Harrisburg, Pa. Gedruckt und zu haben bey Gustav S. Peters, 1832. A later edition. 12mo, original black sheep spine, decorated paper boards, 58 pages. Illus. Foot of the spine chipped, board edges rubbed and somewhat soiled; some toning and foxing; a very good copy. Item #19010
One of the great visual works of Protestant religious persuasion, derived from an 1812 German adaptation of an earlier emblem book, and which appeared in a number of American editions; the bold allegorical woodcut images have a visual punch worthy of latter-day tattoo flash. See David Morgan, A Forge of Vision: A Visual History of Modern Christianity (University of California Press, 2015), 63: “Gossner traces backsliding, the return of Satan to the soul, and the psychomachia that culminate in the death of the godless man whose soul is awaited by fiery demons, in contrast to the scene of the pious man, whose infant soul is welcomed by God to heaven.” This edition not noted in American Imprints.