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Manuscript on Paper, Prayer Book, German, 18th Century.

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Books & Manuscripts - 2730B
Date / Time :
May 31, 2014 11:00AM


Manuscript on Paper, Prayer Book, German, 18th Century.
Octavo, approximately 300 pages, illustrated with fifteen hand-colored devotional engravings (prayer cards) further enhanced with gold decoration, and with areas of the paper cut away and backed with different pieces of fabric and hand-made metallic lace, each card a multi-media collage, mounted on a page of the manuscript, subjects of the prayer cards include the Apostles, the Infant of Prague, the Holy Family, Saint Francis, the crucifixion, and other similar subjects; the text in German, in a light brown ink, some headings in green ink, sixteen or seventeen lines per page; bound in full contemporary dark green morocco, tooled in gilt on both boards and spine, with an IHS emblem and the initials M.F.C. on the front board, another Catholic emblem with different initials on the back board; edges gilt and gauffered, with multicolored gilt block-printed endleaves, all binding elements very well preserved, the binding housed in the original two-part solander case, lined with decorated paper, the exterior of the case covered in brown sheepskin, worn and dry, 5 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.
Although the German hand is hard to read, an inscription on the front free endleaf in the same hand as the text may identify the original owner.
Estimate $800-1,000

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Prague, multi-media collage