Washington: Lithographed and published by P. Haas, 1840. ,44,pp. plus twenty-two lithographic plates (three folding). Printed and lithographic titlepages. 16mo. Original roan, title amid laurel wreath design stamped in gilt on front cover, rebacked in matching style. Corners repaired. Foxing throughout, as well as an old tideline in upper portion of plates and text leaves. Good. Item #WRCAM39342
This copy bears a gift inscription on the front free endpaper to Senator William E. Borah of Idaho. Borah, a Republican, served in the United States Senate from 1907 to 1940, ran for president in 1936, and was a leading "isolationist" on foreign policy matters. An enchanting illustrated guide to the art and architecture of the United States Capitol, with lithographic plates by the artist, Augustus Kollner, and the publisher and lithographer, P. Haas. Each of the images is accompanied by explanatory text. Included are views of the Capitol, the "Presidents House," the Treasury, the Post Office, and the Patent Office as well as interior scenes of the Capitol and the Senate Chamber. Representations of statuary found in various Washington buildings include Thomas Jefferson, Pocahontas and Capt. John Smith, Daniel Boone, Penn's Treaty, and the Pilgrims at Plymouth. The folding plans are diagrams of the floor of the Senate and the floor of the House of Representatives, and the folding plates are of Greenough's statue of Washington and an interior view of the House of Representatives. This is the second issue of Kollner's guide, with a title dated 1840, after the first issue of 1839. Only the title date is changed. Kollner was a prolific and long-lived Philadelphia artist (he lived until 1908) who also produced a larger series of views of American cities between 1848 and 1851. This book is some of Kollner's earliest work, as well as being one of the earliest series of views of Washington, and one of the earliest publications with representations of the art decorating the U.S. Capitol. OCLC 5620465.