Boston: American Unitarian Association, (1910). First edition. Hardcover. , 42 pp., small octavo, white cloth and gilt blue boards. Spine slightly darkened, a few spots to front board, else very good. Item #22729
Inscribed and signed by the author on front free endpaper: "'The force of arms must be kept far from the gospel,' David Starr Jordon, Palo Alto, California, February 24, 1911." David Starr Jordan (1851-1931) was the first president of Stanford University, serving from the University's opening in 1891 to 1913, when he took the post of Chancellor until his retirement in 1916. His educational background included an MA degree in Botany from Cornell University (1872); MD from Indiana Medical College (1975). He was professor of zoology at Indiana University, Bloomington from 1879 until his appointment in 1885 as President of the University. He was also an ichthyologist, peace activist, and eugenicist. A complex figure! Ulrich von Hutton (1488-1533), the subject of this book, was a German knight, poet, and scholar. He was a contemporary follower of Martin Luther and active critic of the Catholic church.