Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Elisabeth Oberholtzer


Item Info

Item No: frkb00005
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Elisabeth Oberholtzer
Creation Date: 11/5/1814
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 835
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Dieses \ Harmonische Melodeyen \ büchlein Gehöret \ Elisabeth Oberholtzerin
Sing Schüler in der Tieffronner \ Schule geschrieben d 5ten November \ im Jahr unsers Herrn Jesu \ Christi 1814


This little harmonious melody book belongs to Elisabeth Oberholtzerin, singing student in the Deep Run School. Written the 5th of November in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ 1814.

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

N. B. See also FLP Borneman Ms. 39.


Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur and German script within a circle is in the center of the document. It is surrounded by several leafy stems of flowers, including tulips. The entire document is framed by a decorative border. This bookplate is in the tune book for which it was made.  (PA GER Borneman 39)

Attributed to schoolmaster David Kulp, formerly known as the Brown Leaf Artist.  See also FLP B00006, made by Kulp for Anna Oberholtzer and also dated November 5, 1814.  The two tune books contain the same tunes up to number 60 with the exception of 1 and 13 which are interchanged in two two books.  Elisabeth's book has small numbers to the right of some tunes which correspond to the hymn text numbers in Zions Harfe, the Mennonite hymnal first printed in 1803.

Associated Names: Oberholtzer, Elisabeth
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


"David Kulp"  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. 479-481.

Joel D. Alderfer, " 'David Kulp, His Hand and Pen, Beet it if You Can': The Bucks County Brown Leaf Artist Identified," in  Cory M. Amsler, ed., Bucks County Fraktur (Kutztown, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1999), pp. 151-165.

Mary Jane Lederach Hershey, "The Notenbüchlein Tradition in Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Community Schools," in  Cory M. Amsler, ed., Bucks County Fraktur (Kutztown, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1999), p. 145. 

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:Based on inscription on document
City/Town/Township:Deep Run School, Bedminster Township

Image Dimensions Width: 10.4 cm
ShelfMark: FLP B-5
Creator Name: [David Kulp (1777-1834)] - Decorator
[David Kulp (1777-1834)] - Scrivener

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