THOROWGOOD, THOMAS. c.15951669.
Jewes in America, or Probabilities that the Americans are of that Race. London: Thomas Slater, 1650.
(a)-(e)4 B-S4 T2. , 136,  pp. 4to (181 x 135 mm). Modern calf gilt, antique. Evenly toned, tiny marginal repair to title-page, lacking 2 preliminaries (license leaf and the leaf of "Probabilities").
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST ENGLISH BOOK TO THEORIZE THAT THE AMERICANS ARE ONE OF THE LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL. Thorowgood reasons, "The Indians do themselves relate things of their Ancestors suteable to what we read in the Bible ... They constantly and strictly separate their women in a little wigwam by themselves in their feminine seasons ... they hold that Nanawitnawit (a God overhead) made the Heavens and the Earth." Also, "The rites, fashions, ceremonies, and opinions of the Americans are in many things agreeable to the custom of the Jewes, not only prophane and common usages, but such as he called solemn and sacred." Thorowgood was one of the Westminster Assembly of Divines appointed to restructure the Church of England. Howes T229. See also Karp, From the Ends of the Earth: Judaic treasures of the Library of Congress, 1991.
Acquisition: purchased from William Reese Company, 2000, $7,500.