Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Jacob Oberholtzer


Item Info

Item No: frkb00020
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Jacob Oberholtzer
Creation Date: 10/25/1803
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 196
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Wie ein blümlein bald \ vergehet so ist Unser leben sehet.
Dieses \ Harmonische Melodeyen büchlein \ gehöret \ Jacob Oberholzer
Sing Schüler in der Tieff \ ronner Schule geschrie= \ ben d. 25ten October im \ Jahr unsers Herrn \ A D 1803

[along circle]
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 Jacob Oberholzer, singing student in the Deep Run School. Written the 25th of October in the year of our Lord A. D. 1803. 

[along circle]
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. 30.


Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The main text in Fraktur and German script within a circle is in the center of the document. Two lines in Fraktur are written along each side. The circle is flanked on each side by a leafy flower. In the upper and lower centers are two flowers. The entire document is framed by a decorative border. This bookplate is in the tune book for which it was made.  (PA GER Borneman 30)

Attributed to schoolmaster David Kulp, formerly known as the Brown Leaf Artist.  Another tune booklet (See  FLP B-10/ Borneman Ms 31) was made by Kulp for Elisabeth Oberholzer at the Plumstead School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania on November 1, 1803.  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 on page [53] in Borneman Ms 30, No. 22 and in Borneman Ms 31 Hymn Nr. 87.  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, Jacob
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:Deep Run School, Bedminster Township

Image Dimensions Width: 10.1 cm
ShelfMark: FLP B-20
Creator Name: [David Kulp (1777-1834)] - Decorator
[David Kulp (1777-1834)] - Scrivener

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