Item No: frk00579
Title: Reward of Merit for George Hess
Fraktur; Roman script
Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Reward of Merit \ to \ George Hess
Within this awful Volume lies \ The Mystery of Mysteries; \ O! Happiest they of Human race, \ To whom our God has given grace \ To see, to read, to fear, to Pray! \ To lift the latch and force the way, \ But better had they ne’er been born \ Who read to doubt or read to scorn!
Reward of Merit (Belohnung)
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Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. In the center of the document is an open bible. The verse in Roman script is within it. The dedication in Fraktur is in the upper and lower center of the document. Small drawings, often lacking inscriptions and referred to as bookmarks by collectors, were given by schoolmasters to their students as rewards for good behavior and scholastic accomplishments.
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