Germantown, PA: Michael Billmeyer, 1819. Hardcover. 12mo. Original full calf with both metal clasps present and fully functional. 537pp, (3pp). Binding lightly worn; text block moderately age toned throughout, with minor sporadic foxing. Item #36853
A tight and attractive eighth printing of this noted "New Testament" (printed entirely in German) from the press of the well-known Philadelphia printer (1752-1837); the printing office and home in which this was printed still stands today; it was built in 1730, purchased by Billmeyer in 1789 and is supposedly the site from which George Washington directed his Continental Army forces in the Battle of Germantown. When Billmeyer and his father-in-law set up their Lutheran press in the 1780s, they acquired the surviving equipment of the renowned Philadelphia printer Christopher Saur Jr., whose press the British had destroyed in 1777. These volumes are rarely found with the original leather straps and brass clasps present and fully functional.