CHRISTLICHES GEMUTHS-GESPRACH - 1769 [1st US Ed]

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Christliches Gemuths-Gespräch von dem Geistlichen und Seligmachenden Glauben, und Erkantniss der Wahrheit, so zu der Gottseligkeit fuhret in der Hoffnung des Ewigen Lebens

Tit. I, V. I 

TRANSLATION: Christian conversation about the spiritual and the saving faith, and knowledge of the truth, leads to godliness in the hope of eternal life. [Google]

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Text in German. Ephrata, PA: Typis Societatis, 1769.

Hardback is overall in GOOD- condition.

  • Antiquarian volume features full leather binding with five raised bands on spine.
  • Book displays commensurate aging and wear to covers and interior.
  • Covers exhibit overall wear with rubbing to edges and bumping with chips and exposed boards to corners.
  • Boards have frequent holes along front shoulder, back head corner and fore edge of back board.
  • Spine displays notable cracking, with rubbed shoulders. 2" of spine piece is missing from foot, along with fifth raised band.
  • Binding is fragile. Hinges have splits, with covers loosely attached to textblock. (See photos)
  • Endpapers display commensurate age-toning. Front fep has a 3.5" tear going diagonally into page from fore edge.
  • Interior shows commensurate age-toning, with scattered foxing and occasional staining, heaviest at front and rear.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Pages 161 to the end show a persistent damp stain along foot edge, 3" x 1", as well as a chip to head corner, that starts with a hole on page 157, and grows bigger until forming a .75" chip. (See photos)
  • Textblock edges have fading dark brown ink, and are dusty along head.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20200226

168 pages. 5 x 7.75 inches.

Antiquarian volume features full leather binding, with five raised bands on spine.

Text is in an antique German typeface, like Fraktur. Text is arranged in a dialogue with Question and Answer.

This antiquarian volume of German catechism represents a valuable piece of old Christian literature. Originally conceived for the religious education of young people, it presents and explains some of the most important aspects of the Protestant Christian doctrine as seen at that time. It is the first complete German Mennonite Catechism published in America.

The Mennonites are members of certain Christian groups belonging to the church communities of Anabaptist denominations. They are named after Menno Simons who was originally from Friesland, situated in present-day Netherlands.

PROVENANCE: illustrated bookplate of Edward V. Schlechter on front pastedown.

EDITION POINTS: First American Edition, published during American colonial days at the venerable Ephrata printing shop.


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