Priestley, Joseph, & David Levi | Produced by the first Jewish publisher in America

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Priestley, Joseph, & David Levi

Letters to the Jews Inviting Them to an Amicable Discussion of the Evidences of Christianity with Letters to Dr. Priestley in Answer to Those He Addressed to the Jews. New York: J. Harrison for B. Gomez, 1794

12mo (156 x 95 mm). Separate title-page for David Levi’s response to Priestley’s letters but with continuous pagination; occasional toning and staining. Contemporary calf; worn, lower board detached, upper joint weak. Burgundy cloth chemise, quarter red morocco slipcase.

The first work of Judaica to be produced by the first Jewish publisher in America. Benjamin Gomez was the first Jewish publisher in America, issuing a handful of books such as Christian Economy and Visions of John Bunyan from 1792 onward. This volume was his first offering with any relation to Judaism.

The first text by the prominent but controversial English theologian Joseph Priestley comprises a number of conversion exhortations. The second work is a point-by-point rebuttal of Priestley’s arguments by the eminent Jewish writer and printer David Levi.


Celebration of My Country 129; ESTC W13582; Evans 27555; Rosenbach, American Jewish Bibliography 93, 95