"This splendid folio is the largest and,
    in some respects, most remarkable
    book of the colonial period"

    [American Colonial Printing]. T. J. V. Braght. Der Blutige Schau-Platz, oder Martyrer Spiegel der Tauffsgesin(n)ten, oder Wehrlosen Christen, Die um des Zeugnuss Jesu ihres Seligmachers willen gelitten haben, und seynd getodtet worden, von Christi Zeit an bis auf das Jahr 1660. Pennsylvania: Ephrata, 1748 [-1749]. First edition printed in America and the first edition in German. Volume I only (issued in two volumes). Folio. Approximately 14 x 8.5 inches. 56, 478, [4, Das Register] pages. With the rare engraved frontispiece (later mounted onto a blank facing the title-page). Bound in near contemporary full brown calf, boards ruled in black, five raised bands, marbled pastedowns (free-endpapers are lacking). Binding quite worn and chipped, hinges professionally reinforced with paper, some toning and foxing to text, library bookplate on front pastedown, short autograph sentiment in German affixed to first blank leaf. From the collection of Pennsylvania Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker, with a two-page autograph letter signed by him stating that he is considering donating this book, tipped-in at front.

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    "This splendid folio is the largest and, in some respects, most remarkable book of the colonial period. Pennsylvania Mennonites requested their brethren in Holland in 1745 to have Tieleman van Braght's great work translated into German, but were not gratified. The Ephrata brethren undertook the laborious task, making the translation, manufacturing the paper and doing the binding." [Seidensticker]. "The largest book printed at the Brotherhood Press. The Ephrata Brethren were three years engaged upon its printing and binding.... The engraved frontispiece, representing the army of the martyrs marching to Heaven is generally missing, as the design was offensive to the Mennonites." [Evans]. This is the largest book printed in Colonial America. Seidensticker 30. Evans 6256.

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