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Ephrata imported from Germany one of the earliest printing presses in the colonies, now in the collection of Juniata College in Pennsylvania, the press is still functional.  Ephrata also began America’s love affair with fraktur, where calligraphy meets illustrative art.

The Intelligencers and the Fifth Moon of Jupiter: Alchemy in the American Colonies

American fraktur began at this other-worldly monastic settlement in Lancaster County. Fraktur, in the form of wall charts and decorated hymnals, was being made in the scriptorium as early as the Yet, the typical style of Ephrata stayed at Ephrata.

Birth and Baptismal Certificate. : Lot 598

Birth and Baptismal Certificate. - and Hand Illuminated Birth and Baptismal Certificate. By Frederick Sanno, Carlisle (PA)


Illustrated century Cuckoo Bird Poem: "The cuckoo tells a pleasing taile/ To each resounding grove/ And every pleasing note she sounds/ Inspires my hart with love" Watercolour and ink on paper

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Willa Cather: Sapphira and the Slave Girl (Vintage Books, December Design: Megan Wilson