Largest Book Produced in Colonial America

    Tielman Janszoon van Braght. Der Blutige Schau-Platz Oder Martyrer Speigel der Tauffsgesinten Odor Wehrlosen-Christen, die um des Zeugnuss Jesu Ihres Seligmachers Willen Geltteen Haben, und Seynd Getodtet Worden.... Ephrata, Pennsylvania: Drucks und Verlags der Br├╝derschafft, 1748-1749.

    Thick folio. Two volumes bound in one. 56, 478, [4], [14], 949, [11] pages. With the engraved frontispiece. The German translation from the Dutch.

    Early leather over wooden boards. Brass corners and catchplates, missing both clasps. Binding worn, front joint cracked. Some soiling and minor chipping to the frontispiece. Mild foxing throughout. Overall, a very good, tight, and internally sound copy.

    "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). The largest book produced in colonial America.

    Evans 6256.

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