The Karl Gustav Nieritz Library / Emily Sarah Holt Library / William Herchenbach Library (Updated May 11 2023 - New Titles Now Available)

The Karl Gustav Nieritz Library

Volumes 1 through 12 are now available (each volume contains on average 3 different books by Nieritz)....  Please at least order the first volume and see how wonderful these books are.

Please consider the below for yourselves, your children and grandchildren, homeschool group, church library, Christian school library, even to donate to your local public library, etc.

I am reading each and every one of these as I produce them and they are captivating and delightful, and each seems better than the previous; children's Protestant novels, based partly on European history, embedded with Scripture and moral principles. I think that I have now read more children's books as an adult than I did as a child. These are pre-teen and up, I imagine.

THESE are the books you should read to your children as stories, and ones they should read when they are old enough. They are all by Carl Gustav Nieritz (1795-1876) and were translated from German into English, some in what was called, "The Fatherland Series" by one publisher.

EVERYONE (adult and youngster) needs to order and read all of these! Every church that has a library, every Christian school or homeschool group should have a set.

My people are destroyed because they lack knowledge... because you have forgotten My Law I will forget your children. My people hath been a lost sheep. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider [SEPARATE, DISTINGUISH]. Look to the rock whence ye were hewn. To destroy a people you must sever their roots. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

If you order any of these books from the Print on Demand companies (which usually employ chinese or hindu indian sweatshops, and some are even hindu owned and even printed in India) you will pay about $20.00-30.00 per individual title (with possible missing pages, damaged, unreadable text, etc.), and some are retypeset, unproofread full of gobblygook characters... and no other reprint company has anywhere near the complete collection as I have assembled. I have spent around $1,000 to purchase originals (and spent 15+ hours just searching for them, as they are rare)... and I will have spent 500+ hours to prepare them all.

I actually have these titles UNDERpriced at 25.00 per volume. A 500+ page book on quality archival heavier weight paper is normally 30.00 (and that is a common title, not a rare title). Again, to buy 3 individual titles by the other reprint companies would be 60.00 - 90.00 for what I have assembled in one volume for about 25.00. Every church or homeschool group or home church should have these. Even if 20 people commit to the full set, in several installments, that won't even cover half of the printing cost (and not even consider my initial outlay or 500+ hours of time), but I would be willing to do so if there is enough interest. But I would like the inventory move, not merely take up a massive amount of space and at incredible weight.

These are amazing books. They show how hard life used to be, but also how much simpler and better it was; it does not hide the ugliness of man's sinful nature, but shows how we can rise above it and not be affected by it and become like it, and also how to honor God and be thankful for all the blessings that He has given us. Life was often hard. People were often cruel. It is no different today, and we are close to returning to those hard times--under even more brutal circumstances. These books teach reality of life, along with Biblical and moral principles, most often within the setting of some historical event, all in a very engaging and touching manner. Some of the books had subtitles, others did not; some books had alternate titles, since some were translated by different translators or even republished by other publishers who titled them differently. I have listed all known alternate titles.

The Karl Gustav Nieritz Library

[all volumes will contain my introduction, photo and bio. of the author, and occasionally added historical info or a clarifying notes, other added photos.]


Volume #1 - The Shepherd’s Family [a.k.a. The Little Shepherd Boy and His Dog] (1894) 111pp., & The Little Shoemaker or Where the Truth Takes Root, God Will Make of it a Goodly Tree (1850) 143pp., & The Little Miner or Honesty is the Best Policy (1887) 130pp., [a.k.a. Gottlieb Frey... (1871, 226pp.,]; These are excellent. Touching. If you are not moved by each of them (as well as most all others in other volumes) you have a heart of stone. 3 books in 1, c.445pp. total, paperback, 25.00 + P&H.

Volume #2 - The Noble Wife or Faithful unto Death (1871) 287pp., conflict between Sweden and Norway under King Charles XII. of Sweden in late 1600s early 1700s. & Gustavus Vasa or King and Peasant [a.k.a. The Faithful Servant; a.k.a. The Young Patriot or Fidelity Rewarded] (1873) 258pp., (founding of the Royal house of Vasa of Sweden, defender of the Reformation, freeing Sweden from the evil Christian II. of Denmark). 2 books in 1, c.545pp. total, paperback, 25.00 + P&H.

Volume #3 - The Weaver of Naumburg or A City Saved By Children (c.1929) 121pp. & Gutenberg and the Lost Child (c.1850), 167pp., (the first printed Bible) [plus my added Post-script on Gutenberg and illustrations] & The Rich Man and the Poor Man or Help in Need (1875) 120pp., c.408pp. total, paperback, 25.00 + P&H.

Volume #4 - Duty and Affection (a.k.a. The Little Drummer or, Filial Affection / Young Recruit: Adventures of a Drummer-boy: A Story of the Russian Campaign / Augustus the Young Drummer) (1850) 162pp., [excellent!] & Alexander Menzikoff or the Danger of Wealth [a.k.a. The Perils of Greatness (1853) / Alexander Menschikoff: The Founder of a Family / The Touchstone of Life: a True Story of the Russian Peerage] 130pp., & The Rat Catcher or Magic Fife (1854) 166pp., (this was the source of the famous “Pied Piper of Hamlin” written by Robert Browning in 1888); 456pp. total, paperback, 25.00 + P&H.

Volume #5 - The Foundling or the School of Life (1850) 136pp., & The Plum-Woman or The Child With Three Mothers: A Tale of High Life and Low Life (c.1856) 201pp., (orphan and adoption) & Driven Out (1893) 156pp., (2 children of a woman who is deemed to have leprosy and is cast out of the city) 493pp. total, paperback, 25.00 + P&H.

Volume #6 - Busy Hands & Patient Hearts or, The Blind Boy of Dresden and His Friends (1875) 181pp., & The Dumb Boy of Fribourg or, the Pilgrim and the Dragon, a Tale of the Discovery of Gunpowder (1873) 166pp., & The Cobbler, the Clerk, and the Lawyer of Liebstein (1868) 123pp.; 470pp. total, paperback, 25.00 + P&H.

Volume #7 - The Bears of Augustusburg: An Episode in Saxon History (1855) 216pp., & The Smuggler’s Revenge or the Lost Child of Lanemarken (1897) 200pp., & The Siege of Magdeburg: A Tale of 1631 (1855) 83pp.; 604pp. total, paperback, (summer 2020) 23.00 + P&H.

Volume #8 - The Exiles of Salzburg and Other Stories (1880) [also including The King of Prussia’s Tall Soldier (a.k.a. The Tall Man) & The Belfry of Dresden], 256pp., & (Life) In Fair Silesia (1894) 156pp., & The Siberian Exile (1894) 122pp., 574pp. total, paperback, (summer 2020) 23.00 + P&H.

Volume #9 - The School on Luneburg Heath (1895) 148pp., & Patient Henry or the Dangerous Wager (1865) 188pp., & The Pilgrim Kings or the Star of Bethlehem (1881) 223pp., [a.k.a. Erna the Forest Princess, or, Pilgrimage of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem: a Legend of Germany of Olden Time / The Three Kings or Magi: A Tale (1856)] (1881 ed.) 223pp., 531pp. total, paperback, 25.00 + P&H.

Volume #10 - The Jailer of Norwich; or, the Eighth Commandment (1863) 186pp., & Christian Beck’s Grandson (1894) 232pp. & Stolen for Ransom (1901) 138pp.; 558pp. total, 26.00 + P&H.

Volume #11 - One Offence Punished: A Swiss Tale (1859) 48pp.; & Truth and Falsehood or The Adventures of a Prince (1866) 188pp., [a.k.a. The Crown Prince and his Scapegoat or Truth and Falsehood] (1877) The Platzbäcker of Plauen (1887) 157pp., 431pp. total, pb. 24.00 + P&H.

Volume #12 - The Coal-Burner’s Sons: or Filial Love Rewarded (1878), 252pp., Seppel or the Burning of the Synagogue At Munich (1879) 129pp. (retypeset), & Benjamin Franklin: The Printer Boy (1875) 120pp.; 589pp. total, pb., 26.00 + P&H.

2 other volumes are in the works, containing several that have never been translated into English.  Inquire.  

Volume 13 - Hans Egede or The Faithful Missionary or Life in Greenland (1877) 158pp. & The Fishermaiden of Helgoland (1877) c.200pp., & The Goose-buyer of Neurenberg (c.1880) 32pp., c.400pp. total, pb., [The latter 2 translated for the first time into English.]  Delayed; possibly late 2023

Volume 14 - Clarus and Mary or The Child’s Woe, The Child’s Pleasure or Cromwell’s Daughter’s Servant (1840) 397pp., pb., 22.00 + P&H. [first time translated into English, but improved into a better story.] NOW Available


See also these others in 2 different series:

The Annotated William Herchenbach Library —

German Catholic author; superb stories, with corrective, complementary, and explanatory annotations by R.A.B.

- Volume 1 - The Waffle WomanAngel HildaFalsely Accused; 406pp., pb., 22.00 + P&H.

Volume 2 - Armorer of SolingenVoyage of the Veronica; 308pp., pb., 18.00 + P&H.


 The Annotated Emily Sarah Holt Library —

Superb English Protestant author, with corrective, complementary, and explanatory annotations by R.A.B.

- Volume 1Mistress Margery: A Tale of the Lollards — A.D. 1400 (1868) & King Alfred: The Truth Teller — A.D. 847-899 (1896) & Sir John Oldcastle — A.D. 1370-1417 (1896) 482pp., pb., 22.00 + P&H. 

- Volume 2 - Well in the Desert — A . D . c.1350 (1872) [Bishop of Arundel and the noble Houses of Arundel and Despenser], 185pp., & Our Little Lady or, Six Hundred Years Ago (1887) 187pp., 514pp., pb. 22.00 + P&H.

- Volume 3 - Imogen: A Story of the Mission of Augustine or A Tale of the Early British Church — A . D . 587 (1876, 1890 edition), 344pp., 409pp., pb., 18.50 + P&H. THIS BOOK IS A MASTERPIECE AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT, the entire family.

- Volume 4: John de Wycliffe: The First of the Reformers And What He Did For England — A . D . 1377 (1884) & The King’s Daughters: or How Two Girls Kept the Faith (1888) 608pp., total 27.50 + P&H.

- Volume 5: Lettice Eden: The Lamps of Earth and the Lights of Heaven — A.D. 1530 (1877) 376pp., A superb story! pb., 20.00 + P&H.

Numerous others being planned if there is interest (inquire).


- Volume 6: Behind the Veil: A Tale of the Days of William the Conqueror; a Story of the Norman Conquest — A.D. 1066 (1890) 255pp. & The Gold That Glitters: The Mistakes of Jenny Lavender — a.d. c.1652 (1896) 158pp.; 470pp., total, pb., 23.50 + P&H.  NOW Available

- Volume 7: Countess Maud: or the Changes of the World — A.D. 1352 (1892) 384pp., pb., 22.00 + P&H A superb story!  NOW Available

Other volumes are in the works:

- Robin Tremayne of Bodmin: a Story of the Marian Persecution — A.D. 1555 (1872) 378pp.;

- Sister Rose: or Saint Bartholomew’s Eve — A.D. 1572 (1870);



Still trying to locate Nieritz’s:

The Swan Maiden.

I may also try to have some translated into English that were never translated into English, if there is enough interest... Inquire.

Please email if you are interested and please tell everyone you know who may be interested: homeschool groups, churches, Christian book stores, friends and family, etc.

Anyone who wishes to help with the translation (From German, French, or Italian) or help with the cost thereof, please inquire.

If anyone happens to have original copies of other titles in English that are not mentioned here, please contact us.

Thank you.

See also:

Important Books For Christendom