THE DREADFUL VISITATION IN A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE PROGRESS AND EFFECTS OF THE PLAGUE, THE LAST TIME IT SPREAD IN THE CITY OF LONDON IN THE YEAR 1665 EXTRACTED FROM THE MEMOIRS OF A PERSON WHO RESIDED THERE, DURING THE WHOLE TIME OF THAT INFECTION
by [Defoe, Daniel]
Germantown: Christopher Sower, 1763. 16pp. Dbd. Minor foxing. Good plus. First American edition of this abridgement of Daniel Defoe's JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR, and notable for its imprint. Christopher Sower (Sauer) was an early American publisher based in Germantown who took over his father's publishing business in the mid-18th century. By 1754 the English publications of the Sauer press began to bear his imprint. He became a bishop of the Dunkers, or German Baptist Brethren, and as such was suspected of treason during the Revolution. His property was seized and sold "at auction" for a pittance, and, Sabin states, "The British used the poor fellow's books for making cartridges!" This Sower imprint is scarce, with only twenty-five copies recorded in ESTC, and rarely encountered in the marketplace. EVANS 9373. HILDEBURN 1885. AUSTIN 632. ESTC W6026. (Inventory #: WRCAM51173)
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