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Ladenburg in Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
 

Johann Christoph Sauer

(1695–1758)

 
 
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By Roger W. Sinnott, July 4, 2019
1. Johann Christoph Sauer Marker
Inscription.  
[German text:]
In diesem Haus wurde im Jahre 1695 der bekannte pennsylvanisch-deutsche Drucker Johann Christoph Sauer geboren und verbrachte hier einen Teil seiner Kindheit. Als Anhänger einer radikal-pietistischen, täuferischen Glaubensgemeinschaft (Deutsche Baptisten) wanderte er 1724 mit seiner Familie nach Germantown in Pennsylvania aus. Ab 1738 betätigte er sich dort als Drucker und gab deutsche Kalender, Zeitungen und religiöse Schriften heraus. Im Jahre 1743 druckte er die erste deutsche Bibel in Amerika (die “Sauer-Bibel”), die erste Bibelausgabe, die in einer europäischen Sprache in der Neuen Welt erschien. Er starb 1758 in Germantown.

[Pennsylvania Dutch text:]
In dem do Haus is der Johann Christoph Sauer, en bekannder pennsylfaanisch-deitscher Drucker, gebore warre im Yaahr 1695 un hot Deel von seinre Kindheit do gschpendt. Er waar en Glied bei en Radical Pietist Dunker Gmee (German Baptists) un is 1724 mit seinre Familye weckgezoge nooch Germantown, PA. Vun 1738 an waar er en Drucker und hot deitsche Kalenner, Zeidinge und grischtliche Bicher gepublished. Im Yaahr 1743 hot er die
Marktplatz in Ladenburg, Germany image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, July 4, 2019
2. Marktplatz in Ladenburg, Germany
The marker can be seen by the door on the white wall of the Kaffeehaus.
erscht deitsch Biwwel in America (die “Sauer-Biwwel”) gedruckt. S’waar die allererscht Edition vun en Biwwel in en European Schprooch as in der Nei Welt rauskumme is. Er is gschtarwe in Germantown im Yaahr 1758.

[English text:]
This house was the birthplace in 1695 and childhood home of Johann Christoph Sauer, renowned Pennsylvania-German printer. A member of a Radical Pietist Dunkard church (German Baptists), he emigrated with his family to Germantown, PA, in 1724. After 1738, he was a printer and published German calendars, newspapers and religious writings. In 1743, he printed the first German Bible in America (the “Sauer Bible”), the first edition of the Bible to appear in a European language in the New World. He died in Germantown in 1758.


 
Location. 49° 28.327′ N, 8° 36.68′ E. Marker is in Ladenburg, Baden-Württemberg, in Rhein-Neckar-Kreis. Marker is on Marktplatz. Marker is at Marktplatz 9, Ladenburg, 68526 Germany. Marker is mounted by the door of the Kaffeehaus at the southeastern corner of the town’s central Marktplatz. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Marktplatz 9, Ladenburg, Baden-Württemberg 68526, Germany. Touch for directions.
 
Regarding Johann Christoph Sauer. The appearance of Sauer’s German bible was a significant publishing event in Colonial America. In 1663, missionary John Eliot
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had printed a bible in the Algonquin language at Harvard College in Massachusetts. Then came the Sauer bible of 1743, printed in quarto with a press run of 1,000 copies. Sauer sold his bible for 14 shillings to subscribers and 20 shillings to others. Before and after that time, all English-language bibles were being imported from England. The Revolutionary War interrupted that easy access, and in 1782 Robert Aitken of Philadelphia brought out the first English-language bible printed in North America. [see Isaiah Thomas, History of Printing in America, 1810, 1874]
 
Also see . . .
1. Eliot’s Indian Bible. This marker describes the very first North American bible, printed in the Algonquin language in 1663. (Submitted on July 22, 2019, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

2. Aitken’s English Bible. A marker in Philadelphia commemorates the third North American bible, printed in English in 1782. (Submitted on July 22, 2019, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2019, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2019, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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