Eighteenth century handwritten illustrated religious-prayer text of Catholic and German origin, black leather over wood hardcover is embossed with the letters "W:A:R" on front cover in ornate design & "1740" embossed on back cover in similar ornate design. Very first page is marked with a handwritten note most likely the name of the original owner of the book, the following page is marked entirely with what appears to be a visual depiction of the altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a very adoring engraved illustration visibly attributed to known German Baroque engraver Martin Engelbrecht (most if not all of the religious engraving illustrations in the book are attributed to M. Engelbrecht) these illustrations include, Immaculate conception, Crucifixion, The last Supper & much more classical imagery detailing the life & ministry of Christ. . above text in Latin which reads "Novum Pretiosum ac argenteum altare ad divam virginem mariam cellae in stiria" (Which Translates to : A New and Valuable Silver altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the cell..). Text is primarily in Latin (decorated Roman alphabet more specifically) with a small amount of German embellishments and excerpts. The text displays a clear and evidenced Catholic intellectual motif and visual aesthetic both in the apparent adoration of the Virgin Mother Mary in the form of various illustrated engravings but also in the reiteration of her visage and name in an exalting and glorifying context and manner. The text is completely and entirely handwritten with the exception of engraved illustration pages which bear some textual commentary. Much of the text are presumably prayer intercessions of The Virgin Mary, as her name is repeated very often throughout the text, references various other cornerstone Catholic canonical saints in the form of illustration or mention including Thomas Aquinas, St. John the beloved, St. Catharine, and St. Peter. Various ecclesiastical prayer references are noted throughout the book with the words: communion, Jesus (Jesu), Mary (Maria), and Litany (Litanie) being the most prevalent words in the headings as well as actual text itself. The book is in very good overall condition considering it's age with the black leather over wood hardcover remaining mostly in tact with the exception of some chips & discoloration, the intricately embossed design is still very much intact and visible on both covers, only half of the leather spine remains, however the books original binding bears no signs of damage or deterioration beyond expected discoloration of twine binding, pages bear a significant amount of foxing as expected with age, some discoloration of pages along spine, with a few missing pages as expected and a few other pages that have become loose from the original binding. A truly rare and exceptional piece with a rich and tangible history.