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Item No: frk00716
Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Abraham Landes
Decorator: [Johann Adam Eyer (1755-1837)]
Scrivener: [Johann Adam Eyer (1755-1837)]
Town/Township: Perkasie School, Hilltown Township
Note: Based on inscription on document
Physical Description: Leaf
Dimensions: 21.2 cm x 16.3 cm
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink
Media Type: Manuscripts
Eyer, Johann Adam; Landes, Abraham; Oberholtzer, Jacob
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur is in the upper center of the document. It is surrounded by a frame of calligraphic spirals and flowers. To its lower left is an inkwell with feather, and to its lower right is a hand holding a feather. In the lower portion of the document is a town with houses and churches of different sizes. The entire document is framed by a decorative border. This bookplate belonged to a writing exercise booklet (Vorschriftenbüchlein), common in the Mennonite school system. See FLP 716v for the inside back cover with an example of a writing exercise.
Previously attributed to Jacob Oberholzter, now attributed to Johann Adam Eyer through comparison of handwriting and design motifs with signed examples.
Dieses \ Vorschriften-Büchlein \ gehöret \ Abraham Landes \ Schreibschuler in der Birckenseher \ Schule. Geschr. d. 25ten May 1780.
Habe deine Lust am \ Herrn, der wird dir \ geben Was dein hertz \ wünscht.
This writing exercise booklet belongs to Abraham Landes, writing student in the Birkensee [Perkasie] School. Written on the 25th of May 1780.
Take pleasure in the Lord, he will give you what your heart desire.
Levi E. Yoder
"Johann Adam Eyer" in Russell D. and Corinne P. Earnest, Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997), 2nd ed., vol. 1, pp. 256-260.
Don S. Yoder, "Fraktur in Mennonite Culture," The Mennonite Quarterly Review 48, no. 3 (July 1974): 305-342; published as fig. 5.
Frederick S. Weiser, “I A E S D: The Story of Johann Adam Eyer, Schoolmaster and Fraktur Artist,” in Ebbes fer Alle-Ebber, Ebbes fer Dich: Something for Everyone—Something for You (Breinigsville, Pa.: The Pennsylvania German Society, 1980).
Lisa Minardi, "Quill & Brush: An Introduction to Pennsylvania German Fraktur," in Framing Fraktur: Pennsylvania German Material Culture & Contemporary Art, ed. Judith Tannenbaum (Philadelphia: Free Library of Philadelphia, 2015), published on p. 24 as fig. 10.
Weiser Number: 186
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