Item #4308 Catholisches Namenbüchlein, darinnen begriffen, das Vater Unser, Englische Gruss, Glauben und zehen Gebote. PRIMER.
Catholisches Namenbüchlein, darinnen begriffen, das Vater Unser, Englische Gruss, Glauben und zehen Gebote.
Catholisches Namenbüchlein, darinnen begriffen, das Vater Unser, Englische Gruss, Glauben und zehen Gebote.
Catholisches Namenbüchlein, darinnen begriffen, das Vater Unser, Englische Gruss, Glauben und zehen Gebote.
Alsatian ABC

Catholisches Namenbüchlein, darinnen begriffen, das Vater Unser, Englische Gruss, Glauben und zehen Gebote. Colmar: Johann Heinrich Decker, [between 1815 and 1826].

8vo (154 x 98 mm). [16] pages. Gothic types. Title printed in red and black, including color-printed woodcut of a (co-ed) classroom on title, woodcut head-piece above ABC on verso. Printed on extra-thick grayish ?laid paper. Minor soiling, a corner of title creased. Stab-stitched into blue decorative paper over thin flexible pasteboards, covers creased and rubbed, spine torn. Inscription of a pupil on front pastedown.***

An unrecorded school primer printed in Colmar, containing an ABC, a syllabary or list of vocabulary (including proper nouns), the basics of Catholicism, including the “English greeting” (a salutation and short prayer to Mary) and various prayers, and a multiplication table. The thick paper, intended for handling by children, seems to have been produced by two layers couché or pressed together.

The Decker dynasty of printer-booksellers was active in Basel, Colmar and Berlin for nearly 200 years, and, given the archaic appearance of the pamphlet, it could have been printed at almost any time during their activity. But in fact our printer Johann Heinrich Decker (1766-1826) was the fourth to bear that name. He began printing in Colmar in 1792, with his father Johann Heinrich III, directing the publication of Colmar and Upper Rhine periodicals. He and his father were both active in politics and were members of the Jacobin club. No. IV took over the firm after his father’s death in 1814, and in early 1815 he became royal printer, a title that he uses in this imprint, providing a terminus post quem.

I locate no other copies of this Colmar children’s book. Not in Teistler, Fibel-Findbuch: deutschsprachige Fibeln von den Anfängen bis 1944: eine Bibliographie (2003), which lists 2 other editions under this title, one printed in Strasbourg in 1810, the other, undated, from Saargemünd. Another primer, with a similar title, title cut, and contents, was published in Mülhausen (Mulhouse) in 1816.
Item #4308

Price: $950.00