Probably Pennsylvania: 1807. Full leather. The 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 bright sun. The text is a mixture of fraktur and script. Elaborate hand-drawn headings and decorations 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. The well-worn tight-fitting brown-leather slipcase 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 loosely translates as Sunshine: 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 beautiful handcrafted work of religious, and perhaps personal, devotion.