Vienna: Jacob Wallner Verlag, c.1867. 6th Edition. 12mo, later full morocco, spine gilt and ornamentally blindstamped; each board with raised, partially blind-stamped ornamental centerpiece, four star-shaped metal corner pieces, and 18 metal studs; upper board with blue velvet lozenge to center, with metal border and mounted carved cameo head of Jesus (ivory or celluloid); board edges gilt-ruled; metal clasp; all edges gilt; coated textured endpapers; printed in Gothic black letter. Housed in a worn custom paperboard box.
19th-century Viennese Catholic prayerbook, illustrated with four engraved plates, as follows: frontispiece of the Good Shepherd Jesus (caption from John 10:27), title-page vignette of Jesus with Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus (caption from Luke 10:41), St. Benedict making the sign of the cross over the poisoned chalice (caption from a devotional verse by poet Wilhelm Michael Nebel), and the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin (caption from Luke 1:38). Terklau, who compiled the prayerbook, was a cooperator at the parish church of St. Johann Nepomuk in Vienna (originally consecrated in 1782). Stated sixth edition on the title-page. Text in German. Light rubbing to joints; light scattered foxing. Gift inscription dated 1867 to verso of front free endpaper; several dried flowers laid in. Near fine, and unusual with carved cameo of Jesus. Item #173