An Abecedarius

An Abecedarius

Item Info

Item No: frkm147000
Title: An Abecedarius
Scripts/Text: Fraktur, cursive
Language: German
Physical Description: 1 booklet (6 leaves) + 1 leaf
Material: Laid paper, ink, watercolor
Category: Alphabet
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

 N. B. See also FLP 1155

Binding: Pamphlet, paper wrapper.

Manuscript booklet, alphabet book in watercolor and ink.

Single manuscript cursive leaf with description in German accompanying.

Facsimile as well + translation on note cards.

"This example of Pennsylvania Dutch Fraktur script is an ornamental alphabet. The work is characteristic of Mennonite calligraphy and has, accompanying each letter, a short rhyme which is hortatory or pious in content." (from exhibition card)

"Mennonite, done by Yelles or Herbert Cassell, may have been students of Christopher Dock.


"A" Everything depends on the grace and blessing of God and without the help of Heaven all man's work is worthless.

"F" To be lazy is a bad life and therefore no one should follow it. Doing nothing weakens the spirit and courage, but work is very good for one. You must think of St. Paul who says he who does not work shall not eat. Therefore, everyone must do the work for which God has selected him.

Creation Place State/Province: State/Province:Pennsylvania

Image Dimensions Width: 32.2 cm
ShelfMark: FLP Borneman Ms. 147

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