Reading: Gedruckt für Charles M’Williams, 1820. First American edition? 12mo, original quarter calf and decorated boards, 142 pages. Striking woodcut frontispiece. Paper boards rubbed, some rubbing to the spine; some scattered foxing and light soiling; a very good copy. Item #19481
An interesting work of apocalyptic exegesis, this edition including a striking wood engraved frontispiece of the seven-headed dragon rising from the sea. First published in Germany under Armbrüster’s name in 1813 (but misattributed here on the title page to Jung-Stilling); an 1814 so-called second edition appears with the imprint of Germanien, which the Historical Society of Pennsylvania suggests may be [Germany, Pa.?], though that edition not noted in American Imprints. With the colophon at the foot of the text, “Gedruckt bey C.A. Bruckman.” American Imprints 1815; Arndt 2461. A few contemporary ink pen tests to the title page, with a small, not unpleasant addition in that hand of hair or of a numinous halo to one of the people in the frontispiece.