“Ames breaks new ground in the study of Pennsylvania German manuscript art by synthesizing the significance of the religious context with the artistic achievements of creating the pieces. This is also the first book to integrate research based on several collections of Pennsylvania German Fraktur across many regions. The Word in the Wilderness is a remarkable achievement reflecting years of study and an amazing breadth of research.”
—Jeff Bach, author of Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata
Image: Johannes Bard, fraktur (writing sample), Adams County, Pennsylvania, 1819-1821. 2011.0028.010, Gift of Nick and Jo Wilson, Courtesy of Winterthur Museum.