Item #021508 THE AGE OF REVELATION. OR THE AGE OF REASON SHEWN TO BE AN AGE OF INFIDELITY. Elias BOUDINOT.

THE AGE OF REVELATION. OR THE AGE OF REASON SHEWN TO BE AN AGE OF INFIDELITY

Philadelphia: Asbury Dickins, 1801. First Edition. Hardcover. Contemporary sheep leather (5-1/8" x 8-1/2"); [ii], 232, [2] pages. Complete with half-title and errata. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper: "Presented to the Library of Harvard College by the Author." An answer to Thomas Paine by a distinguished New Jersey statesman who at the time was the second director of the U.S. Mint (1795-1805). Elias Boudinot, an American revolutionary statesman serving as commissary-general of prisoners and colonel in the continental army (he was with George Washington at Valley Forge), as well as president (1782-1783) and secretary for foreign affairs of the Continental Congress, signed the treaties of peace with Great Britain and of alliance with the French king. He also helped ratify the United States Constitution in New Jersey and conducted Washington into New York for the first inauguration. He was a member of the House of Representatives and the first counsellor named by the United States Supreme Court. Boudinot was also a trustee and benefactor of Princeton University and a founder and first president of the American Bible Society. This is one of his two best known books, the other being A STAR IN THE WEST, OR A HUMBLE ATTEMPT TO DISCOVER THE LONG LOST TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL (1816), an attempt to prove that the American Indians may be the lost tribes. Books signed by him are quite scarce. A note in a 1924 description for the sale of this title by Anderson Galleries states: "Very rare. Not in Sabin and apparently no record of sale at Auction." Remnants of Boudinot's bookplate on the front pastedown with small paper label above it. Text quite clean, early 20th century ink inscription below Boudinot's inscription; rubbing to spine and joints, "Harvard College" in gilt at base of spine, covers tight. Very Good. Item #021508

Price: $1,000.00

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