Bound with: STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Der Creutzweg Jesu Christi durch Betrachtungen in Versen entworfen ...Verbesserte Auflage. Vienna: Joseph Kurzböck, 1769. 2 volumes in one, 8vo (173 x 108 mm). Sailer: 3 parts,  leaves, 31 engraved plates. Title within floral woodcut border. Extra-illustrated with an engraved frontispiece by Joseph Leudner (1813-1853) after Lucas Schraudolph (1817-1863). Creutzweg:  leaves, engraved frontispiece and 15 plates. All plates with engraved titles and captions, both works with typographic and woodcut head- and tail-pieces. Occasional light foxing, mainly in the first work. Bound together in 19th-century red calf gilt, both covers with floral border and central rosace motif, upper cover stamped with disguised gilt-lettered name ‘*D****ST above the centerpiece, and the date 1803 stamped in gold and 1850 in blind below the centerpiece, spine gold-tooled, block-printed decorative Kattunpapier endpapers, gilt edges (covers slightly bowed, corners scuffed). Loosely inserted devotional engraving of the same period. ***
A pair of Viennese devotional books whose texts are vehicles for the 46 anonymous Baroque engravings. Dramatically outlined on white backgrounds, the figures are shown in theatrically expressive postures. These illustrations brought the Church sermons and prayers of the text to life. The sought-after preacher Sebastian Sailer was best known for his plays in Swabian dialect, some of which were set to music. This collection of prayers for different times of day appeared in numerous editions, in Augsburg and Vienna, where the press of Joseph Kurzböck (active 1755-1792) published several editions with different collations. Most are recorded with 46 plates, and include the second work, containing the Stations of the Cross, as part of the editions.
I locate no other copies of the present edition of the Sailer. The Austrian National Library copy (digitized) of an edition with the same imprint, is in fact a different edition, including the Stations of the Cross and with different engravings, reverse images of those in this edition, and without captions. A copy of this edition of the Creutzweg is in Göttingen (VD18 90454170). Item #2943