Most families in Sweden had, until the end of the 19th Century, only one book: the hymn book. The book was brought to the Sunday service and was a support in the daily toil. An ornate and richly decorated hymn book of this kind, with a silver cover and its owner’s initials in enamel, clearly stated the owner’s wealth. The contents are the Swedish hymn book from the 1670’s and a Swedish translation of a prayer book from the Lutheran theologian Blasius Foertsch, “A Spiritual Water Source”.


  • Title: Hymn Book
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1670's
  • Location Created: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Physical Dimensions: h 112 mm, w 65 mm, thickness 45 mm
  • Artist info: Photo: H. Bonnevier
  • Original Language: Swedish
  • External Link: Inventory number: 327, Skokloster Castle

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