Lutheri Catechismus : öfwersatt på American-Virginiske språket.

Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 [Browse]
Uniform title
  • Swedish
  • Munsee
Stockholm : Tryckt vthi thet af Kongl. Maytt. privileg. Burchardi tryckeri af J.J. Genath f., 1696.
16 unnumbered pages, 160 pages ; 18 cm (8vo)


Former owner
Library of Congress genre(s)
Rare books genre
  • Luther's Kleiner Catechismus was translated into the Munsee language by Johan Campanius Holm on his arrival in New Sweden (Pennsylvania) in 1643. It was unprinted for 50 years, due to the decline in mission work among the Indians. -- cf. A.C. Repp, Luther's Catechism comes to America, ch. 1.
  • Title page printed in red and black.
  • Added engraved t.p.: "Catechismvs Lutheri lingva Svecico-Americana" under royal coat of arms signed: "Bl Br. inv.; E. Reitz, Sc." (present only in Ex copy 2)
  • Signatures: "[a]"⁸ A-K⁸
  • "Vocabularium Barbaro-Virgineorum additis passim locutionibus & observationibus historicis brevioribus ad linguae pleniorem notitiam"--Page 133 -160
Binding note
  • Princeton copy 1 WHS: Original binding, mottled calf; in center the double C, monogram of Charles XI, enclosed by two branches supporting a crown.
  • Princeton copy 2 Ex 2028.27.61 cop. 1, bound in parchment.
Language note
Text in Swedish and Munsee (Delaware).
Fo̊rtalet. prelim. leaf, [3-9]--Catechismus (in Munsee and Swedish).--Oratio dominica lingua virginiana, ex Bibl. virgin. cantabrig. Nov. Angl. 1663.--Oratio dominica lingua caraibica, insularum american. Ex catechismo caraibico p. Raymundi Breton, Auxerrae, 1664.--Herrans bo̊o̊n.--Wålsignelse.--Vocabularium barbaro-Virgineorum Additis passim locutionibus & observationibus historicis brevioribus ad linguae pleniorem notitiam, anno MDCXCVI (classified vocabulary in Munsee and Swedish, with special t. p.)--Colloquia (in Munsee and Swedish)--De numerandi modo (in Munsee)--Vocabula mahakuassica (in Susquehanna or Minqua)--Modus supputandi Mahakuassorum.
  • Princeton copy 1 WHS shelf-list has note: Binding, Swedish, 17th cent. (royal arms).
  • Princeton copy 2 Ex 2028.27.61 cop. 1, armorial bookplate of Goertz.
  • Princeton copy 2 Ex 2028.27.61 cop. 1, inscribed on title page 'Ex dono Regis Caroli XI. hic lebell ... Joh. Albert: Fabricii 1692.'
  • Princeton copy 3 Ex 2028.27.61 cop. 2, bookplate of Jean Hersholt.
Sabin 42726.
Other title(s)
Luther's catechism in Indian
Added engraved t.p. title
  • Catechismus Lutheri lingua Svecico-Americana
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