JOHANN GEORG ALBRECHT HÖPFNER
(1759 – 1813)
Magazin für die Naturkunde Helvetiens.
Four volumes 8° (187×115 mm). With 4 tables and 8 engraved plates, mostly folding. Contemporary half-roan, spine gilt with fillets and labels, red for the title green for volume numbers. Somewaht rubbed, corners scuffed. Foxed in places. Zürich, Orell, Gessner, Füssli und Comp., 1787–1789.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Wäber p. 14; VD18 90122208.
Only edition of this rare work on the natural history of Switzerland with many contributions on geology and the first German edition of H. B. de Saussure‘s account on his ascent of the Mont Blanc (Vol. II, pp. 287-308). Of particular interest are the geological and mineralogical contributions on lead, iron and copper mines, basalt, fossils, spas, glaciers and the formation of volcanoes etc., Volume I contains a detailed map of the Grindelwald valley. .