[Germany, Bayern] - Austria: Köln am Rhein, [1737-1739]. [First Edition]. Full Calf. The first title: "The Fountain of Mercy with 12 pipes (Springs)" printed in low German, Fraktur. S. Maria Mater Dei. illustration. One of the little German folk Catholic prayer books with local folklore implications and prayers for healing from the vision of divinity (St. Mary) and a discovery of a miraculous healing fountain springs.
Bound with: "Die Sieben Schlosser worin sich eine Seele sicherlich verschließen kann" Unrecorded 18th-century German devotional booklet containing “seven lock-prayers” with which readers facing imminent death might safely secure their souls from the devil’s grasp. These prayers, known from at least the late 17th century, were anthologized more than once, and in 1824 were banned in Bayern as unorthodox. The small booklet was designed to be kept on one’s person (in a purse, in a pocket, etc.) so that it would be at hand when at last the time came for it to be used. The naïve woodcut on the title page of this rather indifferently printed work depicts seven schematic locks. The seven prayers, written in the first person, have readers who are on their deathbeds ‘locking up’ their poor souls in (1) the Holy Trinity, (2) in Christ’s humanity, (3) in Christ’s life, suffering & death, (4) in Christ’s heart & five wounds, (5) in the Holy Cross sprinkled with His precious blood, (6) in the holy sacraments & consecration of priests, and (7) in the Virgin Mary & in All Saints. “Seal these 7 locks—lest an enemy open them—with 7 ‘Our Fathers’ and 7 ‘Hail Marys,’ and also with the following prayers,” which are titled “A lovely prayer on the Wounds of the Heart of Jesus” and a “Closing prayer.” The first of these additional prayers has readers unite their hearts with the wounded Heart of Jesus, which is like a cave in which a soul may shelter like a dove. The second prayer sees readers washing their souls with the sweat and blood of Christ which he shed during his Passion. Very Good. Moderate wear to extremities, bumped corners, evidence of dampstaining, discoloration, otherwise in very good condition. Cut stubs. Pebbled calf over boards, stab, small 16mo., 16pp + 4 unnumbered pp. + wc illus, ornamentation. Item #10996