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Literary Remains of the Swiss Henchoz family

Literary Remains of the Swiss Henchoz family by HENCHOZ, David Samuel; Abraham Pillet; etc (1700)
Author: HENCHOZ, David Samuel; Abraham Pillet; etc
Title: La Grande Maison de Rossiniere: an Archive
Year: 1700
Publisher: N/A
Place: Rossiniere/ Berne/ Paris/Touslouse etc
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A cache of documents and publications concealed by the Henchoz family in the eighteenth century in the attics of the Grand Chalet, Rossiniere, in the Vaudois Alps - a building thought to be the biggest wooden house in Europe. Built in the 1750s by Jean David Henchoz, a wealthy notary and judge, the Grand Chalet was used as a hotel in the following century when it was visited by a distinguished clientele that included Victor Hugo before being bought by the painter Balthus (1908-2001). The collection includes a sequence of seventeenth century documents on vellum that relate to the purchase of the land on which the Grand Chalet stands in Rossiniere and a 30 page 1657 manuscript book written by Rossiniere's notary, Abraham Pillet (a predecessor in the role of notary of Jean David Henchoz). The pamphlets are in very mixed condition but include several with inscriptions by members of the Henchoz family, notably a 1687 German grammar with David Samuel Henchoz's ownership inscription: 'Ce present livre appartient a moi qui s’appelle David Samuel Henchoz de La Rosinierre bon garcon avec l’aide du Seigneur' as well as Gallatin's theses on the Vacuum and Chapuis on Disentery pointing to the family's scientific interests. There is a group of Berne imprints as well as a chapbook French translation of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and a work on the Huguenot refugee crisis from 1691:


1. Abraham Pillet, Notary's Manuscript for Rossiniere small quarto, stab sewn. [pp] 44 'Abraham Pillet notaire au nom de La Commune de La Rossiniere... 1657', completed in February 1658. 30 pages of notes recording agreements and transactions

1. Vellum 'Acquis Fait pour sieur Abraham Henchoz' 22 May, 1699, concerning the purchase of property at Rossiniere from David Massard; rodent damage including loss of signature.

2. Vellum, sixteenth century legal document possibly signed by 'Massard', lacking seal

3. Vellum 'Acquis pour Marie Martin femme d'hon David - file d'honarable Jean Jacques Pillet.. Commis de Rossiniere' 1697, signed by Marie Martin etc

4. Vellum 'Acquis... Abraham Martin' small

5 Vellum, 'Manifeste. Soit a tous... 1675, agreement between Marie Martin, Rose Martin, Joseph Martin of Rossiniere and Abraham Henchoz, seal cut away.


[David Samuel Henchoz & Abraham Henchoz's copy] La Veritable et Unique Grammaire Alemand, Exactement corrige d’un grand nombre de fautes…..dans cette nouvelle Edition. Divise’en Cinq Parties. Strasbourg 1687, pp330, vellum over boards, very good, some spotting, final page creased. 1723 inscription to front free end paper 'Ce present livre appartient a moi qui s’appelle David Samuel Henchoz de La Rosinierre bon garcon avec l’aide du Seigneur. S’il arrive que je le perd et que quelcun le trouve et a moi le rendra pour son bon vin il aura, mai s’il ne le rend pas par le col on le pendra. Jan 1723'. Similar inscription by Abraham Henchoz to final end paper.

[Henchoz inscribed copy] Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis en Grece, dans le milieu du quatrieme siècle avant l’ere vulgaire. Tome Premier. Jean Jaques Barthelemy, De Bure, Paris 1789, [xxiv] pp384 Very good in buff coloured boards with paper spine label; worn to foot of spine but the cover is only lightly soiled as it has been protected by a paper cover with title in pen to spine. The pages are creased to the edges but clean and fresh. Neat ownership inscription ‘Henchoz min:1791’ to verso of upper board. Illegible inscription in pencil to paper cover. An early edition.

[Henchoz ownership inscription] Daniel Crespin, Traitte de L’Education de la Jeunesse, Daniel Crespin, Berne, 1691. [22] pp50, half of title page removed [bound with] Conversation entre Le Sr Daniel Crespin et un de ses Amis Refugie, by Daniel Crespin, Zurich, 1691. [12] pp 136. Two titles bound in one volume, stab sewn in original red embossed card wrappers. Covers and half of the pages have brown stains. Ownership inscription 'Henchoz' to title page, partly torn away. Early annotations and corrections to ‘Conversation’. An interesting title relating to the Hugenot refugee crisis at the end of the 17th century.

Principes de la Literature. Par M. l’Abbe Batteux, new edition, volume 1. Desaint & Saillant, Paris, 1775. [xxii] pp312 Bound in speckled paper covered boards, worn to edges. Paper library label to spine inscribed ‘Batteux 1’. Pages clean and complete. Occasional annotations noting that the Preface has been bound in the wrong order.

La Vie et les Aventures de Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe. Edition Orne, Imprimerie de Deckherr,
Montbeliard. Volume 2, quarto, pp92 in illustrated paper wrappers with four other full-page illustrations of the adventures of Crusoe and Friday. The upper cover and final three pages are extensively torn and creased with some loss, pages 3-23 are chipped to lower corner.

[Antoine Chapuis] Methode Curative de la Disenterie. De l’Imprimerie de Leurs Excellences, Berne, 1771, p18, marbled paper spine, dog earring to corners, pages fresh.

Nutzlicher Hilfs-, Noth-, Haus- und Wirthschafts Kalendar des Schweizerboten, aus das Jahr 1837 nach Christi Geburt. J J Christen, Aarau. Quarto in illustrated paper wrappers with attractive engravings depicting each month of the year. Disbound, wrappers chipped and pages creased.

Bibliotheque des Villages, Troisieme partie. Pp 5-100 in red card wrappers, upper cover, title page and preliminaries missing, leaves disbound, pages chipped and stained. Includes a lengthy ‘Adresse aux plaideurs de Village’.

Theses Physicae de Vacuo. By Ezechiel Gallatin, [Isacus Gautier], Fabri & Barrillot, Geneva 1730, pp12, in original marbled wrappers, foxed and stained throughout.

Ordonnance concernant Les Habillements etc. Le Service & les Gages des Domestiques. Pour les Pays Allemend & Romand de la Republique de Berne. Chancellerie de Berne, A Berne, de l’Imprimerie de Leurs Excellences, 1766, pp32, marbled paper spine, dog earing to corners, some staining to outer pages, attractive engravings.

Ordnung uber den Pracht und Uberfluss in Kleideren, Bern, 1728, pp40, marbled paper spine, very good, browning to pages and some dogearring to corners.

Diatriba Theologica de Falsis Prophetis Decima... Jeremiae Curriti, Marcus Benjaminus a Rosset, Berne, 1699. Very good in original marbled wrappers, some wear to spine and corners, pages crisp, attractive woodcuts.

Diatriba Prima de Veris Prophetis... Jeremiae Curritti, Joan Fran Leyvraz, Berne 1691. In original marbled wrappers, dog-earred to corners and stained throughout.

Sermon sur Le Chapitre premier de l’Epistre aux Colossiens, vers 27. Prononce a Loudan durant la tenue du Synode National, le Dimanche 16, Novembre 1659, par David Eustache Ministre du S Evangile a Montpellier. Pierre Chouet, Geneva, 1660, pp58, bound in card wrappers, staining to covers and outer pages.


Nouveau Journal Helvetique, ou Annales Literaires et Politiques de L’Europe et Principalement de la Suisse. July 1771, De L’Imprimerie de la Societe Typographique, Neuchatel, pp259-373, in printed paper wrappers. Covers creased, pages dog eared but bright and clean.

Mercure Suisse, ou Recueil de Nouvelles Historiques, Politiques, Literaires et Curieuses. Mars 1737. Daniel Wavre (ed), Neufchatel, De L’Imprimerie des Editeurs, 1737, pp136 in marbled paper covered wrappers which are well worn; the pages are browned and dog eared but crisp. Table of contents to final page, with articles of interest from around Europe, including a description of the funeral rites of the Tschakour Lama who died in St Petersburg in 1736.

Le Nouvelliste Suisse, Historique, Politique, Literaire et Amusant, Dedie au Roi, Aout 1767. Neuchatel, De L’Imprimerie des Editeurs, 1737, pp175-224 Very good in fleur de lis patterned paper covers, pages fresh if a little dog eared. Table of contents includes an account of an attempt to discover the North East Passage.


Le Bourru Bienfaisant, Comedie en trois actes et en prose.; De M Goldoni. Representee a la Cour, le Mardi cinq November 1771. Vente, Libraire des menus Plaisirs du Roi et des Spectacles de Sa Majeste, Paris 1778, pp64 Stab sewn in plain paper wrappers, which are lightly marked, creased and chipped, title neatly in pen to front cover.

L’Avocat Patelin, Comedie en trois actes et en prose; De Brueys et Palaprat. Nouvelle Edition. Broulhiet, Toulouse, 1783, pp40, stab sewn in plain paper wrappers, which are lightly marked, creased, and torn with some loss to the final page of adverts.

Le Roi et Le Fermier, pp3-48, title page lacking, no date or author. Pages extensively stained, dogearred and chipped.

Le Glorieux, Comedie en vers et en cinq actes, by M Nericault Destouches. Louis Chambeau, Avignon, 1765. Pp76 Stab sewn in printed paper wrappers, extensively stained, chipped and dog-earred.

Les Folies Amoureuses, Comedie en trois actes et en vers, by Monsieur Regnard. Nouvelle edition, N B Duchesne, Paris, 1777, pp40, stab sewn with printed title page, extensively chipped, creased and dog eared, pages clean.

Adelaide, ou L’Antipathie Pour L’Amour, Comedie en deux actes. Ruault, Paris, 1780, pp28, stab sewn with printed title page, outer pages soiled, others creased and dog eared but clean.

Le Jugement Dernier des Rois, Prophetie en un acte, en prose by Sylvain Marechal. C-F Patris, Paris, L’An second de la Republique Francaise (1793) pp36 stab sewn in printed paper wrappers, some loss to top corner of pages 1-14 but the text is still legible. The pages are browned and creased to the edges.

[Charles-Simon Favart] L’Amitie A L’Epreuve, Comedie en deux actes et en vers, melee d’ariettes. N B Duchesne, Paris 177?. Words by MM… and Favart, music by M Gretry. Stab sewn in plain card wrappers, title neatly in pen to front cover, pp34 plus three pages of manuscript which complete the missing pages of the play, bottom corner of title page missing, other pages stained and dog eared.
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