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Life in New York Augustus Köllner. "From Life New York." Probably from Common Sights in Town & Country. Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, ca. 1850. 6 3/4 x 9 1/2. Lithograph by Köllner.

The American Sunday School Union was founded in 1824, its purpose "To establish a Sunday School in every needy neighborhood in the United States, and to publish and circulate a religious literature suitable for youths and adults." The Union boasted that they published a book every Saturday and some of the most delightful were in a series of children's picture books entitled Common Sights in Town & Country. The first of these works contained twelve lithographs by Köllner, each accompanied by a page of text. The prints were based on images of common tradesmen and scenes in Philadelphia. Other volumes in the series did appear, and while we have not found a listing, it is likely that these contained scenes from other cities, including this image. It is a charming mid-nineteenth century American city scene, providing us with an unusual look at our past. $375

Palissades on the Hudson Viaggio. "2. Palissade-Roks sull' Hudson." Ca. 1840. 3 1/2 x 4 5/8. Very good condition. $45

Family scene in Central Park [Central Park, New York] Ca. 1860. 17 3/4 x 24 1/4. Lithograph with bright hand color. Black margins. Very good condition.

A sentimental Victorian scene in Central Park, similar to those by an apparent contemporary of Currier and Ives. Handsome and colorful. $525

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