Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for David Kolb


Item Info

Item No: frkb01058
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for David Kolb
Creation Date: 5/8/1783
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Dieses \ schöne Gesang=buch \ gehöret \ David \ Kolb \ An der Tieff=Ronn Gesch \ d. 8ten May A: D: 1783
Zu Singen \ Hab ich im Sinn.


This beautiful hymnal belongs to David Kolb at the Deep Run. Written the 8th of May A.D. 1783. To sing is on my mind.

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

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur and German script is in the center of the document. Above it are hearts with flowers, including tulips. In the lower corners are hearts. The entire item is framed by a border decorated with spirals. This bookplate is in the hymnal Geistreiches Gesang=Buch (Halle, Germany: In Verlegung des Waysenhauses, 1758).  (PA GER Halle 1758 G279).

This bookplate was made by the schoolmaster Johann Adam Eyer for David Kolb (Kulp), who would later become a schoolmaster and fraktur artist himself.  David Kulp was born in June 1777, so he was not yet seven years old when he received this bookplate.

Associated Names: Kulp, David

"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.

Newsletter of the Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania (January 1995): published on p. 5.

Newsletter of the Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania (January 1996): published on p. 4.

Frederick S. Weiser, “IAE SD, the Story of Johann Adam Eyer (1755-1837),” in Ebbes fer Alle-Ebber, Ebbes fer Dich (Breinigsville, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1980), pp. 437-506; published as fig. 20.

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; published as fig. 98.

Lisa Minardi, "Quill & Brush: An Introduction to Pennsylvania German Fraktur," in Framing Fraktur: Pennsylvania German Material Culture & Contemporary Art, ed. Judith Tannenbaum (Philadelphia: Free Library of Philadelphia, 2015), published on p. 41 as fig. 28. 

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

Image Dimensions Width: 14.8 cm
ShelfMark: FLP B-1058
Creator Name: [Johann Adam Eyer (1755-1837)] - Decorator
[Johann Adam Eyer (1755-1837)] - Scrivener

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