Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Eleonora Ruth


Item Info

Item No: frkb01039
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Eleonora Ruth
Creation Date: 3/12/1800
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script; Roman script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 837
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Dieses \ Noten Buch gehört \ Eleonora Ruthin \ Fleissiger Sing=Schüler in der Vincenter \ Schule in Chester County \ Geschrieben den 12ten März \ Im Jahr des Herrn \ 1800


This notebook belongs to Eleonora Ruthin, diligent singing student in the Vincent School in Chester County. Written the 12th of March in the year of the Lord 1800.

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

N. B. See also FLP Borneman Ms. 29.


Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur and German script is in the center of the document. In the lower corners are two outward facing birds. In the upper corners are two angels with trumpets and flowers. The entire item is framed by a decorative border. This bookplate is in the tune book for which it was made.  (PA GER Borneman 29)

Johann Friedrich Eyer was the younger brother of Johann Adam Eyer, and like his brother he was a schoolmaster and fraktur artist.  From about 1791 to 1801, he taught in Vincent and Pikeland schools, Chester County.

Associated Names: Ruth, Eleonora
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


"Johann Friedrich 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. 261-262.

Don Yoder, “Fraktur in Mennonite Culture,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 48, no. 3 (July 1974): 305-342; published as fig. 7.

Henry S. Borneman, Pennsylvania German Bookplates (Philadelphia: Pennsylvania German Society, 1953), published as plate 21.

John Joseph Stoudt, Pennsylvania German Folk Art: An Interpretation (Allentown, Pa.: Schlechter’s, 1966); published on p. 198.

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:Based on inscription on document
City/Town/Township:Vincent Township

Image Dimensions Width: 9.6 cm
ShelfMark: FLP B-1039
Creator Name: [Johann Friedrich Eyer (1770-1827)] - Decorator
[Johann Friedrich Eyer (1770-1827)] - Scrivener

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