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Samuel Saur, Baltimore; Chestnut Hill, 1797. 18th-century collection of two important hymnals printed by Samuel Saur in German: the rare 1792 first edition of DIE KLEINE HARFE, with the 1797 second edition of DAS KLEINE DAVIDSCHE PSALTERSPIEL (lacking two leaves) - including four leaves of manuscript material by an early owner. American-German printer Samuel Saur founded his first printshop in Chestnut Hill in 1790. Among his earliest imprints, Saur "continued the tradition of his grandfather and father by printing hymnals for the Brethren and other sectarians, with the sixth edition of Das Kleine Davidische Psalterspiel (1791) and the small but influential first edition of Die Kleine Harfe (1792), which contained original hymns of the Brethren" (Durnbaugh 66). (The Brethren Church was a Protestant denomination with Anabaptist roots that settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania around 1723; like Quakers and Mennonites, they are pacifists, and forbade members from becoming slaveholders.) After a brief move to Philadelphia, Saur finally settled in Baltmore in 1795. The first issue of DIE KLEINE HARFE, contained here, was printed in Chestnut Hill in 1792. Upon printing a second edition of DAS KLEINE DAVIDSCHE PSALTERSPIEL in Baltimore in 1797, he issued the two together - though the collection is more typically found with the 1797 second edition of DIE KLEINE HARFE, not the scarce 1792 first. This copy also has four full-page manuscript notes dated 1810, including a number of fabulous large German initials. An outstanding survival in contemporary sheep binding, with early owner ins … [Click Below for Full Description]
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