Boston: Printed by R. and S. Draper, for the Honorable and Reverend the President and Fellows of Harvard-College, 1763. ,v,,83pp. Half title. Contemporary half calf and marbled paper boards, raised bands. Binding rubbed and worn. Contemporary gift and ownership inscriptions on front pastedown, front free endpaper, and titlepage. Two-inch tear to upper margin of leaf D4 (no loss to text). Some tanning and foxing. About very good. Item #WRCAM43046C
An interesting association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Ensign Mann's Book. A Gift of ye. Revd. Timo. Harrington." Timothy Harrington (1715-95) was long-time minister of the First Church in Lancaster, Massachusetts, from 1748 until his death. The recipient, Ensign Mann (1740-1829), added his own inscription in Latin. Mann was a well-known schoolmaster and tutor in Lancaster until 1768 when he settled in Petersham, Massachusetts, and became leader of the Sons of Liberty there. Stephen Sewall (1734-1804) was professor of Hebrew at Harvard and was one of the leading scholars of his day, specializing in Oriental languages and Hebrew. In 1761, Sewall succeeded Judah Monis as instructor in Hebrew at Harvard, a position Sewall held for more than twenty years.
This is the second Hebrew grammar produced in America, preceded only by a work by Monis published in 1735. Rosenbach asserts that the Hebrew types used in it were destroyed by fire in 1764. The final twenty-three pages are comprised of a study of Hebrew poetry. ROSENBACH AMERICAN JEWISH 43. GOLDMAN, HEBREW PRINTING IN AMERICA 172. EVANS 9514. ESTC W20434. SABIN 79458, 42873.