New Market, Virginia: Salomon Henkel's Druckerey, 1819. Boards. Second edition. 36 pages. 3.5” x 5.5”. Woodcut title page vignette and other woodcut illustrations throughout. Original cloth-backed, paper-covered boards decorated with woodcuts including a large example of the famous Henkel rooster on the rear cover. An exceptionally nice example. Near fine. Item #009006
This scarce and sought-after primer was published in German by the Henkel press, the first Lutheran printing shop in America. Ambrose Henkel started the press in 1806 and sold it to his brother Salomon in 1817. The Henkels published Christian catechisms, hymnbooks, and other works including children’s books designed to teach youngsters to read and spell in German, thereby perpetuating German culture and language in the United States. As of 2018, no other examples are for sale in the trade. ABPC and Rare Book Hub list only one auction result in the last ninety years. OCLC shows 38 first and second editions held by institutions, however some are identified as imperfect or mutilated. This primer is seldom found in condition this nice.