German fraktur manuscript prayer book with slipcase. Franz Xaveri Warig for Oresencia Kieferin.
German fraktur manuscript prayer book with slipcase
German fraktur manuscript prayer book with slipcase
German fraktur manuscript prayer book with slipcase
German fraktur manuscript prayer book with slipcase
German fraktur manuscript prayer book with slipcase

German fraktur manuscript prayer book with slipcase

Probably Pennsylvania: 1807. Full leather.

The full-leather manuscript prayer book measures approximately 4.25" x 6.25"; the slipcase is 4.5" x 7". Complete with frontispiece, title page, author and ownership page, 273 numbered text pages, and a 7-page index.

The exceptionally well-done frontispiece is hand-drawn/colored and shows Jesus in prayer next to a large sunflower under a bright sun. The text is a mixture of fraktur and script. Elaborate hand-drawn headings and decorations are throughout the text in red, green, yellow, and black-brown repeat the sun and flower motif.

The red leather boards have five raised bands and gilt foliate tooling. The initials "R. G." are stamped in the center of the front cover. All edges gilt.

Sound binding with intact hinges and clean pages. Edge-gilding is bright; decorations somewhat darkened. Contained in a well-worn tight-fitting brown-leather slipcase that is structurally sound but missing the top end of its cap. Very good. Item #008727

The book is titled Sonen Wend: Blumlein which I believe translates as Solstice: Flowers. The title page also states that it contains confession and communion vespers as well as daily prayers. On the reverse is a note that it was compiled by Franz Xaveri Warig in 1807 for Oresencia Kieferin. A beautifully handcrafted work of religious and, perhaps, personal devotion.

Purchased at an Adamstown antique shop in Pennsylvania's "Dutch Country"

Price: $1,500.00