In January 2015, I received a copy of Henry Yaple’s A Descriptive Bibliography of Imprints from the Israelite House of David and Mary’s City of David 1902-2010 from Christian Goodwillie of Hamilton College. This book lists the various books printed at the two colonies’ print shops. I was excited to receive it and immediately read it from cover to cover. The one thing that stuck out was Henry’s entry number 392: Free Press of the House of Israel (illustrated on page 202 of this issue), the one imprint that Henry had not found in any of the collections that he went through while researching his book. This pamphlet from 1894 is believed to be Benjamin Purnell’s first writing. Its existence was substantiated only through reprints in the House of David’s monthly newsletter, Shiloh’s Messenger of Wisdom and in publications about Mary and Benjamin’s travels. I now had a new White Whale to find. . . .
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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