Item No: frk00655
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Abm. Bixler
Roman print; Roman script
Laid paper; ink
This BOOK is the \ property belonging to \ ABM BIXLER ESQR
Rare Book Department
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. In the upper center of the document is a portrait of a man within an oval frame. The man is wearing a shirt, collar, and coat. The text within a rectangular frame is beneath it. In the upper corners of the document are two angels, one holding a cross and the other with a flag. In the upper center is a sun. In the lower left corner is a man and in the lower right corner is a woman. Both are without clothes and holding a flower in one hand. This bookplate has been removed from the book for which it was made.
David Bixler of Lancaster County and his brother Absolam Bixler (d. 1884) were both artists. Their father, Abraham Bixler (d. 1847), owned a sawmill in Brecknock Township, Lancaster County. This bookplate may have been made for either Abraham or Absolam Bixler, possibly by either David or Absolam Bixler. Absolam Bixler, who was in addition to being a potter and woodcarver was also a justice of the peace, may be the most likely owner of this bookplate given the designation of "ESQR" after the Bixler name.
"David Bixler" 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, p. 106.
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Anonymous - Decorator
Anonymous - Scrivener