Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Maria Fretz


Item Info

Item No: frkb00016
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Maria Fretz
Creation Date: 11/27/1787
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 827
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Dieses \ Noten=Büchlein \ gehöret \ Maria \ Fretzin Sing= \ Schüler in der Tieffronner Schule. Geschrieben \ d. 27 ten November 1787


This little book of music belongs to Maria Fretzin, Singing student in the Deep Run School. Written the 27th of November 1787.

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

N. B. See also FLP Borneman Ms. 25.


Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur and German script is in the center of the document. It is flanked on each side by a bird on a flower. In the lower center is a series of musical notes. The entire document is framed by a decorative border. This bookplate is in the tune book for which it was made.  (PA GER Borneman 25)

This is the earliest known instance of Eyer using birds on a tune book, and is also one of the earliest hard covered books with a leather spine.  The bookplate is glued to the inside cover.  The tunes are numbered to 115, though the booklet is only 1/8 full. 

Associated Names: Fretz, Maria
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


"Johann Adam Eyer" in Cory M. Amsler, ed., Bucks County Fraktur (Kutztown, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1999), pp. 256-261.

"Johann Adam Eyer"  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. 256-260.

John Joseph Stoudt, Early Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts (New York: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1964); published on p. 338.

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. 139.

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

Image Dimensions Width: 9.8 cm
ShelfMark: FLP B-16
Creator Name: [Johann Adam Eyer (1755-1837)] - Decorator
[Johann Adam Eyer (1755-1837)] - Scrivener

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