THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM TO THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. VOL. 2 ONLY, COVERING THE 13TH -19TH CENTURIES.

Adams, Hannah

Published by Boston, J. Eliot, Jr. ,, 1812
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Period quarter leather, 12mo, 338 pages. 1st edition of the first modern sympatheic history of the Jews by a non-Jew. Singerman 0218. Rosenbach 162. Shaw & Shoemaker 24528. Volume 2 only, but complete for the medieval and modern period. Hannah Adams (1755- 1831) was "an early American historian and pioneer in the field of comparative religion, was also the first [female] American author to make a living solely from writing. She was the first historian of religions ever to try to represent sects and denominations in terms which adherents themselves used and from their perspective . During the Revolutionary War one of the boarding students [of her father] gave Adams a copy of Thomas Broughton's An Historical Dictionary of All Religions from the Creation of the World to This Perfect Time, 1742. Reading Broughton ‘awakened my curiosity, ’ she later wrote . In 1778 she began to compile a new reference work according to her own rules. She resolved ‘to avoid giving the least preference of one denomination above another’ and to present the arguments and sentiments of each sect in believers' own words, according to the group's ‘general collective sense. ’ . In a society whose elite valued education and faith, Adams became a dinner and house-party star . Adams's wide knowledge made her a staple in liberal New England's social whirl. She even enjoyed a two-week stay at the home of her distant cousin, John Adams, second President of the United States .She succeeded through personal relations with the affluent . Her later works included History of the Jews, 1812 . Among short articles on Adams are Conrad C. Wright, "Adams, Hannah, " Notable American Women 1607-1950 (1971) ; Carol Berkin, "Adams, Hannah, " American National Biography (1999) ; and Elizabeth Curtiss, "Hannah Adams: Biographical Sketch, " in Dorothy Emerson, ed. , Standing Before Us (2000) " (Curtiss in Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography, 2013) . Light wear, Very Good Condition. (amr-45-3). Bookseller Inventory # 32303

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Title: THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS FROM THE DESTRUCTION...

Publisher: Boston, J. Eliot, Jr. ,

Publication Date: 1812

Edition: 1st Edition

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