IN 1991 the British Library mounted an exhibition, 'Switzerland 700', to coincide with the seventh centenary celebrations of the Swiss Confederation. One of the items on display was Die edle Friedens-Lust ('The noble joys of peace'), a poem commemorating the conclusion of a formal peace between the Abbot of St Gall and the Protestant cantons of Zurich and Berne in 1718, following a civil war which had threatened to tear the country apart six years earlier. The work came from a tract volume (BL press-mark 9305.aa.8) containing forty-six printed pamphlets or longer works relating to Swiss history, as well as a number of manuscripts. Approximately two thirds of the printed works, and three of the manuscripts, nos. 10, 10** and 30, concern the war of 1712, otherwise known as the War of the Toggenburg or Second Villmergen War. The volume has a plain binding, probably of around 1800, and is described on the spine as 'Alte Schweizer Sachen', and inside the book as ' Alte Schweizer Piecen\ It bears the label of the Schweizer Antiquariat, Zurich, but was actually acquired in 1877 from the firm of Asher in Berlin for exactly £2.
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