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Biblia, Das ist: Die Heilige Schrift. Altes und Neues Testaments ? Nebst einem Anhang
Gedruckt bey Christoph Saur, Germantown 1743 - First edition of the "Sauer Bible," the second Bible printed in America, following the publication of "Eliot's Indian Bible" in 1663-1661 and the first American Bible printed in any European language. It is the first German Bible printed in America and its publication was financed by the German Baptists in Germany who had established the press in Germantown to disseminate their beliefs. It took three years to produce the one thousand copies printed. Title printed in red and black. 4to. That "Bibles could be produced more cheaply abroad and that their publication in the Colonies was supposed to be Interdicted by the patents to the Royal Printers" are suppositions put forth by Sabin for this late date of the second Bible printed in America. According to Wroth, it is often said that it was "printed in part on paper made in the mill conducted by the Seventh Day Baptist brotherhood at Ephrata." A very good copy. Library Company of Philadelphia "First American Editions" 7; Shipton and Mooney 5128, identical with 5127 except that title reads "Nebst dem Gewohnlichen Anhang"; Darlow and Moule 4240; Hildeburn 804; Sabin 5191 Contemporary calf over boards, spine with 5 raised bands, double blind rolls on either side of each band, simple border of double blind rolls on covers, "V" at each raised band, metal clasps at fore-edge. Joints cracked but stitching firm, a nail from hinge on lower cover lacking, losses at lower corners, typical and usual staining and browning, a few short tears, corners of text rounded at bottom, ownership notations on endpapers including signature of Aron Georg who purchased this copy at the sale of Adam Luckenbach in 1842 and that of William P. Smith who bought it as the sale of Aaron George's library at Richlandtown in November 1885. There are some notations in German script with dates from the 1750's on the free endpaper. Brown cloth folding box Title printed in red and black. 4to First edition of the "Sauer Bible," the second Bible printed in America, following the publication of "Eliot's Indian Bible" in 1663-1661 and the first American Bible printed in any European language. It is the first German Bible printed in America and its publication was financed by the German Baptists in Germany who had established the press in Germantown to disseminate their beliefs. It took three years to produce the one thousand copies printed. [Attributes: First Edition]
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