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  M & S Library Number: 23668

    PETERS, G.S. (Printer). Geburts und Tauf Schein. [Caption title]. Folio colored broadside, illustrated & with text in German. Harrisburg, Pa: G.S. Peters, [ca. 1826]. Woodcuts with letterpress, filled in in ink. Some soiling, right edge frayed, with two small pieces missing affecting border; small hole in holographic text, affecting two or three words, and another small tear. $1,250.00


    Printed in red, yellow & black, a famous and iconic taufschein, printed by Peters, with images of angels, birds and flowers. According to Don Yoder, Peters was "Undoubtedly the most significant printer of ephemera for the Pennsylvania Germans..." More importantly, Peters was the first color printer in America.

    When Peters died he shop had a stock of 1320 taufscheins in German, and another 684 in English. Evidently this is not one of these, as it is filled in in ink in German, with dates of 1825 (November).

    According to Edward L. Rosenberry, "G.S. Peters and his Joseph's Book of Many Colors," [in] Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society (1988): "The Moser and Peters' ABC of 1825 marks the beginning of a new era in printing history. Before it and for decades following, publishers colored their illustrations by hand. Additional color printed editions of the ABC appeared in 1826 at Carlisle and 1828 at Harrisburg. Subsequent issues uused only black print with no color. About the time the ABC first appeared, Moser and Peters began to issue a color printed taufschein. Imprinted copies from 1825 exhibit a simple three color process of red, yellow, and blue....For no obvious reason other than the reduced labor investment Moser and Peters went to a more basic two color taufschein in 1826, eliminating the blue."

    The taufschein we offer suggests the printing of the two color taufschein in late1825, and must be one of the earliest two color taufscheins printed..


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