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Biblia, das ist: Die ganze Göttliche heilige Schrift Alten und Neuen Testaments.
Germantown: Gecruckt und zu finden bey Christoph Saur 4to. 2 pts. in 1 vol. [2] ff., 992 pp,; 277, [1] pp., [1] f.. 1776 Popularly known as the "Gun Wad" Bible, this is the third edition of the first American Bible in a European language and it precedes the first American Bible in English by six years. It is known as the "Gun Wad" Bible from Isaiah Thomas's recounting of the sale of Saur's estate in 1778, wherein he says that during the Battle of Germantown the purchaser of the unbound sheets of the 1776 Bible "sold a part of [them] to be used as covers for cartridges, proper paper for the purpose being at that time not to be obtained" in the dislocations of the Revolution — well, maybe. What is not open to question is the fact that this is the first Bible printed from type cast in America. There are several variants of the edition: In this copy the main title-page is printed in black only and on the New Testament title-page the place of printing is given as "Germantown." Provenance: On a front blank, "Joseph Price junr his Bible"; on front pastedown, "Abraham Price was born the 22. Day of June 1770. Contemporary calf, very plain in style with minimal tooling and no spine label ever; rebacked and old spine reattached. One leather and metal clasp remaining. Hinges (inside) strengthened and free endpapers reattached. The usual foxing, staining, and browning only; perhaps somewhat less than usual — a clean, untattered copy. Now housed in a quarter brown leather folding slipcase.
      [Bookseller: Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co]
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