Item #30159 Ein Merkwurdiger Traum. [With a Transcription and Analysis by Isaac Clarence Kulp]. Anonymous.
Ein Merkwurdiger Traum. [With a Transcription and Analysis by Isaac Clarence Kulp]

Ein Merkwurdiger Traum. [With a Transcription and Analysis by Isaac Clarence Kulp]

[Germantown, PA]: [Saur], [1768]. Broadside, printed in fraktur in two columns on both recto and verso. With four page holograph manuscript transcription and brief analysis by the fraktur specialist and folk artist Isaac Clarence Kulp.

An account of a visionary dream by an anonymous writer, in which the protagonist is taken by an angel to the State House in Philadelphia, where after ascending a long ladder the angel shows him Chestnut Street full of hearses attended to by silent people dressed in black, and all the graveyards full of open graves. The anonymous author states that this was originally dreamt in 1757, and that the narrator had the very same dream 11 years later, the year in which this broadside was published.

The broadside is accompanied by the 4 pp. holograph letter signed by the fraktur specialist and folk artist Isaac Clarence Kulp, Jr., who translates the text and also includes a paragraph at the end in which he states that this was likely printed by Saur. Kulp also states his belief that this was a prophecy of the Great Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, which would strike Philadelphia in 1793 - 23 years later, or a touch beyond two more 11 year cycles.

Evans, Early American Imprints 10976. Hildeburn, C. R., Pennsylvania, 2374.

Rare. OCLC locates a digitized version of the broadside, but appears to show no physical holdings.

Creased and torn at extremities, with some loss along left margin not affecting text. Some minor spotting. Item #30159

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