Title: Ein sehr kraftiges Gebett buch. Worin die schonste Morgens- und Abend Mess- und Vesper: beicht- und Communion-Gebetten Zu der allerheiligsten dreyfaltigkeit: Zu Christo….: Zu der Mutter gottes und den heiligen: In gemeinen und besonderen Nothen: Fur lebendige und abgestorbene: samt vielen Litaneyen schopfen kann: Mit beygesetzter, 1791. Possible Arsenic-Laced Pigments
Author: Johannes Reiss
Publisher: Franciscan monastery in Kreuzberg?
An 18th century hand-painted prayer manuscript roughly translated as: A Very Powerful Prayer Book. With the most beautiful morning and evening mass and vespers, confession and communion prayers to the most holy trinity, and To Christ…., and To the Mother of God and the holy ones. In common and special needs, for the living and dead, with many litanies.
This manuscript is written throughout in an elegant flowing script, with hues of red, green, and gold used throughout, and bordered with green pigments. 11 copperplate engravings have been glued in from another work.
This manuscript appears to use emerald green pigments, and given the late 18th century provenance, it’s highly likely that the pigmentation is arsenic laced. Thought not confirmed, it is highly advised to wash your hands after handling this manuscript or use gloves if necessary.
Of the author Reiss, it is probable that he was a monk for the Franciscan monastery in Kreuzberg owing to their stamp in the book, but it could have also been any other person by that name as well.
One manuscript in 12mo, (4)+230+(16) pages
On note of condition, this manuscript is in fair shape, with heavy rubbing and wear to the binding, with the rear board having been previously damaged and repaired, and the spine being repaired as well. The green pigments to the borders have eaten through the paper on many pages, causing them to flap or tear, though luckily not obscuring text. The emerald green pigmentation to the title page has faded partially as well as on other pages, making some of the text illegible. There is worming that develops to the gutters of the last 8 non numbered leaves and outward. The last two leaves are detached and heavily stained, with worming and tears. There is foxing and staining throughout.