Germantown: Christoph Saur, 1743. ,995,277,pp. Thick quarto. Contemporary calf over wooden boards, metal clasps. Clasps renewed, corners worn, head of spine expertly repaired. Contemporary and later manuscript notations on front pastedown and rear flyleaf. Titlepage with neat marginal repairs, some light stains. Very good. Item #WRCAM47841
The first European-language Bible printed in America, and the second Bible printed in America after John Eliot's Indian bibles of the 1660s. 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. Believed to have been printed in an edition of 1200 copies, of which slightly over one-tenth are known to have survived. Christoph Saur was a native of Wittgenstein, Germany who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania and practiced medicine before turning to printing. There are three variant titlepages noted for this work, of which this is the second. A landmark in American religious and printing history. DARLOW & MOULE 4240. EVANS 5128. HILDEBURN 804. ARNDT 47. SEIDENSTICKER, p.20. ESTC W18551.