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Das Kleine Davidische Psalterspiel der Kinder Zions,.

HYMNAL]. SAUER/SOWER, Christopher I (1695-1758) - SAUER/SOWER, Christopher II (1721-1784).

Published by Germantown [Pennsylvania]: Christoph Sauer, 1764., 1764
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12mo., (6 4/8 x 3 4/8 inches). Woodcut head- and tail-pieces (browned throughout). Contemporary blind-panelled calf over bevelled boards, the spine in five compartments with four raised bands, brass clasps and catches (a little worn with loss at the extremities, but attractive). Provenance: contemporary gift inscription in German on the recto of the first blank. First published in 1744 by Christopher Sauer I, who also issued the first bible in a European language to be printed in American in 1743. This hymnal, based on a German Psalterspiel first published in 1720, was reprinted many times until 1830, this is the third edition printed by his son Christopher Sauer II, with 575 hymns, of which 28 are new. The Sauers, pere et fils, were influential in the German community of Pennsylvania. They arrived in America in 1724, but in 1730 Sauer's wife left him to with the ex-Brethren mystical Conrad Beissel and his community. Undeterred Sauer and his son returned to Germantown in April of 1731, where they settled on six and opened a shop. In 1738 Sauer acquired a printing press, and in 1739, printed the "first American book in German type": an 800-page book of hymns for Conrad Beissel, and the first German newspaper in America. "Like his father, Sower was a printer and publisher. Prior to his father's death in 1758, [Sauer II] was in charge of the bindery and the English language publications at the Sower establishment. After he inherited the business, he followed and expanded his father's basic policies in publishing the newspaper, almanacs, and religious materials, including a Schwenkfelder hymnal of 760 pages (1762), a second edition of the Lutheran and Reformed Marburg Hymn Book of 528 pages (1762), and a second (1763) and third (1776) edition of the German language Bible that his father first printed in 1743. In 1770, he published 'Eine Einfältige und gründlich abgefasste Schul-Ordnung', by the well-known Mennonite schoolmaster Christopher Dock whose school he had attended as a youth. In order to ensure an adequate supply of paper, he built a paper mill on the Schuylkill River in 1773. These achievements made Sower one of the wealthiest men in British America" (John B. Frantz for DNB). Evans 9602; Hildeburn, C.R. Pennsylvania, 2045Bötte & Tannhof. German printing, 296. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Bookseller Inventory # 72lib603

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Title: Das Kleine Davidische Psalterspiel der ...

Publisher: Germantown [Pennsylvania]: Christoph Sauer, 1764.

Publication Date: 1764

Binding: Hardcover

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