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This auction features a special consignment of three early Mennonite books from the Netherlands. All three books were published in Amsterdam and are written in Dutch. The first volume (Lot #105) is a 1685 edition of the Martyrs’ Mirror entitled, Het Bloedig Tooneel, of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-Gesinde of Weerloose Christenen. This is the second edition of the Martyrs Mirror, and the first one containing the 104 etchings of Jan Luyken.
The second book (#107) is one entitled ‘t Merg van de Historien der Martelaren, edited by J. Bout and published in 1736. It is an abridgment of the much larger Martyrs’ Mirror. It measures only 6 ½ inches tall. For this volume, an unknown artist made smaller, simplified and reversed copies of half of Jan Luyken’s etchings, according to James W. Lowry (Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, October 2002). There is a reference to the Mennonite congregation of Westzaandam printed in the front of the book.
The third Dutch volume (#106) is Opera Omnia Theologica, of Alle de Godtgeleerde Wercken van Menno Symons, [The Complete Works of Menno Simons], published in 1681. The book has been finely restored and rebound with ornate clasps and intricate tooling on the covers.
The sale features two copies of the Ausbund published in Lancaster. An 1815 edition (#386) has the name “J.H. Lapp” as well as the initials “ML” written in it. An 1868 edition (#387) has the names “Jonas F. [Beiler?]” and “Ben B. Beiler” written in it. Other books with names inscribed include an 1804 Unpartheyisches Gesang-Buch with the names of Jacob Scherg, Mary Sherk and Fanny Hoffman (#388); two books with color fraktur lettering belonging to Amos H. Herr of Manor Township (#392 & 396); an 1810 edition of Biblische Religion und Glückseligkeitslehre belong to William Fasig and Jacob Hummel (#394); an 1814 edition of The Economy of Human Life belonging to David Kingrich (#73); and three Bibles containing related Leaman, Herr and Longenecker family records (#2).
This sale contains a significant collection of very nice railroad books (#336-358) and tractor books (#302-321). Other sought-after books include an 1813 German Bible published in Somerset, Pa. (#67); several Christmas Carol Kauffman books including some signed by the author and main characters (#11-16); Annals of the Conestoga Valley (#365); The Earth is the Lord’s by John Ruth (#370); a 4-volume set (#69) and a 5-volume set (#373) of The Mennonite Encyclopedia; and The Jonas Martin Era (#208). Genealogy books include the recently-published large three-volume Valentine Metzler & Anna Nissley Genealogy (#1); The Wenger Book with index volume (#194); and A Branch of the Zimmerman Off Spring of Glause Zimmerman (#195).
Please note that these books will not be available for public viewing until the last week of February. If you need to view these books before that time, please contact Used Book Manager, Jon Weaver-Kreider to set up an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 393-9745 ext. 106.
Also, please note that the November 2020 auction will be on November 20 and not November 13.