New York. 1819. vi,,431,,xlvii pp. plus frontispiece and four plates (one folding). Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, neatly rebacked with original spine laid down, edges stained yellow. Boards rubbed. Later ownership inscriptions on front endpapers, scattered notations on some leaves, frontispiece with pencil embellishment. Light foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM51854
Noah was U.S. Consul in Tunis during the Barbary Wars, and as such was responsible for freeing American seamen. The present account is based on his experiences while in that office, in addition to his travels in Europe. Noah was notable as one of the first American Jews to hold an important diplomatic post and was ultimately removed from office for anti-Semitic reasons. This volume prints letters of support from Jefferson, Madison, and John Adams. The Jefferson letter is particularly famous for its support for fairness to Jewish citizens. SMITH N17. ROSENBACH 205. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 48941.