Pinto, Isaac de. Letters on the American Troubles

AUCTION 14 | Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 at 1:00
Important Hebrew Printed Books and Manuscripts From the Library of the London Beth Din

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Lot 18

Pinto, Isaac de. Letters on the American Troubles

FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. An unopened and uncut copy pp.(2),89. Touch discolored. Unbound. 8vo Roth B20, 46

London: for John Boosey and John Forbes 1776

Est: $1,500 - $2,000
Philosopher and economist of Portuguese-Jewish origin, Isaac de Pinto (1717-87) born in Bordeaux, lived most of his life in Holland. A deeply cultured Jew of the Enlightenment he used his combative pen to defend Jewish (- some have suggested, primarily Sephardic - ) honor. A profound political economist, his conservative positions led him to oppose popular democracy and thus the American Revolution, and defend the economic rights of the colonial powers, encouraging them to unite to maintain peace and social harmony. See EJ, XIII cols.553-4