The Brewery at Klein-Schwechat
A unique album of photographs reproducing drawings of different views of the famous brewery at Klein-Schwechat, a town just to the south-east of Vienna, entitled (from the upper cover): “Brauerei in Klein-Schechat [sic]. Nach der Natur gezeichnet und Seiner Hochwohlgeborn Herrn August Deiglmaier [sic] Dankbar Gewidmet von Georg Wieninger 1881.” 21 photographs (seven double-page) mounted on thick board. Oblong 4to (320 x 220 mm.), an ornately designed morocco binding with nine sunken panels on both covers, decorated & lettered in gilt & blind, spine decorated in gilt & blind, a.e.g.
An elaborate album of photographs of drawings of the celebrated brewery at Klein-Schwechat, founded in 1632, and today one of the leading breweries of Austria, producing a lager, a light smooth premium beer called Hopfenperle, and a super-premium called Steffl. The album was prepared for the renowned Viennese brewer August Deiglmayer (1827-83), who was at that time, managing director of the brewery and one of the great innovators of 19th century brewing. Deiglmayer spent much of his professional career at the Klein-Schwechat brewery.
The drawings were executed at the request of Georg Wieninger (1832-87), scion of the Schärding family of brewers. Reproduced here in photographs, the drawings depict a number of the imperial-style buildings of the brewery, set around a series of courtyards, which today still more resembles a grand country estate more than a brewery. The first plate consists of a calligraphic title “Erinnerung an Klein-Schwechat” in a hop-vine border. Each has a caption in manuscript.
In fine condition. Preserved in the original box.
❧ Jackson, The New World Guide to Beer, pp. 192-93.
Item ID: 3704