1775 · Germantown
German language New Testament from the first press to print a complete Bible in a European language in the New World, here in the seventh edition, variant A with "Siebente Auflage" on the title-page. This edition is printed in double columns in fraktur with references also in fraktur.
This is the last New Testament that the Saur family printed in the 18th century.
Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
ESTC W4523; Evans 13837; O'Callaghan p. 29; Hildeburn, Pennsylvania, 3245; German Language Printing in the U.S., 454 (explaining the variants). 18th-century calf, simple brass clasps, covers gently rubbed; rebacked with gilt lettering and ruling on spine, new endpapers. Moderate to heavy age-toning and spotting; several leaves trimmed closely with the loss of a letter or two per line. One leaf lacking, another in facsimile, two leaves at front of Matthew supplied from a different copy. Signs of heavy use include chipped edges on first and last few leaves, a few bent corners or short tears, and the occasional mark in ink or (in one case) old crayon. Only library markings are a five-digit stamped inventory number and call number pencilled on verso of title-page. => A good, typical example of a Saur German-American testament. (Inventory #: 36376)