by [Saur, Christopher]: [German Printing in America]
Germantown: Christopher Saur, 1739. ,792,pp. Thick octavo. Contemporary calf, front hinge neatly repaired. Lower corner of titlepage reinforced. Light toning and soiling throughout. Very good. In a half morocco box. This is the first work of any size printed in German in America. The first printing in German of any sort was done by Andrew Bradford and Benjamin Franklin, both of whom produced ephemeral items between 1728 and 1737. In 1738, Christopher Saur established the first German- language press in America in Germantown, near Philadelphia, and printed this book the following year. The ZIONITISCHER... was printed for the Ephrata Cloisters, and was probably largely arranged by Conrad Beissel. A landmark of American printing. EVANS 4466. SEIDENSTICKER, p.11. ARNDT 17.
(Inventory #: WRCAM45236)
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