Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Elisabeth Oberholzer


Item Info

Item No: frkb00010
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Elisabeth Oberholzer
Creation Date: 11/1/1803
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 195
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Singet Und spielet \ dem Herrn in Euren hertzen
Dieses \ Harmonische Melodeyen buch \ Gehöret \ Elisabeth Oberholzer
Sing Schüler in der Plum \ stadt Schule geschrieben \ d. 1ten November A \ Domini 1803

[along sides]
Lerne Wie du kanst allein \
Singer buch Und Temple seyn.


Sing and play for the Lord in your hearts.
This harmonious melody book belongs to Elisabeth Oberholzer, singing student in the Plumstead School. Written the 1st of November A. Domini 1803.

[along sides]
learn how you alone can be singer, book and temple.

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

N. B. See also FLP Borneman Ms. 31. 


Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur and German script within a circle is in the center of the document. Two lines of text are written along the sides. Next to it are two leafy stems of flowers. The entire document is framed within a decorative border. This bookplate is in the tune book for which it was made. (PA GER Borneman 31)

Attributed to schoolmaster David Kulp, formerly known as the Brown Leaf Artist. Another tune booklet (See Borneman Ms. 30/ FLP B-20) was made for Jacob Oberholzer at the Deep Run School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania on October 25, 1803. A brief comparison of the title pages shows that the design is exactly the same; decorative elements are identical with the exception of ornaments used in the borders; handwriting matches. The hymn tunes and titles are exactly the same up to Nun Lobt und danckt Gott Psalm 105. Because of differing numbering systems in both booklets, the latter hymn is found in Borneman Ms. 31 Hymn Nr. 87, and on page [53] in Borneman Ms. 30, No. 22. Thereafter a few additional hymns with their tunes are added to Borneman Ms. 31, but the order of Borneman Ms. 30 prevails, and all hymns and tunes from Borneman Ms. 30 are contained in Borneman Ms. 31. The latter, which is the smaller of the two tune booklets ends at Nr. 138 Komm heiliger geist, Erfülle die H[ertzen]:... located on page [77] in Borneman Ms. 30. 

Associated Names: Oberholzer, 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. 146. 

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:Based on inscription on document
City/Town/Township:Plumstead School, Plumstead Township

Image Dimensions Width: 9.4 cm
ShelfMark: FLP B-10
Creator Name: [David Kulp (1777-1834)] - Decorator
[David Kulp (1777-1834)] - Scrivener


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