Fraktur: "Dieses Buchlein Verfertiget vor / Elisabeth Boorschin und hat Gekostet...", Bookplate
Gouache and brown ink on beige paper
Overall: 5 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. ( 14.6 x 8.3 cm )
Inscribed in German at center: "Dieses Büchlein / Verfertiget vor / Elisabeth / Boorschin / und hat Gekostet / 7 Schilling und 6 bens. / Geschrieben den 16ten / Maÿ Im Jahr Anno / 1793."
Bookplate in Fraktur style: names the book's purchaser, its price, and records her purchase of additional writing supplies. Vertical rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription inside border consisting of closely spaced ruled lines, alternating red and black; decorated with a bird in lower left corner, and stylized flowers in top and lower right corners.
The Pennsylvania Germans practiced a manuscript art called Frakturschrift or Zierschrift in German ("fraktur" in museum and collecting terminology). This art form, combining calligraphy with decorative motifs in ink and watercolor, was produced widely in Pennsylvania and in German settlements in other states from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century.
Elie Nadelman, Museum of Folk Arts, Riverdale-on-Hudson, Bronx, New York
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