[Suite of engraved prayer cards]
- Publication date
- [ca. 1780 - July 1789]
- Paris : chez Pasquier
- Digitizing sponsor
- The Arcadia Fund
- The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries
12mo. ff. 51, (2). Bound in contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine, lettered “Figure[s] de Pieté,” gilt edges, marbled endpapers. Engravings on both rectos and versos, Pasquier’s imprint at foot of every recto and on most versos. Plate 19 underinked. A stub following leaf 51, a couple of imprints and several foliation numbers cropped. Contemporary manuscript notes to f. 3, several inscriptions on front flyleaf (one rubbed out and another crossed out in ink); ownership inscriptions on front and rear flyleaves of Jean Louis Madé, student of the Jesuit Petit Séminaire of Agen, dated 27 July 1840.
Seemingly unrecorded collection of small engraved prayer sheets or cards issued by the engraver and publisher J. J. Pasquier (ca. 1718-1785). Each leaf is illustrated with a different devotional engraving and an instructional text or prayer. On most rectos are a title and an illustration, often in medallion format and often with a decorative border, which precede the texts in a variety of scripts. Subjects include prayers to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, to one’s guardian angel, to St. Denis and St. Genevieve, patron saints of France and Paris, the prayer “Pater de la Jardinière,” and prayers for various occasions: before study, before the Sacrament, to ward off lightning, etc.; devotional exercises, including the acts of contrition, of faith and hope; instructions for saying the rosary and for obtaining various types of indulgences, and other brief devotional instructions. A few sheets contain dates in the mid-1780s. The two final unpaged leaves differ from the rest: the penultimate leaf, the only one that is not illustrated, contains a “Prière pour attirer la Bénédiction du Ciel sur l’Assemblée Nationale,” published in the summer of 1789: that body was seated only from June 17 to July 9 1789, after which it was renamed the Assemblée Legislative.
The final leaf has a portrait of the deceased mendicant priest Benoit Joseph Labre (1746-1783); the text is headed “Maximes sur la vie pauvre et cachée.” Although Labre became the object of a quasi-cult in France on the eve of the Revolution, and popular images of him proliferated to such an extent that they were said to have numbered over 150,000, few of them have survived.
The illustrations are designed to appeal through their sheer variety, of shape, subject presentation, and ornamentation. Rather than by Pasquier himself, they may have been produced by various engravers who worked for his shop. Similar in function to traditional prayer cards, but in a slightly larger format, these small agenda-format leaves were apparently usually sold one by one, no doubt by colporteurs, as inexpensive mnemonic devices for private devotion. The few that are preserved tend to be found within the covers of devotional albums or commonplace books, sometimes cut out around the borders, thus eliminating their imprints and inset. Collected prayer card volumes may have been marketed to the Jesuit colleges, which made up a large part of the clientele of Laurent Cars, in whose shop Pasquier had worked.
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