Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Johannes Honsperger


Item Info

Item No: frkb00011
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Johannes Honsperger
Creation Date: 1/17/1815
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 831
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Dieses \ Harmonische Melodeyen büchlein \ Gehöret \ Johannes Honsper= \ ger, Sing Scgüler in der Bir= \ kenseher Schule, Geschrieben \ d. 17ten Januarius Im \ Jahr 1815

[along sides]
Lerne Wie du kanst Allein \ Singer buch und Tempel seyn.


This little harmonious melody book belongs to Johannes Honsperger, singing student in the Birkensee School. Written the 17th of January in the year 1815. 

[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. 40.


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 along the sides. Next to it are two leafy 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 40)

Attributed to schoolmaster David Kulp, formerly known as the Brown Leaf Artist.  Kulp entered the first 32 tunes.  Later another teacher entered tunes up to 88.

Associated Names: Kulp, David
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. 141. 

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

Image Dimensions Width: 9.3 cm
ShelfMark: FLP B-11
Creator Name: [David Kulp (1777-1834)] - Decorator
[David Kulp (1777-1834)] - Scrivener

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