August de Serres

Jubilee Commemoration Album for August de Serres - unique copy!

19 large plates illuminated with original water color illustrations by notable artists and handwritten words, 1887.
Composed for the decorated railway engineer August de Serres-Wieczffinski (1841-1900) to commemorate his 20th employment anniversary (1867-1887) in the privileged Austro-Hungarian State Railway. On behalf of the members of the Board of Construction, signed by over 160 persons.
With superb water colors by Franz Kopallik (5), Vacslav Jansa (4), Ludwig Hans Fischer (3), Ladislaus Eugen Petrovitz (2), Hans Wilt (1), F.O. Krabby (1) - these all signed by the artists, three more not signed.

The plates are highlighting major stations of Serres' work for the development of the Austro-Hungarian State Railways beginning with his entry to the administration in 1867, depicting the construction of the Temesvar - Orsova route, the new Budapest railway station, Bridges etc. as well as prizes and honors in Serres' career. The events are illustrated with small views of stations, administration building, bridges, etc., and ornamental or allegorical representations.

Serres had manufactured a faksimile edition in black und white and in smaller format for the personnel of the Board of Construction which shows that the album contained more plates but the originals of these seem to be lost.

Each plate 56 x 65,5 cm. under passepartout, in a custom made card board protective box.
Some plates soiled and stained primarily at margins.

Outstanding document in the history of the Austro-Hungarian Railways.

Album commémorative pour Auguste de Serres.
19 beaux tableaux d'aquarelles originales par des artistes éminents et des textes écrits à la main, 1887.
Composé pour l'ingénieur des chemins de fer Auguste de Serres-Wieczffinski (1841-1900) à l'occasion de vingt-anniversaire (1867-1887) dans le "priv. Österr.-Ungarische Staatseisenbahn". Signée par plus de 160 personnes.

Avec des aquarelles brillantes par Franz Kopallik (5), Vacslav Jansa (4), Ludwig Hans Fischer (3), Ladislaus Eugen Petrovitz (2), Hans Wilt (1), F.O. Krabby (1).

Important document sur l'histoire des chemins de fer austro-hongrois. Unique.

Album für August de Serres 1887