This is the first page in the book.
This is the back cover.
This is the spine of the book.
A German book of Hymns and Spiritual Songs. I am not sure if the 1877 means anything..it may just be a number that the German printer delegated to this book as it was printed. I did a Internet search and found a book similar to this one on eBay, but it was not in as good of shape from 1892. So I will venture to guess that this one was published before 1900.
Somehow this book came to America, probably by ship..probably with a person. Of course the person must have been able to read German. I have never been able to grasp a foreign language although I did take three years of Latin in high school..which helps you identify words.. you can speak Latin I guess..I can still recite the Pledge of Allegiance..but only because I said it every morning in school for three years. The horrible conjugation of verbs...present, past and past perfect used to drive me nuts, it was all memorization. If conversational Latin ever becomes the "in" thing to participate in..I have a head start:)