Benton Harbor, Mich. House of David, Israelite House of David as Re-organized by Mary Purnell, . Fourth edition of the House of David vegetarian cook book, but first under the Mary's City of David imprint. Original printed stippled green coated wrappers, 8.13 x 5.88 inches, [iv], II, III, , 141,  pages. One corner of the front wrapper creased; another corner slightly crimped; a nearly fine copy. Item #19230
"We, from a faith standpoint, see meat eating feeds lust and corruption, shortens life, and is altogether cruel--under which the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now." From the communal Israelite Adventist religious colony in Benton Harbor comes this first edition of their famed vegetarian cook book after the reorganization of the group under the leadership of Mary Purnell, the widow of the founder of the community, Benjamin Purnell; after Benjamin's death in 1927, the community split over leadership succession and Mary Purnell purchased a small plot of land near the original community and established the new colony that became popularly known as Mary's City of David. The group's vegetarian tenets and their well-documented entrepreneurship (the House of David barnstorming baseball teams of course are legend) led to a successful early vegetarian restaurant. Yaple 461 (state A--with the title in one line and the green wrappers). Small publisher's scratch to the wrapper imprint in an attempt to correct the misprinted colony post office box address.