Chicago: Tryckt å “Chicago-Bladets” tryckteri, 269 North Market Street, . First American edition. 8vo (6.88 x 4.88 inches), original red sheep spine, pebbled red boards, 217 pages. Fragile sheep a trifle rubbed, some light wear to the cloth; a little foxing; in very good condition. Item #20722
With a contemporary stenciled ink ownership note on the front free endpaper, “C. A. Larson, Bishop Hill, Henry Co. Ill’s. Sörbo.” This note repeated in autograph blue ink in a shaky hand on the rear free endpaper. Publisher’s advertisement mounted on the front pastedown. Publication date inferred from the 1 March 1878 date at the foot of the publisher’s preface. Swedish-Americana: a devotional work, but also a volume that serves as something of a nexus of Swedish Free Church thought, with evidence of ownership from the omphalos of American Swedish settlement in the 19th century. Waldenström was an important Swedish theologian, religious editor and Pietist, who founded the independent Svenska Missionskyrkan in 1878; the Chicago-Bladet was founded in 1877 and soon became the semi-official organ of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church. Bishop Hill was the well-known Pietist communal colony established in Henry County by the Swedish Pietist Henry Jansson and his followers in 1846—and though the colony was gone by this time, the community had become the jumping-off point for Swedish immigration into America. Waldenström later toured America on four occasions from 1889 to 1910 (drawing large crowds), and seems to have visited with at least one survivor of the Bishop Hill colony during his 1889 visit. See Wångstedt, Lars-Åke (2008) “Who were the Janssonist immigrants?,” Swedish American Genealogist: Vol. 28 : No. 4 , Article 2; see also Safstrom, Mark. “‘America is No Paradise.’ — Paul Peter Waldenström and Social Justice.” Summer 2016. pietisten.org/xxi/1/pwsocialjustice.html (retrieved 31 May 2022).