Augustus Köllner. “The Cruel Boys.” From Picture Lessons Illustrating Moral Truth, For the Use of Infant-Schools, Nurseries, Sunday-Schools, & Family Circles.
Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, . 11 ½ x 9 ¼ (image). Lithograph by Köllner. Original hand color. Faint water stain top margin not affecting image. Paper time toned. Else, very good condition. Very scarce. Wainwright 2. A/A
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 the following children’s picture books by Augustus Köllner: Common Sights in Town & Country (1851); Common Sights on Land and Water (1852); City Sights for Country Eyes (1856); Country Sights for City Eyes (1858).