Sunday, September 15, 2013


Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Anna Stauffer Creators: Decorator: Christian Alsdorff (c. 1760-1838) Scrivener: Christian Alsdorff (c. 1760-1838) Creation Place: County: Lancaster State/Province: Pennsylvania Note: Based on artist's location Creation Date: 3/24/1793

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur and German script is in the lower half of the document. In the upper center is a tree like flower with two birds. The entire item is framed by a decorative border. This bookplate is in the hymnal Ausbund, Das ist Etliche schöne Christliche Lieder (Germantaun, Leibert und Billmeyer, 1785).   (PA GER Germantown 1785 Au72)
Christian Alsdorff was formerly known as the Earl Township Artist.
Die Zeit geht jeden Tag Vorbey. Wer weiß wie nah das Ende sey.
Dieses schöne Lieder Buch gehöret Anna Staufferin \ Und ihr ist gekauft worden von ihrem \ Vatter Gott zur Ehr und ihr zur lehr! \ Am 24.ten Mertz 1793. Leite du mich \ Lieber Heyland mein, und für mich in dein \ Reich hin ein Haleluja
Time goes by every day. Who knows how near the end may be.
This beautiful hymnal belongs to Anna Staufferin, and was bought for her by her father. For God’s glory and her instruction! on the 24th of March 1793. Guide me, dear savior mine, and lead me in your kingdom. Hallelujah.
Bucks County, Pennsylvania watercolor and ink on paper bookplate in a New Testament, dated1794, for Elisabetha Funcfin, Bedminster Township, attributed to Samuel Meyer, with an elaborate floral branch, 6 1/2" x 3 1/2". Exhibition: Mennonite Historical Society, 2004-2005. Provenance: Christie's, January 2003, lot 838.

Estimated: $1000 - $1500
Realized Price: $1541

Lehigh County, Pennsylvania watercolor bookplate in a New Testament, dated 1818, inscribedPhilip Mumbauer, School Master of Upper Milford Township, with script, bird, and tulip decoration, 6 3/4" x 3 3/4".

Estimated: $400 - $800
Realized Price: $395

Pennsylvania School Bookplate, c. 1817, watercolor and pen and ink on paper, with stylized flower over a heart, indistinct German inscriptions, and dated 1817, (small losses, toning), 6 x 3 1/4 in., in a carved wood frame. 

Estimated: $400 - $600
Realized Price: $353

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