About 30 years ago I purchased a carton of books at an auction. The
book I wanted was in a lot and I had to take all of it. The lot
consisted mostly of sailing books and a number of religious books all
dating from about the mid- to late- 1800s including a bible from 1795.
Along with the bible I came across an odd little handmade and
hand-lettered book. It?s about 3 inches by 3.5 inches. It?s front
and back covers are made of wood, smoothed by wear as though someone
carried it in a back pocket and referred to it daily, like a
devotional, and it has the patina of decades of use. The pages, about
40 and bound with thin fibers of string, are parchment and are as
thick as postcard stock. One page has a small clip in it and has been
repaired with surgical-like stitching as though sewing up an incision.
The illustrations are vibrant and colorful and depict angels and demons.
There is no name, no date, no publisher, no location, no copyright, no
information at all and I don?t even remember the place of the auction.
I?ve posted a couple of pictures of the first two pages, a middle page
that seems to have been altered and annotated , and a back page which
might be St. Francis Assisi at:
Can anyone identify the alphabet? Can anyone identify the language?