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This contemporary Baroque brass repoussé, chased, and engraved binding surrounds the third edition of Goebel and Weinmann's Altdorf prayer and song book (with some sermons), which was preceded by editions in 1663 and 1666. The songs are without the music. The double-page added engraved title-page and the twelve plates are unsigned but exquisitely accomplished. => The text appears not to be held in any U.S. library.
Binding: Elaborately embellished hinged brass panels compose the spine and both covers; all three are deeply bordered with scrolling foliage within double rules. The central ornamentation of the front cover is composed of a Baldachino-like canopy above an applied repoussé figure on a pedestal representing Faith with her cross and chalice; the rear cover is composed of the same border, pedestal, and canopy framing Charity with her children. The spine panel offers a filigree appliqué at bottom and a cherub as its central ornament; two wide clasps at the fore-edge also incorporate cherubs; and additional small decorative panels affixed at the spine ends protect and embellish the hinges top and bottom. All edges are gilt and gauffered.
Provenance: Ex–John Howell Collection of the Pacific School of Religion.
VD17 23:669552D. Bound as above, the whole very solid and strong. Spine with small nails or brads visible to help secure text block, and almost certainly with a second filigree appliqué lost; covers with small piercings that may have to do with binding security or may be evidence of once-attached elements now lost although the design as-is does not seem "incomplete." Later endpapers over original ones, one old endpaper with old inked jottings; bookseller's label of John Howell, no library markings. One section of textblock slightly extruded. => A wonderful example of a Baroque-era, highly decorative metal binding. (Inventory #: 36073)