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Object ID # 1992.1.1
Place of Origin Basel, Switzerland (?)
Date 1708
Material Paper
Dimensions H-1.5 W-4.25 L-2.5 inches
Description Book: 1708 Ernsthafte Christenpflichte (Swiss German Anabaptist prayer book) with leather binding (now cracked) and brass corner plates. Has two heart-shaped brass clasp plates. Has 379 pages plus register.
Provenance Published in 1708 (probably in Basel, Switzerland), this is the first known edition of the old Swiss-German Anabaptist prayer book, which has gone through many editions since and which the Old Order Amish keep in print. This is the only known copy of this first edition. This copy was brought to Pennsylvania by an unknown Mennonite immigrant to Lancaster County. Descended to Adele Hostetler Hershey, mother of Hiram Hershey, the donor.
Source Gift of Mary Jane Lederach Hershey & Hiram Hershey