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The Mapping of North America

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First edition of ‘the first book written by a native American to be published in Sweden. The account contains much significant historical detail and is especially knowledgeable concerning the Indians.’ (Streeter). Muller calls it an extremely rare work and of the highest importance for the early history of the Swedish colony and Church in America. The author was the son of Swedish missionary Eric Biörck who went to America in 1697 and built the Swedish Lutheran church at Christina (Wilmington, Delaware) the following year. Included in the preliminary matter are a dedication to Count Gyllenborg of Lund, written in English verse, and a commendatory letter, also in English, addressed to Biörck from his cousin, Andreas Hesselius, who succeeded the elder Biörck as pastor of the church at Christina in 1713. The fascinating map, engraved by Jonas Sylverling, shows parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, with locations given of many of the settlements of the descendants of the old Swedish colonists. Church 911; Howes B-458; Larson 98; Muller 1137; Sabin 9664 & 28916; Streeter II 917; Winsor IV 493.
BIÖRCK, Tobias Eric

Dissertatio Gradualis, De Plantatione Ecclesiae Suecanae In America, Quam, Suffragante Ampl. Senatu Philosoph. in Regio Upsal. Athenaeo, Praeside...Mag. Andrea Grönwall ...

Upsala, 1731
Small quarto (195 x 155 mm.), twentieth century marbled paper boards with red calf gilt title to spine. pp. (8), 34. with one folding engraved map (175 x 260 mm.), one woodcut illustration set within the text and a woodcut headpiece & initial.
Stock number: 1774


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