Mountain Echoes Through the Catskills is a beautiful pictorial depiction of the Catskills region. It contains 12 different color illustrations from throughout the northern Catskills in and around the former Catskill Mountain House.
Illustrations included within Mountain Echoes Through the Catskills show locations such as Leeds Bridge, Sleepy Hollow and the Rip van Winkle House, Sunset Rock, North Mountain, Stony Clove, South Lake and Kaaterskill Falls.
Mountain Echoes Through the Catskills was published by Wolf and Company, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There is no published date but is likely from the late 1800s.
An identically titled book was first published by the Obpacher Brothers around the year 1888. The cover was different than the Wolf and Company book, but several of the illustrations were the same. The Obpacher book is noted for having six illustrations. In addition to the illustrations the Obpacher book contained poems by Washington Irving, Tennyson, Byron and others. An advertisement in the August 1, 1888 issue of The American Bookseller advertised the line of books published by the Obpacher Brothers. There were two version of Mountain Echoes Through the Catskills available in the Obpacher “70 cent series.” They were described as “Each containing 16 pages. Color. Size 6 3/4 x 5 inches. Upright and oblong.”
The Obpacher Brothers company was founded in 1867 by brothers Johann and Joseph Obpacher. They published a range of products including books, postcards, art prints and greeting cards for Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, etc. Printing operations were based in Munich, Germany, but the company also operated offices at Berlin, Paris, London, New York and Chicago. They continued operations for over a century until they closed their doors in 1988.
In addition to the Catskills, other Obpacher Brothers location publications included “The Seabound Isle, Mount Desert,” “Nature’s Haunts in the White and Franconia Mountains,” “Along the Banks of the St. Lawrence River,” and “On the Borders of the Ocean, Newport.” Each of these were also part of the 1888 “70 cent series.”
Rip Van Winkle's Staircase
Rip Van Winkle House
The Mountain House
Round Top Mountain and South Lake
Through Sleepy Hollow
Stony Clove Brook