Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Anna Honsperger


Item Info

Item No: frkb00012
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Anna Honsperger
Creation Date: 3/3/1814
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 830
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

wie ein blümlein bald \ Vergehet so ist Unser leben seht.
Dieses \ Harmonische Melodeyen büchlein, \ Gehöret \ Anna Honspergerin
Sing Schüler in der Birckenseher \ Schule, Geschrieben d 3ten \ März im Jahr Anno \ Domi 1814.

[along sides]
Lerne wie du kanst Allein,
Singer buch und Tempel seyn.


As a little flower soon wilts so our life is seen.
This little harmonious melody book belongs to Anna Honspergerin, singing student in the Birkensee School. Written the 3rd of March in the year Anno Domini 1814.

[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. 37.


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 are written 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 37)

Attributed to schoolmaster David Kulp, formerly known as the Brown Leaf Artist.  Kulp entered the first 58 tunes, followed by another hand who  entered nine pages of unnumbered tunes.


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: 9.7 cm
ShelfMark: FLP B-12
Creator Name: [David Kulp (1777-1834)] - Decorator
[David Kulp (1777-1834)] - Scrivener

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