Discovery from the Vault

Merkwürdige Geschichte, von einem Menschen, der mit dem Teufel in einem Bund getreten auf achtzehen Jahr, und wieder durch Christum erlöset worden ist. Nebst einer Schutzschrift über die Lästerung dieses Werks, und kurze Anmerkungen, durch Sprüche der H. Schrift, is the story of Thomas Salvon who testified that he had sold his soul to the Devil in 1771. The account was written by Pastor Johann Georg Schroeder of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Gemeine in Washington County, Maryland. Schroeder, who claims to have saved Salvon in 1789, had the story printed in 1790 by the Ephrata press (Typis Societatis).  I “discovered” a copy of this pamphlet in our collection recently. The imprint is rare and, if Google is any indication of popularity, not well known: there was one hit for the title. The only printed references that I can find are in bibliographies. It is bound in a wrapper cover and has forty eight pages (page 18 is mis-numbered as 81).  The Ephrata press ran from 1745 until 1794.


translation: The strange history of a man who entered into a covenant with the Devil for eighteen years, and then was saved by Christ. Including a protective letter against the blasphemy of this book, and brief notes using proverbs from the Bible.





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