(JUDAICA.) Ezra Stiles. A Discourse on Saving Knowledge: Delivered at the Instalment of the Reverend Samuel Hopkins. 48 pages. 8vo, unbound and unstitched; light toning and minor wear, a bit of tasteful conservation work, final 4 leaves apparently supplied from another volume; uncut, with half-title. Newport, RI: Solomon Southwick, 1770
A sermon preached by one prominent Congregationalist Protestant minister in honor of another. Stiles was a scholar of Hebrew who helped launch Brown University and later became president of Yale; Hopkins was an important early abolitionist. However, the sermon is probably most notable for the appearance of 5 lines of Hebrew type in a footnote to page 13, quite early for an American press. "Contains a passage in Hebrew, & an important discussion on the Trinity from statements in the Sapher Hajatzirah & rabbinical books"--Rosenbach 52. Provenance: Swann Judaica sale, 17 May 1988, lot 18 ($1000 hammer).
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