Ein Geistliches Magazien, oder aus den Schaetzen der Schrifftgelehrten zum Himmelreich gelehrt dargereichtes Altes und Neues

Germantown: Gedruckt bey Christoph Saur, 1764. Volume I, no. 1 to volume I, no. 3; 8vo, pp. [4], 32; text in double column; stitching likely replaced at an early date; old doodles on first leaf; good. Also present are three leaves for number 4. The magazine started by Saur ended with Volume II, no. 15 in 1774 - 65 issues in all. "With the exception of 'The Christian History' ... this is the first distinctively religious magazine printed in the United States" (Evans). A "German religious magazine containing religious observations, essays, sermons, poetry, simple catechisms, and narratives for family reading. Selections from many writers, usually German devouts, included, and articles on the religious education of children were emphasized (Cf. American Periodicals, 1741-1900). "What is probably the first German language periodical Christopher Saur's Ein Geistliches Magazien was in fact a free supplement to a Saur's newspaper, Die Germantowner zeitung, or rather a personal gift from a benevolent publisher who was concerned about the spiritual well-being of his subscribers. If that does not disqualify it as a periodical its highly erratic appearance rate might for the magazine appeared whenever the publisher had time and copy to print" (Harris & Kamrath, Periodical Literature in Eighteenth Century America). Albaugh, American Religious Periodicals, 367; Evans 9676; Hildeburn 1998; Seidensticker, p. 66. ESTC locates copies only at AAS and Pennsylvania State Library. Item #55629

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