Up the Grand Antiques

 Handcolored Fraktur Printed In Montbeliard By Deckherr C.1800 - Himmel & Holle (Heaven & Hell) / Gott & Teufel (God & Devil)

RegUp the Grand Antiques is located in Grand River Valley, Ontario

This rare, hand-colored, woodcut fraktur was printed as a broadside by the Deckherr Brothers (Théophile and Rodolphe) in Montbéliard, France circa 1800. It is untitled and was printed in the German language for a Protestant market. It depicts the Roman Catholic Church as the Whore of Babylon riding into Hell on a seven-headed beast (representing the seven plagues of the Apocalypse) and leading all Catholics to the same destination. The Deckherrs' broadside also depicts the choice facing professing Protestant Christians: the broad, circuitous path leading to the same Hell to which all Catholics are condemned; and the steep, narrow path leading to Heaven which can only be travelled by iconoclastic Protestants whose pious faith bears fruit in daily life. This broadside was brought to Pennsylvania by German-speaking immigrants in the early nineteenth century. It served as the prototype for several North American broadsheets and broadsides. The most common of these was printed by Gustav Peters of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Peters' broadside is usually referred to as the "Paths to Heaven and Hell" broadside. It is also called the "New Jerusalem" or "Tree of Life" broadside. In all Pennsylvania derivations of Deckherrs' broadside the original anti-Catholic message is lost or obscured. The dimensions of Deckherrs' broadside are 12 3/4" X 15 1/2" (unframed) and 18 1/2" X 21 1/2" (framed).