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BRIÈVE & FIDÈLE EXPOSITION DE L’ORIGINE, DE LA DOCTRINE, DES CONSTITUTIONS, USAGES ET CEREMONIES ECCLESIASTIQUES DE L’EGLISE DE L’UNITÉ DES FRERES CONNUS SOUS LE NOM DE FRERES DE BOHEME & DE MORAVIE

Artist/Maker:
CRANZ, DAVID
Place Made:
Amsterdam? Netherlands
Date Made:
1762
Medium:
ink on paper, cardboard
Dimensions:
H: 7 9/16″ WOA 4 7/8″ DOA 1/2″
Accession Number:
5934
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Cardboard, paper, and leather bound book; first French edition of BRIÈVE & FIDÈLE EXPOSITION DE L’ORIGINE, DE LA DOCTRINE, DES CONSTITUTIONS, USAGES ET CEREMONIES ECCLESIASTIQUES DE L’EGLISE DE L’UNITÉ DES FRERES CONNUS SOUS LE NOM DE FRERES DE BOHEME & DE MORAVIE (Translates to: A short and faithful report of the Church known under the name of the Bohemian and Moravian Brethren, Stemming from the Unitas Fratrum [including their] teaching, outward and inner Church order and customs, derived from true documents and accounts from one of their Christian, unbiased, friends, and illustrated with sixteen copper images).

Book includes 87 pages of French text (translation is in accession file) and sixteen images inset into binding including:
I. Ordination of a Bishop in the Unity of the Brethren in London
II. Acceptance into the Brethren
III. Baptism of a Child
IV. EXORCISM of the Baptismal Candidate among the Negroes
V. Baptism of the Indians in America
VI. Baptism of the Greenlanders
VII. Baptized Negroes, who after Presternation or the Adoration are lifted up and kissed by the National Workers
VIII. Consecration. Blessing og the Bread for Communion in the Unity of the Brethren Church in London
IX. Distribution
X. Participation
XI. The Adoration of the Lord
XII. The Holy Kiss of Peace
XIII. The Footwashing
XIV. Children’s Lovefeast
XV. Wedding of Twelve Counples of Colonists
XVI. Easter Liturgy

History:
HISTORY:First published in German in 1757, this brief history of the origins and doctrines of Church of the Unity of the Brethren is of particular interest for its plates depicting their rites and their missionary work to indigenous peoples. According to Sabin (Dictionary of Books Relating to America, New York: 1869), “The plates in this rare and interesting volume . . . contain elaborate representations of the ceremonies of ordination, of the different modes of baptizing infants, negroes, Greenlanders, and American Indians, also of the exorcism, prosternation [prostration], Eucharist, an Agape dinner, holy kiss, feet-washing, marriage, etc.” The Moravians were a Christian sect that emerged in the 16th century from the followers of Reformation martyr Jan Hus, and re-emerged in the 18th century under the leadership of the German nobleman Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf. The Moravians were one of the first Protestant denominations to organize missionary work on a large scale. Their missionaries travelled to the Americas (including the Caribbean), Greenland, Africa, and the Far East. The author of the present work (noted on the title page as “an impartial author, a friend of the truth”) was the German missionary David Cranz (1723-77), who was sent to Greenland, where he recorded many details of natural history and traditional culture of the island that are still useful to scholars today.
Credit Line:
Katherine Babcock Mountcastle Fund