Germantown: Christoph Saur, 1763. ,992,277,pp. printed in double columns. Thick quarto. Contemporary calf over wooden boards, clasps lacking. Boards scuffed, light foxing and dampstaining. Titlepage and first few leaves loose. Family names and dates inscribed on front and rear fly leaves. A few small tears at fore-edge; larger tear in p.274. Typical browning to pages and light edge wear. Overall quite nice, in original condition. Item #WRCAM35899A
The second edition of the first European language bible printed in America, after the first edition of 1743. The text is based on Martin Luther's version by way of the thirty- fourth edition of the Halle bible, with Book Three of Edras, Book Four of Edras, and Book Three of Maccabees supplied from the Berlenburg bible. The present edition, rumored to have been issued in 2000 copies, was printed by Christopher Saur II, son of Christoph Saur the elder, a native of Wittgenstein, Germany. The elder Saur emigrated to Germantown, Pennsylvania and practiced medicine before turning to printing. It was he who printed the 1743 first edition.
A very nice copy of an important early American bible. SEIDENSTICKER, p.61. ARNDT 269. O'CALLAGHAN, p.25. EVANS 9343. HILDEBURN 1877. ESTC W18552. SABIN 5192.