Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Isaiah Rickert


Item Info

Item No: frk01218
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Isaiah Rickert
Scripts/Text: Fraktur
Language: German
Weiser Number: 703
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink

[in upper center]

[above arch]
Herr Hilf mir das ich doch recht kindlich beten kann \ Und nimm auch mein gebet bey aller Schwachheit an

[in frame]
Dieses \ Neue Gesang= \ buch Gehöret \ Isaiah Rickert,
Leite mich nach deinem rath, \ und nim mich endlich, in Gnaden an,


[in upper center]

[above arch]
Lord, help me so that I can pray like a child, and accept my prayer despite all weakness.

[in frame]
This new hymnal belongs to Isaiah Rickert.
Guide me with your advice and accept me finally with mercy.

Category: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen)
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The main text in Fraktur is within an arched frame in the center of the document. Next to the text are two flowerpots with flowers. A sun with a face is in the upper center. A verse in Fraktur is above the arch. The bookplate and first four pages have been removed from a copy of the Mennonite hymnal Die kleine geistliche Harfe der Kinder Zions (Lancaster, Pa., 1870). This Fraktur is listed in the catalog as FLP B-1007; however, it is housed as FLP 1218.


Several Bucks County artists incorporated distinctive spiral or swirl motifs into their fraktur.  This is one of the latest examples associated with the school, and is probably associated with Bedminster or Hilltown Townships.

Associated Names: Rickert, Isaiah

Cory M. Amsler, ed., Bucks County Fraktur (Kutztown, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1999), pp. 310-315; published as fig. 294 on p. 315.

Creation Place County: Region/County:[Bucks]
Creation Place Note:Based on design characteristics and related examples

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1871
Image Dimensions Width: 16.6 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 1218
Creator Name: [Swirl School Artist (active c. 1829-1871)] - Decorator
[Swirl School Artist (active c. 1829-1871)] - Scrivener

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