The finest book of Frankfurt views published in the 19th century

Kirchner, Anton. Ansichten von Frankfurt am Main und seiner Umgegend.

Frankfurt am Main, Gebr. Wilmans (gedruckt bei Carl Ludwig Brede in Offenbach), 1818.

Small folio (224 x 284 mm). 2 vols. (12), 376 pp. (8), 283, (1) pp. With 2 engraved title pages, 25 engraved plates (mostly after Radl), and 1 folding population table. Without the folding map of Frankfurt. Contemporary red morocco, richly gilt to spine and covers with gilt spine label; leading edges gilt, gilt inner dentelle around silk endpapers; all edges gilt.


First edition of this historical and topographical description of Frankfurt and numerous towns in the Anterior Taunus aera. A unique luxury copy on wove paper, very wide-margined and in a magnificent contemporary morocco binding. The flyleaf of the first volume bears an autograph inscription by the famous Frankfurt bookseller Hermann Joseph Baer (1811-81) to the Frankfurt-born educator Carl Bernhard Greiss in Wiesbaden (1809-73): "Seinem Freunde Dr. C. B. Greiss / Frankfurt a. M., den 13. März 1864 / Hermann Joseph Baer".

Bindings slightly rubbed; insignificant bumping to lower spine-ends. Some foxing to interior, with some waterstaining to the first leaves of the second volume, otherwise a very appealingly preserved luxury copy of the finest collection of views of Frankfurt published in its time.

Brunet III, 669 (VI, 26661). Kayser I, 78.