An ornate, hand-drawn bookplate, with birds, tulips, and gothic text in German.
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"Fraktur" are decorated manuscripts or documents of early Pennsylvania-Germans and other German-American immigrants. Although rooted in medieval European manuscript art, American fraktur differed in that they were personal family records rather than legal documents or texts. They were created for many reasons: as teaching tools, to document births and baptisms, or to show ownership, as exemplified by this 1785 bookplate.