The Death of Abel. In Five Books. Attempted from the German of Mr. Gessner.

Philadelphia: W. Bradford, 1762.

Price: $2,000.00


About the item

First American Edition. xxi, [1, blank], 201, [1, blank]pp. 12mo. Contemporary sheep, worn. Numerous tears, some with small losses to text, H10 and K4 with significant loss. Without blank leaves A12 and K6. Armorial bookplate. Evans 9125; ESTC W19926; Hildeburn 1807.

Item #324172

Gessner's biblical epic, first published in Zurich as Der Tod Abels in 1758. The first translation of German literature ever published in America, according to Wilkens, "Early Influence of German Literature in America," Americana Germanica III:2 (1899), pages 102, 164. Rare, with only the American Antiquarian Society copy located by ESTC.