Heidelbergh Catechism.  First American Edition, New York 1764
Heidelbergh Catechism.  First American Edition, New York 1764
Heidelbergh Catechism.  First American Edition, New York 1764
Heidelbergh Catechism.  First American Edition, New York 1764

Heidelbergh Catechism. First American Edition, New York 1764

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The Heidelbergh Catechism, or Method of Instruction, in the Christian Religion, as The same is taught in the Reformed Churches and Schools of Holland. Translated for Use of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, of the City of New-York. New York: John Holt, 1764. First Edition.

Full leather binding in very good condition, blind rules along edges, 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches, lacks the ffep, 46 pp. with old faint stains in some places, 2 leaves torn with loss in the at the bottom corner margins, tight. Signed "Catherine Van Renssalear" on the tp; historical society name stamp on tp. Very good.  [2067] 

Evans 9694. The first American English edition recorded by Evans. OCLC 13040847 with 2 locations; Dartmouth and NYPLS. ESTC W20435, with copies at the British Library, AAS, Pierpont Morgan Library, and UTS.

There are no recorded auctions or sales of this book at Rare Book Hub; a copy that was bound with The Psalms of David, Creed &c. sold in 2007 for $4,998 at Bloomsbury Auctions.

Catherine van Renssalear, neé van Cortlandt, wife of James Van Rensselaer of Greenbush, New York, a Captain during the Revolution, and brother-in-law to General Philip Schuyler, to whom he served as aide-de-camp.  Thanks to Ms. Hill of the Crailo and Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site for identification of the signature.

“This Translation of the Heidelbergh Catechism, from the Dutch, having first been examined, compared and approved of, by the Consistory of the reformed Protestant Dutch Church, of the City of New-York, is by them recommended for the Use of their Church and Schools, and printed by their Order. June 5th, 1764.” – verso of tp.