Publisher: London: Printed by J. D. for Richard Chiswell, 1680.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Wing B5772; ESTC R7379; Foxcroft & Clarke, A Life of Burnet, page 527.
Condition: A little tightly bound, but a fine copy.
Book ID: 28186
Description4to, 20th century quarter vellum, gray paper boards, black spine lettering.
CommentsA pamphlet attributed to Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), the influential theologian and prolific writer on all things theological in England and Scotland in the latter part of the 17th century. Conversion & Persecutions of Eve Cohan is a melodramatic but apparently factually based account of the religious conversion of Cohan, who became Elizabeth Verboon upon her conversion, and the travails she endured to escape alleged attempts by Jews to rescind that conversion. The narrative is similar to the plot of a play, with a full cast of characters: a father; an abusive mother; a music teacher and proselytizer; a loyal servant; a London solicitor for Jews; other Jewish converts; good Samaritans; a landlord and landlady; et al. Burnet was a self-described Latitudinarian, but he took sides on the anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic movements, although often anonymously. He was identified as the author of this tract in publisher's advertisements. Bookplate on the front paste-down of Alfred Rubens (1903-1998), the eminent British collector of Judaica. Laid in is a letter to Rubens from E. P. Goldschmidt & Co., dated May 18, 1933, offering this copy and noting: "We beg to point out that we find a copy of this tract in Maggs Catalogue of Judaica, No. 467 (1925), item 138, at the price of £6.6.0" - or three times the price Goldschmidt was offering it.