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Object Name TUNEBOOK, MANUSCRIPT
Catalog Number 2015.02.29
Accession number 2015.02.01-
Artist Kolb, Andreas, 1749-1811 (attributed to)
Place of Origin Upper Saucon Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Date 1798
Material Laid paper, ink, watercolor
Dimensions H-3.625 W-6.5 inches
Height (ft) 0.302
Height (in) 3.625
Width (ft) 0.542
Width (in) 6.5
Description Manuscript Notenbüchlein (tune booklet) with blue paperboard covers. Contains bookplate: "Noten Buchlein \ Uber die bekanteste Lie- \ der gehöret \ Anna Geissinger \ Upper Saucon \ Township Northam- \ ton County \ Dated februa. \ den 22ten \ 1798 [Tune booklet for the best known songs. Belongs to Anna Geissinger, Upper Saucon Township, Northampton County. Dated the 22nd of February 1798]". The ownership inscription is in a mix of fraktur lettering, English and German script, with the name in large red fraktur. The text is inside a large central medallion colored red, blue and yellow, with symmetrical flowers growing out of it, colored the same. The motto: "Lerne Wie Du knast allein \ Singer Buch und Tempel Seyn [Learn how you alone can be singer, book and temple.] is in fraktur lettering highlighted with yellow (now brown) squiggles and red dashes, arranged semi-circularly on either side of the center medallion. A border surrounds bottom and sides, differently patterned on bottom. The next page features semitones, intervals, thirds and fifths noted on scores, along with two probationis tunes [practice tunes, in this case incorrectly labeled "Probortion"]: "Jesulein, Bleibe mein..." and "Ach mein hertzliebes Jesulein...". This page is decorated with a calligraphic flourish. The book contains 101 tunes, unnumbered, generally four to a page, with the first line of a hymn written above each in German script. On the first page, the first few words of each title are in black fraktur lettering. The musical notation on the first page is red; also everything on the last page is in red (this is the hymn "Preceptor bin ich genant..."). The first 80 tunes are in alphabetical order (A-Z). No harmony parts are included.
Condition Good
Condition date 2015-05-08
Condition Notes Slight staining.
Provenance Made for Anna Geissinger (Clemmer) (1787-1872), daughter of John & Anna (Landis) Geissinger of Upper Saucon Township, Northampton County. In adulthood she married George Clemmer (1786-1864) and they moved to Hereford Township, Berks County.

The SLHC also holds Anna's copy of the Zions Harfe hymnbook, containing an 1804 bookplate by Andreas Kolb and a script family register listing the children of Anna & George Clemmer (item #2015.06.04).
People Kolb, Andreas, 1749-1811
Clemmer, Anna Geissinger, 1787-1872
Related Publications Hershey, Mary Jane Lederach. "Andreas Kolb (1749-1811), Mennonite Schoolmaster and Fraktur Artist." Mennonite Quarterly Review LXI (April 1987), plate VII.
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Notes on Related Objects Bookplates for Anna Geissinger by Andreas Kolb