Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for David Angene


Item Info

Item No: frkb00018
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for David Angene
Creation Date: 5/15/1821
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 853
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink

Lerne wie du kanst Allein \ Singer Buch und Tembel seyn
Dieses \ Harmonische Melodeyen Büchlein \ gehöret \ David Angene
Sing schüler in der Hilltauner \ Schule Geschrieben d 15 ten May \ Im Jahr unsers Herrn AD 1821


Learn how you alone can be singer, book and temple.
This little harmonious melody book belongs to David Angene, singing student in the Hilltown School. Written on the 15th of May in the year of our Lord A. D. 1821.

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

N.B. See also FLP Borneman Ms. 47.


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 leafy flower and a border that is decorated with leaves. The entire document is enclosed by a decorative border. This bookplate is in the tune book for which it was made.  (PA GER Borneman 47)

The bookplate bears a close relationship to works attributed to schoolmaster David Kulp, but the handwriting appears to have some slight differences.  The book has a paper cover and is about 1/2 full of unnumbered tunes. 

The Angene family were French Huguenots who immigrated in 1736 and settled in the Deep Run area of Bucks County, PA; through David Angene's grandmother Elisabeth Wismer and his mother Barbara Gehman, he had a Mennonite connection.  A Bible bookplate and birth record was made for Barbara Angene in 1835; see Amsler, p. 330.  See also FLP B-160 for a Bible bookplate/birth record made for Samuel Angene in 1830.


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


"Hilltown Artist"  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, p. 394.

Henry S. Borneman, Pennsylvania German Bookplates (Philadelphia: Pennsylvania German Society, 1953), published as plate 23.

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. 137.

Creation Place Town/Township: Region/County:Bucks
City/Town/Township:Hilltown School, Hilltown Township
Creation Place Note:Based on inscription on document

Image Dimensions Width: 9.4 cm
ShelfMark: FLP B-18
Creator Name: Anonymous - Decorator
Anonymous - Scrivener


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