November 12, 2021







Due to COVID, this final book auction of the year will be absentee-bidder-only. All bids must be received by 5pm on Friday, November 12.

This auction includes many books from Donald B. Kraybill’s personal collection spanning with special emphasis in Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren history and life.

The auction features two original Dutch Martyr’s Mirrors published in 1685, in good condition. Also, there are two German 1814 editions of the Martyr’s Mirror included in the sale.
The oldest book in the sale is a 1558 Jarmarckt written in Dutch and in good condition. Another old European imprint is on sale, a 1765 Nürnberg Bible, in good condition. A good copy of Annals of the Conestoga Valley will be sold, along with three copies of The Earth is the Lord’s.

Buyers interested in PA folk art will be pleased with many books about fraktur, coverlets, decorated chests, and other kinds of folk art.

Several family Bibles add interest to the sale. A German Bible from Johannes Weber and two English Bibles from Abram Lefever and Jacob Lefever are available.

Two books written by Martin Luther and published in Leipzig and Marburg are featured. A fine selection of Dauphin County history books, hymnals, and books about hymnody enrich the sale. There is a complete set of 1960–1996 Mennonite Quarterly Reviews to be sold. Buyers interested in Mennonite Church history will be interested in books
about the York County Mennonites, the Warwick River congregation, and a 5-volume set of Mennonite Encyclopedia.

Genealogists will be interested in the 1634 page Zimmerman book and the will of Jacob L. Brubaker.

Book buyers and collectors will not want to miss this auction.

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Did You Know?

The sandstone used for the Herr House was quarried on-site.

Christian Herr was a prominent leader in the 18th century Mennonite Community. Years after his death Lancaster Mennonites were still referred to as the Christian Herr Party.

Indigenous Peoples taught the Herr family and other Mennonites how to hunt game, clear heavily forested land, and how to identify native plants.