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Switzerland The Traveller's Illustrated Guide 1947 First Edition

Switzerland The Traveller's Illustrated Guide 1947

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Switzerland The Traveller's Illustrated Guide 1947 First Edition (Swiss)

A fascinating rarer Swiss first edition packed full of information and maps many not found in later guides. No other copies of the same edition found on the internet at the time of listing.

"The Alpine flora is at its best in June, while the regions of the Lake of Geneva and the Ticino region reach their most gorgeous splendour in spring and autumn. Trips in the Jura regions and in mountain valleys will be particularly enjoyed in autumn."

The handbook published in 1947 deals with the nine tourist regions covering the whole of Switzerland. Each region is broken down in further sections with accompanying maps. The excellent maps contained in this guide supplement the descriptive sections, containing distances, roads and carriageways, altitudes, and a wealth of other particulars such as the position of mineral springs, castles, churches, youth hostels, grottoes and caves, the club hut of the Swiss Alpine Club (S.A.C) and the huts of the between places shown on the maps in an appropriate way will be helpful to every motorist, cyclist, and wanderer on tour in the region covered.

First Swiss edition published by Verbandsruckerei Limited, Bern July 1947 and is a scarce edition as it comes complete with all maps and the two rarer maps.

Size: 7” x 5” (18cm x 13cm) 246 pages + blank pages at the end for notes and a selection of wonderful contemporary tourist advertisements.

192 photograph illustrations showing rare views of landscape scenery

24 folding sectional maps covering the entire five colour map of Switzerland and showing walking hours between places (12 double-sided)

16 panoramas to unfold as seen from famous sightseeing points

Includes the two rarer maps - loose inside - Postal Road Motor Services and Wanderkarte der Schweiz (Hiking Map of Switzerland)

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The first guide published about Switzerland since the end of world war two. It is packed full of the latest available data and most-up-to-date particulars of 1947, based on official information, or emanating from regional information offices, have been included in the text. Information is so arranged as to maintain the inter-connection between the districts to the utmost possible extent.


Red cloth boards with fading gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Scuffs and bumps to corners of covers and spine. Back cover has a water mark from right to left (see photograph).

  • are age-toned yellowing at the edges and are quite fragile. Some have small tears. All maps and panoramas complete and in good condition. Map 19 has been incorrectly folded so the edge sticking out from the book has small tears. Inscription inside front cover reading ‘As a remembrance for your stay in Switzerland with all good wishes Marguerite and Harry? Peter and Hansjorg Lina 3rd December 1948.’



  • Introduction
  • Guide to Switzerland
  • Maps and Panoramas
  • Instructions for the use of the Guide
  • Vademecum for a trip to Switzerland
  • Traffic and Facilities for sojourn
  • Switzerland. Country, state, and culture
  • Switzerland for health, education, and sport
  • A Guide through Switzerland* (see below for details)
  • Summary of facts useful to the visitor
  • Analytical index and index to places

*Guide to Switzerland

1.Northwestern Switzerland -Basel to Ste. Croix (sections 1 -16)

Maps 1, 2, 3, 4. Adjoining maps 5, 7, 12, 14.

2.Southwestern Switzerland - Soleure to Lausanne-Ouchy and surroundings (sections 17 -35) Maps 6, 7. Adjoining maps 3, 5, 8, 9, 10

3.The Valais -From Villeneuve to Brigue by railway through the valley of the Rhone to Gletsch, the Rhone and the Furka (sections 35 - 52) Maps 6, 8,9. Adjoining maps 7, 10, 22, 23

4.Berne and the Bernese Oberland - Berne, the federal capital, and its surroundings to Meiringen. The Grimsel route for the Rhone Valley. The Furka road and Susten road (sections 53 -73) Maps 5, 10. Adjoining maps 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 19.

5.Central Switzerland - From Zurich to Lucerne via Zug to Grscheenen across the Gotthard Pass to Airolo (section 74 - 88) Map 11. Adjoining maps 2, 5, 10, 14, 16, 19.

6.Across the Gotthard for the Ticino - From Airolo to Bellinzona to The Lake of Como 9section 89-96) Maps 19, 22, 23. Adjoining maps 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 20 21.

7.Northeatern Switzerland (Schaffhausen, Zurich, Glaris) - From Basel to the Rhine Falls and Schaffhausen to Zurich to Olten via Baden and Aarau (sections 97 - 112) Maps 12, 14, 16. Adjoining maps 1, 2, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19

8.Eastern Switzerland and the Lake of Constance - From Zurich to Romanshorn via Frauenfled to Buchs to Ragaz Spa and Pfafers Spa in the Upper Rhineland Valley (sections113 - 124) Maps 13, 15. Adjoining maps 12, 14, 16, 17.

9.The Grisons - From Ragaz Spa to Coire to Scoul/Schuls Tarasp to Martina and the Samnaun Valley (sections 125 -149) Maps 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. Adjoining maps 10, 11, 14, 15, 22.


Published just two years after the end of world war two the stop press notice say is according to Swiss regulations those holding a British passport need no entrance visa for either Switzerland or Liechtenstein.


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