Canisius's Catechism, for the Youngest Children in German-speaking Switzerland

Petrus Canisius (1521–1597).
Kleiner Katechismus in Fragen und Antworten für Kinder.
Zug, [Switzerland]: Johann Michael Aloys Blunschi, 1792. (BRB0908)

Documenting the long-term popularity of Canisius’s Catholic catechism for beginning readers, first published in 1558, this version is a 1792 illustrated German-language edition. Under the woodcut image of a skull and crossbones is the question (in translation): “Which are the four last things of mankind?” These four final items are identified as death, judgment, hell, and the kingdom of heaven. In addition to the catechism, the little volume includes the Articles of Faith, the Ten Commandments, the works of charity, various prayers, and moral advice for children.

Canisius's Catechism for the Youngest Readers