Momberger, William (illus).
Hartford, CT. American Publishing Company. 1892.
18 chromolithographic (color) plates with tissue guards, gilt embossed decorative cloth-covered boards, 9 ¼ x 7 inches, 534 pp. Wear to head and tail of spine and lower front corner; front hinge has separated but is still attached, front free endpaper and title page coming loose, first tissue guard torn, pencil inscription to Nellie Whiting from her parents dated 1899; text block is tight. A good copy. A book of interpretive theology, divided by the author into three parts: "The Kingdom in Shadow" (Old Testament); "The Kingdom in Mystery" (New Testament); "The Kingdom in Manifestation" (Millennial Times). Of particular interest are the eighteen chromolithographic illustrations by German-born artist William Momberger (or possibly his son) depicting fantastical creatures and events anticipating the end of times. A web page with focus on Momberger (indianaillustratorsdotblogspotdotcom) states that he had a son, also an artist, who died in the 1930s. It is quite possible the illustrations in Tower's book were done by the son, as they are so utterly at odds with the art work associated with the elder Momberger. Item #54264