Eben-Ezer bei Buffalo im St. N.Y. [Die Gemeinde der wahren Inspiration], 1854. First edition. 12mo, original black sheep spine and tips, marbled boards, 244 pages. Some light foxing; a nearly fine copy. Item #19515
At the head of the title, “J. J. J.” An uncommon relic of the communal colonies that evolved into the Amana Society in Iowa; the scattered congregations of this pietist faith had been gathered together by Christian Metz in Germany in 1842 and brought to America to establish their communal society at Eben-Ezer near Buffalo. This volume is one of the periodic collected yearbooks of inspired messages delivered by the community Werkzeuge, the instruments of spiritual messages Christian Metz and Barbara Landmann, who essentially led the colonies; this yearbook is unusual in collecting contemporary messages (many of the collections were retrospective), these collected here dating from October 23, 1853 to March 5, 1854—the period leading up to the community decision to move west to Iowa, where they would found the Amana colonies.