The Lord's Prayer of an Unterwaldener. Invented by John Martin Usteri at Zurich & Engraved by Marquard Wocher at Basil. 1805. [seven sepia aquatint engravings by Wocher illustrating the narrative, with engraved title-page]

Johann Martin Usteri (1763-1827), Swiss poet; Marquard Wocher (1760-1830), Swiss artist [William Earle, bookseller, Albemarle Street, Piccadilly; the terror; French Revolution; Anti-Jacobin]
Publication details: 
London: Published by W. Earle, at his original French and English library, Albemarle Street, Piccadilly. [1805.]
SKU: 8150

4to: 8 pp (on the rectos of eight leaves of 28 x 22.5 cm). Unbound and stitched. The letterpress is printed in black on the green paper leaves. The eight engravings are in sepia on 18.5 x 16 cm white paper, laid down within the ruled 23 x 16.5 cm borders of the printed leaf. Cover with light wear and staining, with slight damage to bottom left-hand corner of engraved title. The seven illustrations by Wocher are in very good condition, with only the slightest damage to the top corners of the sixth. An anti-revolutionary tract, with passages from the Lord's Prayer juxtaposed against Usteri's narrative of a Swiss mountaineer, forced to flee his cottage by 'treacherous hands'. His son is murdered; he wanders the countryside with his grandson; and prays 'in the ruins of the chapel at Stantz-stad, lost in thoughts of a transition to yon better life'. An example of the letterpress: 'The traitor who, on the third plate, sets on fire the cottage of the Mountaineer and treats him cruelly, has now lost one of his legs (perhaps by the fall of some building which he himself destroyed) and miserably begs for bread. Both meet in a desert place: surprised by this unexpected sight, the Mountaineer leans against an oak, whilst the other trembles and endeavours to conceal himself behind some trees. The boy excites the old man to revenge - but he is checked, and the desire of revenge abated by the prayer: | And lead us not into temptation!' The last letterpress reads 'Terroristical [early use of the word] measures press hard upon Unterwalden. Our Mountaineer beholds the most honest and respectable men torn from their families; affected by these attrocities, he cries to heaven: | Deliver us from evil!' Excessively scarce: no copies at the British Library or the other deposit libraries, and the only two copies on COPAC at Lampeter and the V & A.