Item No: frk00724
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Elisabeth Niszly
Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Elisabeth Niszly \ 1828 \
[in lower right]
New Ephrata February 27th, 1828, \
Rare Book Department
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. In the center of the document is an arch topped by a striped circle. It is by two columns that are topped by striped circles and decorated by with two faces. Beneath the arch is a stylized tree, or flower, within an oval shape. Leafy stems of flowers are next to it as well as in the upper corners of the document. The name and year in Fraktur and a fan-like flower are within the arch. The place and date in Roman script are in the lower right corner.
"Samuel Bentz" 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, pp. 90-93.
Frederick S. Weiser, “Samuel Bentz, the Mount Pleasant Artist,” in Der Reggeboge 20, no. 2 (1986).
Richard I. Barons, ed. The Folk Tradition: Early Arts and Crafts of the Susquehanna Valley (Binghampton, NY: Roberson Center, 1982); published as fig. 86.
Creation Place Town/Township:
City/Town/Township:New Ephrata [now Lincoln]
Creation Place Note:Based on inscription on document
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[Samuel Bentz (1792-1850)] - Decorator
[Samuel Bentz (1792-1850)] - Scrivener