New York: Printed by William A. Davis, 1797. First American edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo. 240pp. Period 3/4 red leather over brown marbled paper boards. The work is British-Jewish scholar David Levi's (1742–1801) defense of the Old Testament, in light of recent attacks leveled at biblical authority and organized religion by the famed Anglo-American revolutionary and thinker Thomas Paine, in his 1793 work "The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology". Levi's writings are addressed directly to Paine himself, and the tone is defiant and self-righteous. Although most religious and biblical apologists who refuted Paine's claims during the period came from a Christian perspective, the work is notable as being among the only from a Jewish perspective. Levi is considered the first Jewish writer to write polemics in defense of Judaism using the English language.
A binding copy, with front board and spine almost completely separated from the back board, and book block detached (but still tight). Boards rubbed along extremities and scratched on the covers. Book block stained along the edge at the bottom. Binding in poor, interior in good+ condition overall. poor to g+. Item #48604
Alternate title: A Defense of the Old Testament (the title page spells defense with a "c")
Bibliographic referenses: Evans 32376, Rosenbach 114, Singerman 0114.