SANDOZ, Jean-Henri de – Memoires de Jean Henry de Sandos. Contenant, plusieurs observations, faites dans ses voyages sur les differentes villes qu’il a parcourries dans Les Pays Etrangers (1730). 4to [264 x 185 mm]. Europe, 1730. Manuscript. Leather binding. (1) 315 pages.
Jean Henri de Sandoz-Rollin (1698-1753), a member of the Swiss Bourgeoisie, studied Philosophy in Bale and Geneva (1711-1714). He went on an extended trip through Central Europe, when he acquired a great cabinet of curiosities and wrote the present memoirs. In 1753, he acquired the castle Beauregard à Serrières. He was State Councilor in 1738 and landowner of the Landeron and Thielle estates.
In the preface to his memoirs, the author writes about his perspective on the cities he visited and how he wrote mainly about what is remarkable about each of them, about their people, their living conditions and various interesting aspects.
The cities he describes are: Altona (Hamburg), Augsburg, Alfeld, Ansbach, Berlin, Braunschweig, Charlottenburg, Küstrin (Kostrzyn nad Odra), Dessau, Dresden, Frankfurt an der Oder, Frankfurt am Main, Halle, Hildesheim, Hannover, Hambourg, Heidelberg, Linz, Leipzig, Ludwigsburg, Merseburg, Munich, Mannheim, Nuremberg, Potsdam, Prague, Regensburg, Salzburg, Stuttgart, Wittemberg, Vienna, Celle and Wolfenbuettel. His memoirs for each city begin with a description of the place, its surroundings and landscapes, various aspects about the state of the cities (administration, government, commerce) and continues with more detailed description of particular places, such as the Berlin Palace, the Castle of Linz, the university and the cathedral in Prague, the Palace in Munich, etc. The longest memoir is dedicated to the city of Vienna.
Unique manuscript about travelling through Central Europe’s greatest cities in the early 18th century.
Book spine with some abrasions; some pages with minor wormholes (without loss of text) – otherwise in very good condition.