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BRIEVE & FIDELE EXPOSITION DE L'ORIGINE, DE LA DOCTRINE, DES CONSTITUTIONS, USAGES ET CEREMONIES ECCLESIASTIQUES DE L'EGLISE DE L'UNITE DES FRERES CONNUS SOUS LE NOM DE FRERES DE BOHEME & DE MORAVIE, TIREE DE LEURS ACTES & TITRES AUTENTIQUES PAR UN AUTEUR IMPARTIAL, AMI DE LA VERITE ; AVEC XVI PLANCES GRAVEES EN TAILLE DOUCE, OU LE TOUT EST REPRESENTE AU NATUREL
n.p., 1758. First Edition. Hardcover. Title page slightly trimmed along right border; minor tears in margins of some plates. Mild chipping to spine tips but binding and contents firm. Near Fine example of a scarce title. Small octavo (4-1/2" x 7") bound in very early marbled boards with a gilt red spine label: [2], 3-87, [1], 16 folding plates. First Edition in French, published one year after the First German Edition and usually attributed to David Crantz, this history of the Moravian United Brethren was published not long after their establishment in America. The 16 folding plates illustrate various customs and rites of the Moravian missionaries including an exorcism in the West Indies; baptisms in the West Indies, Greenland, and America (Native Americans); and the Kiss of Peace with men on one side of the room and women on the other. Sabin 7935. This book was published at an early and crucial point in the history of the Moravian Church in America when it was under attack, along with its Indian converts, for treason during the French and Indian War.
      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
Last Found On: 2013-09-05           Check availability:      Biblio    

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