An Illustrated Prayerbook for Bohemian Women

Tupy, Eugene (aka Jablonsky, Boleslav). Ruze Sionská. Katolická Modlitebnj Kniha pro wzdelané panj a panny...

Prague, Wilema Stasneho, 1845.

8vo. 258 pp including chromolithographed title-page finished in gilt and handcolor, (6), (1 integral blank). With lithographed frontispiece and 3 further plates with pink tissue guards. Original gilt-stamped and blind-embossed black cloth with bronze crucifix on front cover; silver (?) clasp intact. Binding a little rubbed; very light staining to blank margins of plates, otherwise a very neat and charming copy.


Extremely rare first edition of this charming Czech prayerbook, ‘The Rose of Sion. Catholic Prayerbook for Women and Daughters’, with a chromolithographed title-page and 4 further plates.

The author was a Bohemian monk, Boleslav Jablonksy (1813-1881), mainly known for his collections of secular poetry. Here, we find a number of Czech hymns (pp. 183-242), perhaps including some of Jablonksy’s own composition, alongside specific prayers to be used by women in times of sickness, death, marriage, childbirth, wealth, and so on.

OCLC records just a handful of copies of any edition of this prayerbook in libraries worldwide, and the earliest recorded is the second edition of 1852.

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