The monumental third edition of Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners is now available. This is the culmination of 45 years of study by Corinne P. Earnest, the “Queen of Fraktur.”
This edition consists of four hardcover volumes totaling over 1,500 pages, discussing and illustrating in color the work of 579 fraktur artists and scriveners. Included is a discussion of the life history of each frakurist (if known) and characteristics of their art and lettering. New to this edition is a summary number of fraktur attributed to each frakturist. Because of the huge size of the data base, only up to ten examples are listed for each artist or scrivener with priority given to examples illustrated in readily available sources.
Also included is a listing of over 1,250 minor or potential artists and scriveners as gleaned by the authors from fraktur collections, the literature, the internet, auction catalogs and antiques shows. As demonstrated by the first two editions of Papers for Birth Dayes, many of those listed about whom little is currently known will, as the data base expands, be found to be major frakturists.
The bibliography supplements those of Donald Shelley and Wendy Leeds, and the first two editions of Papers for Birth Dayes.
To order the third edition of Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners, complete the order form below and send with your check or money order for $299.00 to Russell D. Earnest, P.O. Box 1132, Clayton, DE 19938. No sales tax. S/h to USA only. Credit cards accepted only through www.rdearnestassociates.com. S/H free for orders made via website.
Thank you to Lita Solis-Cohen for her review of Papers For Birth Dayes III
in the August 2020 issue of Maine Antique Digest.