German calligraphic ‘Jugendbuch,’ a prayer book manuscript aimed at youth, with a suite of 51 plates by Martin Engelbrecht, Title page inscribed "Aus Diesen Privilegirten Buchren Geschriebenes Gebett und Jugendbuch." and directed under the most Holy Trinity to all pour souls. The manuscript is signed by Joh[ann]. Mich[ael].

ENGELBRECHT, Martin, engr. (1674-1756)

Published by Munck [of Augsburg], 1731
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Title: German calligraphic ‘Jugendbuch,’ a prayer ...

Publisher: Munck [of Augsburg]

Publication Date: 1731

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good


4to (205 x 160mm). 530 pp. plus index, written in a serviceable Fraktur hand, decorated with 51 clipped and inserted engravings by Martin Engelbrecht, all with Latin captions (plates circa 1700?). Text are guided prayers and a section for the Divine Office. 18th-century straight-grained morocco, gilt-edges; (lightly rubbed, some occasional spots, otherwise an excellent artifact combining print and manuscript format, with attractive calligraphic moments). The front and rear endpapers comprise a nearly full sheet of a "Dutch Gilt" Buntpapier paper of a chinoisierie. Rare and unexpected addition, very fine indeed. German calligraphic ‘Jugendbuch,’ a prayer book manuscript aimed at youth, with a suite of 51 plates by Martin Engelbrecht, the whole a rich exposition of religious orthodoxy during the German Enlightenment period. Subjects of the fine engravings follow standard Christological iconography, although the order of the scenes has not been determined: Christ’s Baptism, Mary Magdalene in Cave at Saint-Baume, the Holy Family, Christ’s Betrayal and Arrest, Christ’s Resurrection, Archangel Michael, Christ’s Nativity, St. Peter de Alcantara, St. John the Evangelist, the Trinity, the Virgin Mary, St. John Nepomucene, Death of St. Joseph, Christ bearing Cross, Christ before Caiaphas, St. Francis Xavier, Christ in Gethsemane, Nativity of the Virgin Mary, King David, Virgin and Child, Christ’s Crucifixion, Christ before Herod, the Penitent Magdalene, the Doubting of Thomas, Vera Icon, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Last Supper, Virgin’s Lamentation, Christ before Pilate, Christ mocked, Pilate washing his hands, Christ’s crowning of thorns, Christ falls under cross, raising of the cross, the Pieta, Vision of the Cross, Christ’s Crucifixion, Christ’s side wound pouring water and blood, Christ laid in Sepulcher, Christ on Cross, Christ surrounded by beasts of Evangelists and angels, Marriage of Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, Annunciation to the Virgin, St. Anne teaching young Virgin Mary, the Visitation, Mother of Pity, St. Joseph visited by angel, Christ washing disciple’s feet, Apostle Peter, Christ’s Ascension, and Christ’s Flagellation. The engravings were published by Martin Engelbrecht (c.1684-1756) and his brother Christian who were printsellers and engravers in Augsburg, Germany. Engelbrecht dominated the print trade and is remembered for his portraits of monarchs as well as his intricate landscapes although he is perhaps best known for his miniature theatres and dioramas, which were a huge success during his lifetime. Englebrecht’s Christian iconographical plates are quite rare and unlocated in any other printed work. This suite of plates were issued in separate runs and likely meant to remain in this compiled format. This manuscript book was used to train and enforce younger generations about religious orthodoxy and traditions at a time when religious freedoms were part of the ensuing Enlightenment era in Germany. Bookseller Inventory # LD7070

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