Germantown: Christoph Saur, 1763. ,992,277,pp. printed in double columns. Quarto. Contemporary calf over wooden boards, metal clasps lacking. Dampstaining and wear to edges of first and last few leaves. Some light soiling to text. Contemporary manuscript notations on endpapers. Very good to near fine. In a cloth box, gilt leather label. Item #WRCAM35899C
The second edition of the first European language Bible printed in America, after the first 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 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.