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Usteri, Johann Martin, 1763–1827
The Lord's prayer of an Unterwaldener / invented by John Martin Usteri at Zurich ; & engraved by Marquard Wocher at Basil.
London : Published by W. Earle, at his original French and English library, Albemarle Street, Piccadilly, 1805.
Physical Description:
[1], 7 leaves : illustrations ; 27 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
BV233 .U88 1805+ Copy 1 Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund

Rare Books and Manuscripts
BV233 .U88 1805+ Copy 2 Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Apparently issued with an engraved title page (with letterpress imprint) and a title page entirely printed in letterpress (with varying wording in the statement of responsibility). The latter may have been the front wrapper, as issued.
Issued on paper of varying colors, including orange and green.
BAC: British Art Center copy 1 bound in contemporary calf. Includes letterpress and engraved title pages. On orange paper. Armorial bookplate: James Hansard.
BAC: British Art Center copy 2 lacks letterpress title page. On green paper.
An anti-revolutionary tract, with passages from the Lord's Prayer juxtaposed against Usteri's narrative of a Swiss mountaineer forced to flee his cottage by "treacherous hands." His son is murdered, he wanders the countryside with his grandson, and prays "in the ruins of the chapel at Stantz-stad, lost in thoughts of a transition to yon better life."
The story is conveyed on seven leaves (rectos only). For each, letterpress and a double border are printed directly on the leaf -- the letterpress at the foot of each. The etched illustrations (with stippling) have been printed separately and then affixed to the blank area of each leaf above the letterpress.
Subject Terms:
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799.
Hansard, James -- Bookplate.
Lord's prayer -- Illustrations.
Nidwalden (Switzerland) -- Pictorial works.
Switzerland -- History.
Etchings -- 1805.
Stipple engravings.
Armorial bookplates (Provenance)
Wocher, Marquard, 1760-1830, engraver.
Earle, William, active 1799-1816, publisher.

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