Spectacular panoramic view of Lake Lucerne, with dynamic topographic relief and pictorial cities and towns.

Klassischer Boden oder Malerisches Relief des Vierwaldstättersees / Plan Pittoresque du Lac des IV Cantons 1853. Lith Frères Eglin à Lucerne.


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Cartographer(s): Frères Eglin
Date: 1853
Place: Lucerne
Dimensions: 72.5 x 36 cm (28.5 x 14.2 in)
Condition Rating: VG


Looking from north to south, this stunning bird’s-eye-view spans the length of Lake Lucerne (German: Vierwaldstättersee; French: Lac des Quatre-Cantons), with the city of Lucerne itself situated on the right side, where the lake drains into the river Reuss. Lucerne, like the other cities and towns on the map, is illustrated with great accuracy, clearly showing its principal urban features, including the famous Chapel Bridge.

Lake Lucerne has a complicated shape, with several sharp bends and four arms extending in four different valleys, all related to the conformation of the adjoining mountains. The great achievement of this view is to capture the complicated geography of this region in remarkable detail, employing a sophisticated shading relief technique. This is a work of art and science that demonstrates the great advances in mapping and engraving made in the 19th century.


Frères Eglin

The Eglin brothers were engravers (both copperplate and lithography) based in Lucerne. The firm wa established in by 1819 by Karl Martin Eglin, who was soon joined by his brother, Bernhard Eglin, who studied lithography under Engelmann in Strasburg. In 1826, Bernhard left the firm and opened another under his own name (although in early work he signed as Egli); Karl Martin continued to publish as Gebrüder Eglin.

Condition Description

Wear at folds and scattered foxing and soiling. Tear where map meets cover, as often is the case. Folds up cleanly. Cover with normal wear.