2 volumes. 8°. VIII, 391 pp., folding map with original colour in outline (42 x 50 cm / 16.5 x 19.7 inches), 10 interleaved originally coloured aquatints. , 402 pp., 2 interleaved originally coloured aquatints. Contemporary speckled calf binding with gilt embossed decoration on the covers and spine gilt with red and green compartments (Very Good, binding slightly worn, small scratched mark in the lower part of the binding of vol. 1, very light foxing on some leaves, old owner’s name on endpapers).
The two volumes on Montenegro include information on the country’s geography, customs, flora and fauna. The text is accompanied by a large folding map and 12 originally coloured aquatints, one of the showing a view of Kotor (Cattaro).
The author Jacques Louis Vialla was a French military commander, who was under Napoleon, between 1808-1813, commander of troops n Kaštela and Duborvnik in Dalmatia and a governor of Kotor (Cattaro), Montenegro. Upon his return to Paris Valla published this book in two volumes on Montenegro culture and geography.
References: Atabey 1286; Neue Allgemeine geographische und statistische ephemeriden, Vol. 8, 1820, pp. 425-432; Allgemeines Repertorium der neuesten in- und ausländischen..., 1820, pp. 370-371.