Oblong folio, two volumes (375 x 500 mm.), full early red calf, ornate gilt panelling, with ornate gilt raised bands, each compartment with ornate gilt decoration, gilt titles to spine. Some light wear, upper binding of second volume detached from block. With 2 aquatint vignettes to titles and 56 aquatint plates, 5 of which bear two images, with interspersed descriptive text; with aquatint vignette to title and 36 aquatint plates, with interspersed descriptive text.
This fine book on Swedish topography by Ulrik Thersner (1779-1828) is considered the greatest work on the country. The ‘Fordna och narvarande Sverige’ was published by Thersner who was Danish born. The work was continued following death by his daughter Ulrika. The plates were executed both in aquatint and later lithography, here offered in the more desirable aquatint form.