KOLLNER, Augustus (1812-1906). Common Sights on Land and Water. Delineated & Described for Young Children. Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, [1852].

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Oblong 4to., (8 7/8 x 11 5/8 inches). 12 lithographed plates (a bit toned, occasionally spotted). Original publisher’s pictorial printed wrappers (a bit frayed, a few pale stains, toned).


Provenance: Contemporary manuscript ownership inscription of Albert Crick to front wrapper, occasional contemporary marginalia.

First edition. A charming collection of instructional lithographs for children illustrating moral lessons. Augustus Kollner was “a distinguished 19th-century Philadelphia artist, etcher, engraver, and lithographer who started his career in the arts in Germany. Kollner worked as an engraver of book illustrations and animal portraiture in Stuttgart by 1828 and in Paris during the 1830s before he immigrated to the United States and Washington, D.C. in 1839. In D.C., he worked at the Haas firm and lithographed advertisements, bank notes, and cityscape views until he relocated to Philadelphia in 1840. In his new city of residence, he established a studio as a portrait painter at Chestnut and Exchange streets with a residence at Noble above Franklin streets by 1844…

“Between 1847 and 1848, Kollner became the artist for the lithographic firm Brechemin & Camp (Phoenix Block, Second and Dock streets) where he designed all genres of lithographs as well as advertised his picturesque views based on his annual summer sketching trips of the East Coast, including Canada. In addition, his views of American landmarks, including Philadelphia, began to be published for the seminal series "View of American Cities" issued 1848-1851 by Goupil, Vibert & Co. He also assumed a partnering role with John H. Camp following the retirement of Louis Brechemin. During this time Kollner had also relocated his residence to 239 Arch Street, where he lived ca. 1848-ca. 1854.

“The new partnership lasted to ca. 1851 during which time the men issued a number of advertisements promoting their collaboration and Kollner began his work for the American Sunday School Union [the publisher here]. He contributed a number of plates for their children’s moral lesson books such as ‘City Sights for Country Eyes’ (1856). The lithographs created by pen and ink were atypical for American pictorial lithography and often included Kollner's expertise in the delineation of horses” (Library Company of Philadelphia online).