Vienna, Ataria & Co., 1798. Large Folio, (420 x 550mm), attractive binding of contemporary morocco backed decorative boards, rebacked, with engraved title and 50 fine hand coloured etched and aquatint plates, text in German and French.
A MAGNIFICENT SERIES OF FINELY HAND-COLOURED VIEWS OF THE RHINE, including the major cities, castles and sights along the river at Speyer, Mannheim, Worms, Mainz, Bingen, Koblenz, Bonn, Andernach, Gottesberg, Poppelsdord, Cologne and Dusseldorf, and elsewhere.
This rare and splendid work is rightly considered to be the most beautiful collection of Rhine Views ever published. (Schmitt 114). “The Viennese landscape painter Laurenz Janscha (1749-1812) and the draftsman and engraver Johann Ziegler (1750-1812) created a rococo-style work of Viennese views probably under instruction from Maximilian Franz, son of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa ”
(Haberland, Illustr. Rheinbücher 24).