates after Birmann, finely printed with good tonal range and in deep black impressions; wrappers a little spotted and with light fraying to margins, apart from light marginal spotting or a few flaws, a very good copy with wide margins.
Very rare first edition of this suite of Romantic views of the Bernese Oberland, masterfully drawn by the Swiss landscape artist Samuel Birmann, whose psychological difficulties, which finally led to his suicide in 1847, have occasionally been described as a contributing factor to his highly 'Gothic' Romantic views.
Both KVK and OCLC locate only one set, in Lucerne, with 25 plates.