Gotham and the Gothamites. A Medley

Judah, Samuel Benjamin Helbert

Publication Date: 1823
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(AMERICAN JUDAICA). [Judah, Samuel Benjamin Helbert]. Gotham and the Gothamites. A Medley. New York: Published for the author, by S. King, 1823. Small 12mo. lvi, 93, [1] p. Original printed paper-covered boards. Untrimmed and largely unopened. Endpapers slightly foxed, boards a bit scuffed and worn at extremities, else a remarkably well preserved copy, and with the entire spine and letterpress title intact. First edition of a libelous satire of New York society by one of the earliest Jewish-American literary figures. Judah (1804-1876) published seven books between 1820 and 1827, all of which met with little critical acclaim. Immediately after the publication of Gotham and the Gothamites, Judah caused handbills to be posted throughout the city, offering a reward for the discovery of the author. He then wrote anonymous letters to many of the individuals he had mentioned in the book, calling their attention to the book's publication. One of the many prominent New Yorkers skewered in the text was Judah's Jewish playwriting contemporary, Mordecai Manuel Noah, who is the subject of ten footnoted pages. Judah was sued for libel, found guilty, fined, and sent to prison, but was pardoned by the governor five weeks later because of ill health. He was subsequently admitted to the bar and practiced law in New York for the remainder of his life. Shoemaker 12971; BAL 11020; Rosenbach, American Jewish Bibliography, 242. Bookseller Inventory # 11952

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Title: Gotham and the Gothamites. A Medley

Publication Date: 1823

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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