2 pp. of introductory text followed by 18 pages of plates, printed recto only, each sheet containing a single image printed in two states side by side, primarily views of trees with several other landscape scenes. Very good overall, some spotting to title page, old ink stain to text sheet, some minor foxing and toning throughout, sheets 3-6 with small and neat old mend to verso along central crease, does not affect illustrations. Oblong folio, sheet size 320 x 470 mm. Original blue paper wrpps., paper spine reinforced, some slight fading, foxing, and chipping to fore-edge, slight crease along center. Munich (Verlage der Lithographischen Kunst - Anstalt bey der Feyertags-Schule) 1816.
The technique of lithography was invented in the 1790s by German actor and playwright Alois Senefelder. He started a publishing firm in 1796 with composer Franz Gelißner using lithography as their main printing technique, and by 1809 there were at least 6 independent lithographic presses in Munich. One of the earliest adopters was the Feyertags-Schule printing press, under the direction of Joseph Mitterer, and which employed Alois's brothers Georg and Theodore Senefelder. Mitterer played a major role in progressing the technique of lithography and helping to popularize it as a teaching aid. At the time, Wagenbauer was already a regionally-known landscape artist and main contributor to the series "Lithographische Kunstprodukte", published from 1805 to 1807 and known for its high technical standard not achieved elsewhere in Europe until several decades later. This volume, with illustrations by Wagenbauer and published by the Feyertags-Schule press, is one of the earliest art instructional books to use lithography as its printing technique. (Michael Twyman, Lithography 1800-1850, 1970). A very scarce and early volume on lithography; as of February 2019, WorldCat locates four holdings of the 1810 printing in North American libraries and no other editions. Book ID: 49035