Festschrift zur VII. Säkularfeier der Gründung Berns. 1191 - 1891.
Bern: Schmid, Francke & Co., 1891. First edition. Folio. vi, 97 (9), 114 (4), 92, 143 (2), 100 (1), 7pp., 1 (2). Original gilt, black and red stamped tan buckram with black and red lettering on cover and spine. All edges red. Marbled endpapers. Six title pages with vignettes, frontispiece with second contribution. Text within red frames and decorative initials for each chapter. Luxurious publication celebrating the 700 year anniversary of the city of Bern; with contributions by six authors and a city map and overlay of the III. & IV. fortification bound in one. The first book describes the history of the city from its founding to statehood including nine colored maps, the second its population and societies including 4 colophons, the third the chronicles and historians, the fourth its constitution with two colophons depicting the seals of the city, the fifth the document granting the rights (die Handfeste) and a colophon of the original document, the sixth a critical inquiry of this document, and finally a city map with an overlay, a plan of the fortifications of the city. Text in German. Binding rubbed with light smudging and wear along edges. Minor sporadic foxing and light age-toning. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition. Item #35281