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Written for fifteenth-century nuns in a Bavarian dialect, this tiny manuscript contains two miniatures that introduce lengthy prayers to saints, including some local to Bavaria. The tools used to decorate the binding likewise indicate localization…
Personalized devotional manuscript for an unidentified Catholic woman. It includes the morning prayer to the Trinity, a series of prayers for Mass, Confession, and Communion, and devotions to the Trinity, the Virgin Mary and other popular saints,…
The title of this German prayer manuscript, intended for the Catholic laity, translates loosely as "the spiritual alarm clock." The book contains prayers accompanied by illuminations.
This calligraphic prayer book written in German script was compiled for a Catholic family's private use. Neither the identity of its maker nor its place of origin has been identified. Although the design of the manuscript echoes printed books of the…
Intended for young readers, this rhyming German lithographic broadside narrates the story of Christ's Passion by means of a rebus, combining printed text and sixty-three hand colored images that stand in for particular words.
Engraved devotional tryptich on paper depicting the Virgin and Child; both figures enshrined at center, depicted as hovering over ill or injured person to left and right. The single sheet of paper was cut and folded to form a small envelope that…
Miniature manuscript "library" of pious thoughts; each with a German keyword written on a small card, all housed alphabetically in six slipcase "volumes" with gilt red morocco spines (A-D; E-H; I-M; N-Q; R-U; V-Z) within a book-shaped box (9.5 cm).
Written in German for an unidentified Catholic woman in 1774, this illuminated prayer book begins with a morning prayer to the Trinity. This is followed by a series of prayers for Mass, Confession, and Communion, and devotions to the Trinity, the…
The title of this German prayer manuscript, intended for the Catholic laity, translates loosely as "the spiritual alarm clock." There are prayers accompanied by illuminations.
Produced for the Diocese of Augsburg, this farmers almanac for the year 1783 provided scientific, religious, and zodiacal information for use in rural daily life. This broadside calendar features symbols for moon cycles, woodcuts with activities for…
A Lutheran liturgical book printed by Katharina Gerlach which contains two titles (in translation): "Christian Admonition, to Worship every Sunday before the Sermon and Communion" and "Collects, and Hymns for Baptisms and Weddings."
Hand copied hymns by a Pietist. Standard Lutheran hymn texts and hymns writted by mulitple Pietists.
This late sixteenth-century anti-Protestant broadside includes a large hand-colored woodcut depicting the Catholic Church under attack by seven historical figures and one allegorical representative of the Reformation.
The first and only edition of this Lutheran catechism for young students presents biblical texts in a combination of words and images, a puzzle to be solved and holy text to be read, understood, and memorized.
This anti-Protestant broadside includes a large hand-colored woodcut depicting the Catholic Church under attack by seven historical figures and one allegorical representative of the Reformation.
Collection of sermons by Zinzendorf preached in the ducal court at Dresden in 1725 and 1726.
First illustrated Bible in the history of European typography and first Bible with woodcuts.
Second printing of Zainer's Bible using the same illustrations from his edition printed around 1474.
This late seventeenth-century children's pictorial New Testament consists of 102 leaves of text and 102 copperplate engravings
Entirely engraved edition of the Bible. Four pictures to a page, on one side of the page only. Latin and German biblical descriptions to each picture.
Eighteenth-century Eucharistic treatise with an illustration of the Mass ceremony in progress, showing a simpler form of cartagloria on the altar in front of the priest.
Christian devotional literature emphasizing ethical living and the nurturing of Christ-like inner spirituality.
In this fourth German edition a woodcut of Christ carrying the Cross on the road to Calvary is the frontispiece, a popular theme for illustrations in Imitatio Christi. In this particular woodcut, Christ looks directly at the reader.
First edition of the Imitatio Christi in German and the first printing of the text in any vernacular language.
Spener's work, first published in 1675, presented a six-point plan for renewing Christianity and provided the movement its name.