[Gesang- und Gebeth-Buch]. Geistliches Neu-vermehrtes Altenburgisches Gesang- und Gebeth-Buch, in sich haltend den Kern alter und neuer geistreichen Lieder und Gesänge D. Martin Luthers und anderer christlichen Lehrer und frommer Christen. Nebst einer Vorrede Herrn Carl Andreas Redels [...].

Altenburg, Paul Emanuel Richter, 1744.

8vo. (34), (1) pp., 178, 1388 cols., (208) pp., 128 cols. Title printed in red and black. With engraved frontispiece and 5 engraved portraits. All edges gilt; front pastedown with colourful floral design. Contemporary blindstamped calf over boards.


A well-preserved devotional containing prayers, chants and psalms, also offering an index of authors and songs. Since the foreword by Carl Andreas Redel dates from 1714, it probably derives from the first edition. The portraits depict five men: Matthias Bel, a Lutheran theologian who translated the Bible into Bohemian; three members of the Serpilius family, two of whom were pastors in Sopron and Pozsony and one of whom, Johannes Serpilius, was town judge of Sopron, and finally Johann Christoph Burgstaller, senator in Hungary's Pozsony County. Apart from motives of Christian devotion, the frontispiece shows a small view of the city of Altenburg as well as the city arms and the coat of arms of the Wettin family, who ruled Altenburg in late medieval times.

The book was given as a gift by Joh. Christoph Ziegler to his sister Susanna in 1746, as stated on the upper flyleaf. With separate title-page after the index and the first portrait ("Das Geistliche Altenburg in seinem Bethen [...]. Altenburg, Paul Emanuel Richter, 1744"). 10 additional pp. of handwritten prayers as preliminaries and two pp. of handwritten dialogue between Christ and a redeemed soul on the lower flyleaf.

Variously browned, occasionally brownstained, spine slightly scuffed. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his ownership stamp to flyleaf.

Cf. VD 18, 10432841 (1735 ed.).

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