God Bless This House: The Printed House Blessings (Haus-Segen) of the Pennsylvania Germans 1780-1921 

By Russell D. Earnest, Corinne P. Earnest, and Patricia Earnest Suter


For the first time, 79 editions of 18th through 20th century printed house blessings are shown in full color. These blessings are often classified as “fraktur” because many were illuminated by Pennsylvania German fraktur artists such as Peter Bernhart, the Early Ephrata Artist, Arnold Hoevelmann, Francis D. Levan, Conrad and Henrich Otto, and Friederich Speyer, among others.


God Bless This House presents printed blessings from colonial-era press of Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to those printed in the Midwest in the first decades of the 20th century. Many examples are rare, with only a single surviving copy known. Chapters include a brief history of house blessings and an illustrated checklist of 78 editions.


Softcover, 128 pages. Everyname index. 

God Bless This House - Earnest, Earnest, Earnest Suter


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