Imagine our world when there was no radio, television, internet, and only dim lighting at night. One form of entertainment was the everlasting invention of the picture book. The value of these books was the colorful images and authoritative text not always so easily or readily available. Our ancestors valued these books so much they passed them down to each generation. Unfortunately not everyone receiving these precious gifts appreciated them.
I recently acquired an antique German picture book presenting the story of the nativity. The cover was dirty and moldy from not being stored properly. Being the curious curator of the dumpster that I am, I brought it home in hopes to improve its appearance and extend its purpose of production.
The name of the book is:
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (A rose has sprung up)
Ein biblisches Bilderbuch (A bible Picture book)
Neues Testament (New Testament)
Publisher: Kunstdruck & Verlag Von Ernst Kaufmann
The date of the book is not indicated but this publisher appears to have been in business during the early 20th century. The art work on the front cover with vines and flowers is characteristic of the Arts and Crafts period 1880 – 1910 so my guess is this book was produced somewhere during that time.
Here are photos before and after my restoration efforts.