Manuscript on paper, 8vo (173 x 112 mm). , 195 (recte 194) pages, plus nine leaves with mounted devotional engravings by Klauber (or the Klaubers), I. A. Pfeffel, and Ignatius Verhelst. First leaf recto with calligrams composing the author’s initials, verso with calligraphic drawings, leaf 2 with title and IHS monogram at foot, verso blank. Double page rules throughout. The first part, pp. 1-164, written in red & black ink, in a large amateurish but highly readable cursive, 14-18 lines, with ornamented initials and tailpieces; a later section, starting on p. 164, is in a second hand, in Kurrentschrift, in brown ink, signed and dated at the end by Johann Münich, 1 June 1776 from Prague. First few leaves soiled, occasional smudging, tear to corner of plate facing p.103. Contemporary gold-tooled goatskin (?), sides with dentelle foliate and floral border, spine in six gold-tooled compartments, reddish purple pastepaper endleaves, gilt edges (slight fading to spine, minor wear to extremities, a few small dents to lower cover). Provenance: catalogue slip mounted on front cover from the Munich auction house Karl & Faber, sale no. 119 (10-12 November 1969), lot 13.***
The uses of print: a manuscript devotional vade-mecum, illustrated with devotional emblematic engravings by the brothers Klauber, whose important Augsburg publishing house was one of the most important South German sources for the dissemination of Catholic devotional prints.
The manuscript, entirely in German, contains prayers and guidelines for Mass, Communion, and Confession, the latter including 5 pages of examples of sins; the Litany of the names of Jesus, prayers to the Virgin, the Litany of Loreto and prayers to various saints and for various feast days. A special 14-page section at the end of the earlier section contains “various beautiful prayers” to St. John Nepomuk, patron saint of Bohemia.
Two calligrams of pious thoughts, forming the author’s initials, L.G., open the manuscript, on the verso of the same leaf is a calligraphic drawing of a pair of angels holding a shield containing Gottl’s name and the date 1771; at top a banner held by the holy dove reads O.A.M.D.G. (Omnia ad maiorem Dei gloriam). Item #4051