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Travels in England, France, Spain, and the Barbary States in the Years 1813-14 and 15

Noah, Mordecai Manuel

Published by Kirk and Mercein, New York, 1819
Condition: poor Hardcover
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8vo. vi,[1],431,xlviipp. Original calf. Frontispiece engraving of author. Inside bottom corner of frontispiece chipped, water staining on same leaf. Illustrated with four engraved plates showing Algiers, the Fortress of Goletta near Tunis (in fold-out, separated in two pieces), Merchant Slave & Arab, and Abdallah American Drogaman. Mordecai Noah (1785-1851) was an American journalist, diplomat, and playwright. He was the first American born Jew to reach national prominence as well as the most important Jewish lay leader in New York prior to the Civil War. This work is a fascinating account of Noah's experiences of his travels through England, France and Spain. His final destination was Tunis where he assumed his position as U.S. Consul. Noah was the first Jew ever to be appointed as an American foreign diplomat. Includes printed copies of letters to Noah by Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State, James Monroe. The letter by Monroe on behalf of President Madison revoked Noah's position as Consul. In his answer to Monroe, Noah expresses that "the receipt of this letter shocked me inexpressively; at this moment, at such a time, and in such a place, to receive a letter, which at once stripped me of office, of rights, of honour, and credit, was sufficient to astonish and dismay a person of stronger nerves." The appendix discusses his controversial recall which might have been due to his religion. Heavy age wear and abrasions on binding. Wear, tearing and chipping on spine. 3/4" x 5" piece on top-edge of title-page cut out, not affecting text. Water staining and foxing to most pages throughout. Some leaves creased. Hinges starting. Binding in poor, interior in overall fair condition. Bookseller Inventory # 26690

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Title: Travels in England, France, Spain, and the ...

Publisher: Kirk and Mercein, New York

Publication Date: 1819

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:poor

Edition: First edition.

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