Group of eight 19th century North American view books, each comprised of an accordion-folded leaf with lithographed views of cultural and historical landmarks, street scenes, and important buildings, two also containing panoramic views, several with maps in the back, the booklets depicting the Hudson River, Boston, New York, Baltimore, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, and Washington, DC (two books). Some minor creasing and soiling, the Boston booklet with an old taped repair along one crease in the panorama. Sizes vary: five booklets approx. 3-1/4 x 5 inches, two 6 x 4-3/4 inches, and one 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 inches. Six with embossed gilt-stamped boards covered in red, green, or brown cloth; two with decorated green cloth boards. Some very minor wear along extremities, largest Washington booklet with some minor splitting along spine. New York (Wittemann Bros.) 1881-1889. The larger Washington, DC book lacks publication information.
A small catalogue in the back of "Souvenir of Boston" lists a number of souvenir booklets published by Wittemann Bros., and includes contemporary reviews from the Boston Herald, New York Evening Post, and the Richmond, Va. Standard. The catalogue also indicates that Wittemann Bros. produced their souvenir albums "from photographs by Louis Glaser's process." This refers to a special process developed by Louis Glaser which used multiple lithographic stones to achieve a "varnished look that creates greater illusion of depth than a simple lithograph" (Ron Tyler, unpublished work on 19th century lithographs). Fascinating views of important American cities near the turn of the century. Book ID: 48959