In 2019, the Historical Society will hold four auctions of consigned or donated rare, out-of-print and used books.
- Friday, March 8, 6:30–9:00 PM
- Friday, May 10, 6:30–9:00 PM
- Friday, September 13, 6:30–9:00 PM
- Friday, November 8, 6:30–9:00 PM
Books are displayed at the Society several weeks before each sale.
Catalogs are available for download here; printed catalogs are available for a subscription fee.
Online bids and credit cards are accepted.
Mail-in bids are accepted through 4:00 PM on the Thursday before the sale; use the on-line bid form at right. Please bid in even dollar amounts. No absentee bids under $10 will be accepted.
For a complete list of procedures, please download the auction information at right. For additional information, call (717) 393-9745 or e-mail.
This auction has a number of interesting items, including a 1684 New Testament published in Amsterdam with French, Dutch and English text in parallel columns (lot #38); several editions of Christliches Gemüths-Gespräch von dem geistlichen und seligmachenden Glaubenincluding one published in Ephrata in 1769 (#312-316); 1841 and 1853 editions of Benjamin Eby’s Kurzgefasse Kirchen Geschichte und Glaubenslehre der Taufgesinnten-Christen oder Mennoniten (#318-319); and two copies of the 1829 Nützliche und erbauliche Anrede an die Jugendby Christian Burkholder (#181 and #324).
Also included are: Acht Predigten by Johannes Deknatel (#34); an 1881 edition (#308) and a 1926 edition (#202) of Die vollständigen Werke Menno Simon’s; also Menno Simons’ Ein Fundamentund
There is a nice collection of Reformed Mennonite volumes beginning with lot #325. A large selection of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ hymnals and songbooks begins with lot #343, and several Hutterite historical volumes begin with lot #417.
Some items with interesting family connections include A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs with an 1896 decorated bookplate belonging to Catharine Lapp, Leacock Township, Lancaster Co. (#375); Eine Sammlung von Psalmen, Lobgesängen, und geistlichen Liedernwith a decorated inscription page belonging to Sara Shirk, Akron, Lancaster Co. (#373); an 1863 Bible with family records of John Barr Mayer, Elizabeth Swartley, and Kate B. Gross (#50); and an 1885 marriage certificate for Benjamin B. Stauffer and Anna H.
Some historical items always in high demand include a 5-volume Mennonite Encyclopedia (#67); the 4-volume Mennonitisches Lexikon; the 3-volume Brethren Encyclopedia (#461); two copies of The Earth is the Lord’s by John Ruth (#68 and 443); Rise and Fall of the Anabaptists by E. Belfort Bax (#248); and A Biographical History of Early Settlers and Their Descendants in Waterloo
Family history volumes include A Branch of the Zimmerman OffSpring of Glause Zimmerman by Ezra and Maria Zimmerman (#455); The Wenger Book edited by Samuel Wenger (#69); an 1884 edition of The Brubacher Genealogy in America by Jacob N. Brubacher (#70); 62 issues of the Yoder Newsletter, complete from 1983-2013 (#303); and a 3-volume set of Emigrants, Refugees and Prisoners (An Aid to Mennonite Family Research)by Richard Warren Davis (#454).
Please feel free to contact Jon Weaver-Kreider at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society with any questions about materials on the auction. Phone: (717) 393-9745 ext. 106 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org