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Karl von Zinzendorf, Tagebuch einer kommerziellen Studienreise durch die Schweiz

Annotated Edition of the Original French Text of the Diary June-October 1764

edited by

Helmut Watzlawick    L’Intermédiaire des Casanovistes, Genève, Suisse    



This edition is part of a wider project for a comprehensive transcription of the diary by Karl von Zinzendorf (1739‑1813). Zinzendorf was counsellor at the Treasury (Commerzienrat) in Vienna (1762‑66), Governor of Trieste (1776‑82), and later Staatsminister. From 1764 to 1770 he travelled to different European countries: Switzerland, Italy, Malta, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, the British Isles, and Belgium. The complete diary, which covers the period from his Saxon childhood to his death as minister in Vienna, is renowned for the regularity of its entries as well as the acute observations and critical self‑reflections of the author. Zinzendorf’s stay in Switzerland between June and October 1764 corresponds to one of his study trip to analyse the European trade (kommerzielle Studienreisen). The diary holds rich insights into contemporary social and cultural practices such as reading, letter‑writing, family relationships, theatre and music, card‑playing, riding and walking, friendship keeping in mind the relations between the Swiss cantons and the Italian peninsula, especially Venice. The accompanying index contains entries that elucidate the names of people and geographical places. An introductory section surveys selected topics in the Swiss diary that have never been explored systematically until now.

Oct. 4, 2023
Feb. 9, 2023
Number of pages
16x23 cm
Copyright: © 2023 Helmut Watzlawick. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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