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"Gun Wad" Bible

"Gun Wad" Bible

"Gun Wad" Bible

"Gun Wad" Bible

(Bible in German) — Die ganze Gottliche Heilige Schrift Bible in German Biblia, Das ist: . Alten und Neuen Testaments nach der Deutschen Uebersetzung D. Martin Luthers ... Germantown: Christoph Saur, 1776


4to (9 3/4 x 7 7/8 in.; 248 x 200 mm). General title-page and separate title-page for New Testament, printer's ornaments, double-column text, varying ornamental capitals; browning, foxing and staining throughout, title backed with loss to corners, following leaf with restoration to edges. Contemporary calf over wooden boards, rebacked with new clasps.

The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Darlow & Moule 4240; ESTC W18549; Evans 14663; Hildeburn 3336; Sabin 5194; Wright, Early Bibles of America pp. 46-47

Third edition of the first bible printed in a European language in America, and the first to be printed from type produced in America.


The edition became known as the "Gun-Wad" bible, as British troops invading Germantown destroyed most of the 3,000 copies printed by using the sheets to make gun cartridges and litter for their horses (Wright).