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Bible. Psalms. German. Metrical Versions. Ambrosius Lobwasser. 1750. Neu-vermehrt und vollständiges Gesang-Buch, worinnen sowohl die Psalmen Davids, nach D. Ambrosii Lobwassers Ubersetzung hin und wieder verbessert, als auch 700 ... auch mit dem heydelbergischen Catechismo und erbaulichen Gebätern versehen, etc. Marburg: Zu finden bey Joh. Henrich Stocks ältesten Tochter, 1750. 12mo (15.5 cm; 6"). Frontis., , 214, , 424, , 20 pp. $975.00
An eye-catching and physically pleasing copy of the 1750 printing of the Marburger Gesang-buch with the final section being a printing the text of the Heidelberg catechism, printed in Fraktur (i.e, black letter) as is the rest of the volume. The melodies are sporadically indicated in diamond-shaped notation. => Overall, this is an important text in the liturgies of the Calvinistic and Zwinglian Churches.
Binding: Vellum over light wood boards with bevelled edges; round hollow-back spine with false bands created by tooling in black; endpapers of a stencilled gilt leaf -design on orange "wallpaper;" all edges gilt and gauffered. Covers => elaborately tooled all over in black (not embossed with a plaque as was another style of this type of painted vellum binding), and then => painted in red and black.
Such bindings as this are known in Germany as "Bauern Einbände," or "Peasant Bindings" — but, though betraying a strong influence of folk art, they were certainly not for peasants! The style almost certainly developed in Hungary with early examples first appearing in southern Germany, and it was to gain greatest favor in northern Germany and Holland during the 18th century.
Provenance: Kovel family to at least 1779; front and rear blank pages filled with family birth and death information in German and English for the Kovel and related families, 1729–79. In the 20th century in the collection of Estelle Doheny with her red morocco bookplate.
Binding as above; either lacking free endpapers or they are present as plain paper not matching the pastedowns. => Very good, very engaging. (37281) Please RESHELVE This.
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