This comprehensive overview of Switzerland was evidently sufficiently popular to justify the production of a new, corrected and augmented edition in 1777. Running to two volumes, at a cost of 5 French 'livres' (a considerable sum at the time), it would have enhanced the library of any serious scholar of European history, geography or politics of the time. It is not clear who actually did all the research for the work, but the publishers' preface, addressed to 'Monsieur Vincent Bernard Tscharner', evidently an important gentleman in the city of Berne at the time, does indicate that an individual was responsible for a large part of the whole.
Our two-volume set is in good condition for its venerable age, bound in full leather which shows moderate signs of wear (slight cracking along the spine corners, some loss at the top of the spine of Vol I, and all corners considerably bumped). Vol II has a large stain across the top L/H quarter of the front cover, with a lesser stain on the R/H quarter of the back cover, and there are other external marks as one might expect after so many years, but no frank damage. The spine is marked into 6 sections with horizontal gilt lines, and the (almost vanished) title and volume numbers are/were also gilt. The binding of both volumes is tight apart from slight weakness where the spine cover is cracked. The endpapers are all badly browned round the edges, particularly in Vol II (which is also somewhat creased and was evidently affected by the liquid which stained the cover), and the pages generally are browned, with occasional foxing spots. All text block edges are clean cut and a mottled blue colour. The folding map in Vol I is present, and undamaged apart from one very small tear (see photo). Decorative headings to the various sections, and motifs at the ends, enliven the otherwise dense text. A previous owner's name is inscribed in ink at the top of both title pages.