[Americana] Braght, Tieleman Jans van
Der blutige Schau-Platz
Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 1748-1749. Two volumes in one. First edition. Folio. Frontispiece, (1)-56, (1)-478, [4]; [14], 1-949, [11] pp. Illustrated with engraved frontispiece. Original calf over wooden boards, rubbed and worn, front joint split but holding, with metal corner ornaments on front and rear boards, brass clasps on front board, lacking the leather straps; frontispiece detached and moderately toned, with some dampstaining and dust-smudging in margins, some chipping at edges. Ex-library with card sleeve on rear paste-down, remnants of printed label and manuscript library annotations to front paste-down. Evans 6256.

The Martyrs Mirror or The Bloody Theatre was first published in Dutch in Holland in 1660. The work documents the stories of Christian, especially Anabaptist, martyrs. Translated into German from Dutch, it was completed and printed at the Ephrata Cloister in Pennsylvania in 1749 after three years work. Der blutige was the largest book printed in America before the Revolutionary War.

Estimate $800-1,200

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Sold for $2,125 (buyer's premium included)