1763 Rare and Complete First Edition German language Saur Bible -
the first Bible printed on American-made paper
Size: quarto, about 10 1/2" x 9" x 4"
Publisher: Christoph Saur, Germantown, Pennsylvania
VERY GOOD/WELL PRESERVED conditon
A complete and rare (German language) Bible printed
Saur (Sower in English) in Germantown, Pennsylvania: the 1763
which is the first Bible printed on American made paper.
Christoph Saur (1693-1758) printed the first Bible
(the first Bible printed in the US in a European language - German)
- an edition of 1200 copies - in 1743 based on Martin Luther's
German translation. This 1763 Bible was printed as an edition of 2000
copies (the first Bible printed on American made paper) by Saur's
son who was also called Christoph (1721-1784).
It is a rather special Protestant (Lutheran) Bible
as in the Apocrypha it only includes the books that
Luther has used but Saur also added III and IV Esdras (now referred to as
I and II Esdras by Protestants) and III Macabees. The verses in Job
19:25-27 are printed in two translations: Luther's and that from the
Berleberg Bible (see one of the pictures)
The 1763 Bible has all original covers, spine, and
(restored) leather straps. Decorated with (original) brass corner
and center pieces - very nice! Likely rebound sometime in the 20th
century and it is holding well. All complete with both title pages,
colophons and ornamental headpieces. text basically identical to the
1743 edition. Some typical browning etc throughout.