L'ESTRANGE, HAMON. 1583-1654.
Americans no Jewes, or Improbabilities that the Americans are of that race. London: Henry Seile, 1652.
A2 B-L4. , 80 pp. 4to (174 x 127 mm). Modern full green morocco gilt by Riviere, all edges gilt. Top corners of binding just showing and a few minor scuffs.
THE BRINLEY COPY, FINE FIRST EDITION of this point-by-point refutation of Thorowgood's treatise (see preceding lot). L'Estrange points up many erroneous particulars in the latter treatise and makes the general point that America was peopled long before the dispersal of the Jews, which took place 1500 years after the Flood. However, the theory that Native Americans descend from the Lost Tribes has had a strange hold on American history, notably among Mormons. Brinley 5421; Church 517; Howes L273; Sabin 40231.
Provenance: booklabel of George Brinley; sold by Edward Eberstadt & Sons in 1951.
Acquisition: purchased from William Reese Company, 2000, $7,500.