Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union. A. Kollner Lithy. Phila. H. Camp's Lith. Press. [1847-1851]. Oblong folio, 11-1/2" x 9-1/8".  leaves of text,  wood- engraved plates of the animals noted in the title. Plates and text on facing pages. Elaborate pictorial title wrappers, lithographed by Augustus Kollner and John H. Camp. Rear wrapper advertises "Valuable books for children and youth with fine plates and engravings in large varieties. Published by the American Sunday-School Union..." Lettering on front and rear wrappers surrounded by illustrations of animals. Plate of the Lion signed 'R.S. Gilbert'; Plates of the Trout and Jaguar signed 'Gilbert'. Complete, moderately foxed, mildly worn. One plate partially and neatly colored. Good+.
"Augustus Kollner, born 1812 in Wurttemberg, Germany, 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 Stutgart 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. 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... 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. 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." [Web site Library Company of Philadelphia, Augustus Kollner].
FIRST EDITION. OCLC 191234898 [2- AAS, Free Lib. Phila.], 701778666 [2- Yale, AAS], 32835650 [1- UCLA] as of June 2017. Item #33891