Skip to main content

Distributed for Scheidegger & Spiess

Twenty-Six Things

A Time Travel Through Switzerland

The Swiss National Museum in Zurich features a permanent collection of some 850,000 objects that tell the story of Switzerland’s history from prehistoric times to the present. This book selects twenty-six items from the collection, one from each of Switzerland’s cantons, that together offer a mosaic of Swiss history. The items include a gold Celtic bowl made more than three thousand years ago,  a miniature electric motor that helped propel NASA’s Spirit rover on Mars, a medieval Madonna sculpture, a clock that once belonged to Napoleon, the first Swiss snow gun, and many more. Beautifully designed and richly illustrated, this book is a wonderful, compact companion to the appreciation of Switzerland’s long history.

112 pages | 80 color plates | 6 x 8 1/2 | © 2016

Art: European Art

Scheidegger & Spiess image

View all books from Scheidegger & Spiess

Table of Contents

1 | Perforated baton
Magic in Palaeolithic times
Canton of Schaffhausen

2 | Golden bowl
The gold-digger of Altstetten
Canton of Zurich

3 | Mercenary’s helmet
It’s all in the shape
Canton of Ticino

4 | Disc fibula
How the “Röstigraben” came to be
Canton of Solothurn

5 | Madonna and Child
An unusual Sleeping Beauty
Canton of Valais

6 | Battle shield
Oh for the good old days! Or not?
Canton of Uri

7 | Gradual
A heavyweight of cultural history
Canton of Thurgau

8 | Foot reliquary
A window on a supernatural helper
Canton of Basel-Landschaft

9 | “Hortus Conclusus” church tapestry
A medieval riddle
Canton of Schwyz

10 | Chronicle of the Swiss Confederation
The Swiss foundation legend
Canton of Lucerne

11 | Stained glass window with cantonal coat of arms
A display window in the 16th century
Canton of Zug

12 | Celestial globe
An ingenious timekeeper
Canton of St. Gallen

13 | Renaissance chamber
If you’ve got it, flaunt it!
Canton of Nidwalden

14 | “Ratsrose” painting
Canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden

15 | Jardin potager
Gardening stories
Canton of Waadt

16 | Breguet travel clock
Napoleon was a fan of Breguet
Canton of Neuchâtel

17 | Dufour map
The birth of modern cartography
Canton of Geneva

18 | Char-de-côté, stagecoach
Bumpy conditions on Switzerland’s public transport
Canton of Jura

19 | Whitework embroidery
Stitch by stitch
Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden

20 | AC generator
Pioneers of electricity
Canton of Aargau

21 | Cailler’s Swiss Milk Chocolate
The dark side of chocolate
Canton of Fribourg

22 | Beach chair
Classic design
Canton of Glarus

23 | Watch Speedmaster
A Swiss watch on the moon
Canton of Berne

24 | Snow cannon
Out of the blue sky
Canton of Graubünden

25 | DC motor RE 25
From Oberwalden straight to Mars
Canton of Obwalden

26 | LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
Albert Hofmann’s high-speed bicycle trip
Canton of Basel-Stadt

Be the first to know

Get the latest updates on new releases, special offers, and media highlights when you subscribe to our email lists!

Sign up here for updates about the Press