New York: Printed by G.L. Birch & Co., 1820. 214pp. 16mo. Modern paper-covered boards, leather label. Leaves a bit tanned, else very good. Item #WRCAM55522
An interesting work on saving and thrift by a consequential American diplomat. Most of the essays blame poverty and bankruptcy on moral faults such as reckless spending and devotion to fashion. Among the examples of moral failings Noah offers are rowdy teens at a late-night oyster house, and Wall Street wives bidding recklessly at a silverware auction. Mordecai Noah (1785- 1851) was U.S. Consul in Tunis during the Barbary Wars, and as such was responsible for freeing American seamen. 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. He was editor of the NATIONAL ADVOCATE in New York for over a decade beginning in 1817. SHOEMAKER 2557. WOLF, UNRECORDED JUDAICA 50. BAL 14997.