Little Key of Heaven: a selection of prayers and devotional exercises [,] with the approval of the most Rev. Archbishop of Milwaukee. Milwaukee: Hoffman Brothers Company, Printers to the Holy Apostolic See: 1893
This book is interesting for several reasons. First of all, the binding is made of a hard, shiny material, which could possibly be some type of bone or enamel, which served both protective and aesthetic purposes. There is an inscription on the recto of the front end sheet which reads: “Remembrance of first holy communion at St. Mary’s Church [,] Carlyle, Ills. April 17.1898” Furthermore, someone went to town with a crayon or pencil on both the front and back end sheets, possibly the recipient of the book. The book contains the dates of church festivals, the mass in both Latin and English, the mass for the dead, information on saints as well as daily prayers. Working with rare books, I often encounter books of hours and other personal devotion books from the middle ages. These books are important personal artifacts from a time hundreds of years in the past; information in them can give clues about who owned the book, where they lived, and what life was like in that place and time. Seeing this one from the end of the 19th century reminded me that the tradition of personal devotional texts has carried on, and is not only relegated to the middle ages. Just another way that studying books helps link us to the past, and clarifies our moment in the present :)
Little Key of Heaven: a selection of prayers and devotional exercises [,] with the approval of the most Rev. Archbishop of Milwaukee. Milwaukee: Hoffman Brothers Company, Printers to the Holy Apostolic See: 1893. Charlotte Smith Miniatures Collection, Uncatalogued.
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