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Publications of the House of David [subseries]
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Aged script prophesies 7 angels will pour fire on beast of Armageddon(Benton Harbor, Mich.: Israelite House of David [1917]) 8 p.

(Allen annotation: Predictions by Brother Johannes, a sixteenth century French monk. Only a few copies were printed for members.)

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Alphabetical index to Shiloh's messenger of wisdom(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David [1926]) 70 p.

(Allen annotation: A dozen copies of this index were printed at the time of the state trial in 1926. About three copies were bound and the balance left in sewn sections. Most of this balance were destroyed in the print shop fire. This is one of the three copies that survived.)

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Answers, and criticism of so called authors of booklet called Fall and rise of Man[Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1917] 31 p.

(Allen annotation: Though presented as the work of an ex-colony member written in support of the teachings of the House of David it May be definitely credited to the pen of Benjamin. The pamphlet criticized was written by former members attempting to establish a rival colony (Golden Age Publishing Co.))

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The ascent to the mount of vision / Jane Lead [Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1932] 60 p.
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[Benjamin's special song book] [Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, c 1926] [32] p.

(Allen annotation: 14 songs issued in a very small edition for members of the colony close to Benjamin.)

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A bird's eye view of the conspiracy against the House of David[Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1924]) 16 p.

(Allen annotation: Written by Judge Dewhirst. Printing of this pamphlet was not authorized by Benjamin and at the urging of attorney Wm. Barnard and others distribution was suppressed. It is likely that a very few copies escaped and were circulated but it must be considered quite rare.)

 
Book of dialogues1st ed.(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1912-1914) (5 volumes)
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Book 1(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1912) 126 p.
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Book 2(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1912) 125 p.
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Book 3(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1912) 127 p.

(Allen annotation: Cover title underscored with red rules, tree type motifs on cover printed in red.)

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Book 3(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1914]) 127 p.

(Allen annotation: Although marked "First edition" and dated 1912 this is in reality the 2nd edition. Cover title underscored with dark blue rules, tree motifs in blue and imprint set in different type.)

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Book 4(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1913) 124 p.
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Book 5(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1914) 125 p.
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The book of Henoch the prophet, literally translated from the Ethiopic / by Richard Laurence, archbishop of Cashel, late professor of Hebrew in the University of Oxford. A reprint from an edition edited, with variations, and published by John Thomson, Glasgow, 1882 (Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1912) 112 p.

(Allen annotation: The 1st House of David edition. Printed in blue ink with brown laid paper wraps. The cover title is within yellow and black ruled border. Cover title reads "The book of Enoch" Israelite House of David. The paper of the first edition is somewhat thinner than of the second.)

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The book of Henoch the prophet, literally translated from the Ethiopic / by Richard Laurence, archbishop of Cashel, late professor of Hebrew in the University of Oxford. A reprint from an edition edited, with variations, and published by John Thomson, Glasgow, 1882 (Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1912 [i.e. 193-]) 110 p. (2 copies)

(Allen annotation: 2nd House of David edition. The work was completely reset in different type. The wraps are brown leather grained paper. The wrapper title is within a single brown rule border. "Book of Enoch" House of David. Although still bearing the 1912 date, printing of this edition was not accomplished until the early 1930s and carries the Dewhirst imprint "House of David.".])

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The book of Jasher : from Adam to the Flood(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1915]) 23 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st ed.])

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The book of Jasher : from Adam to the Flood(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1917]) 23 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd ed.)

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The book of Jasher : from Adam to the Flood (Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, [1935]) 23 p. (4 copies (Copies are, tan, blue, two shades of green))

(Allen annotation: 3rd ed. The issue in tan, leather grained wraps May have priority. There is another issue of this second [sic] printing recognizable by its green wraps and a third issue in blue wraps.)

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"Book of life." Open "In the hand of the angel."--Rev. 10:2 "The word of God." Rev. 19:13 "The everlasting gospel."--Rev. 14:6 ... A message addressed to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad greeting([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1903]) 20 p. (2 copies)

(1 copy is a photocopy with slightly different pagination. Title revised in mss. to read: The little book of life [Allen annotation: Without doubt the earliest printing for the colony at Benton Harbor though quite likely not printed by the colony.])

 
A book of remembrance(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, c 1931)

(Cover title: The what? where? when? why? and how? of the House of David.)

(BHL holdings according to Allen publishing history, with Allen annotations:)

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1st edition(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1931) 33 p. (Green and gilt pictorial wraps, portrait.)
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2nd edition, 1st issue.(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David) 32 p. (Portrait and 9 illustrations but the wraps are the same as the 1st edition.)
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2nd edition, 2nd issue(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1935 ?) 32 p. (Differing from the 1st edition only in the style of wraps and lacking three of the illustrations printed in the 1st edition.)
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2nd edition variant (Not described by Allen. Different style of wraps.)
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3rd edition(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1938?) 32 p.

(Considerably revised with additional information on the cold storage plant built in 1937. Six of the plates and illustrations have been deleted. Typographical error on page 17, line 30.)

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Reprint(1950) 32 p. ([Reprint of 3rd edition with typographical errors on page 17 corrected.] (with differing styles of wraps))
 
Later revision(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, after 1960) 31 p.

(Appears to be a late-20th-century revision.)

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Book of rules

(see Rules and regulations for the kingdom of God's sake)

 
The book of wisdom(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1904-])

[Allen annotation: The Books of wisdom were the second of Benjamin's divine writings and were second only to the "Star of Bethlehem" in importance. While the message of the Star is, for the most part, aimed at the followers of the previous messengers, the Books of wisdom are a basic introduction and catechism of the Israelite faith.]

(BHL note: The Book of wisdom was issued first as a single volume of 64 pages in 1904. The BHL collection does not include a copy of the 1904 volume. The book was Expanded to four volumes of 64 pages in 1905. The BHL collections includes only books two and three. In 1908 the fire in the print shop destroyed the stock and plates. The set then was revised to 100 pages and extended to five volumes. In 1912 the set was further expanded to its final form with the printing of the sixth and seventh volumes. In its final form the first six volumes contain a prefatory message titled "Images and likenesses" signed by Mary and Benjamin. After the division in 1930 those copies remaining in stock were subjected to a symbolic erasure of Mary's name.)

 
Original Printing
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Book 2. 64 p. (The wraps are pale blue. The cover title is within a single thin rule border. The trumpet insignia is the early simple form. There is no frontis, preface or the preliminary article "Images and likenesses." The only other publication offered for sale is the Star obtainable from "Mary and Benjamin or the House of David." The text is printed in blue ink. No title page, cover and caption title only.)
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Book 3. 64 p. (Similar to Book 2, wraps are red.)
 
Circa 1910 printing
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Book 1 (blue wraps, no portrait, no prelims, no publication list)
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Book 2 (Pale brick orange wraps, thin, thick rule surrounding cover title, no publication list. Type 1 portrait of Benjamin. Text printed in blue ink. There is no imprint on the wrapper.)
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Book 3 (2 copies (Cover title within thin, thick rule, wraps ivory colored. No publication list. Type 1 portrait of Benjamin. Lack of cover imprint corrected by rubber stamping 1st leaf. Text printed in blue ink. A few copies were issued in wraps intended for Book 1))
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Book 4 (2 copies (Cover title within thin, thick rules. Type 1 frontis portrait of Benjamin. Some copies lack cover imprint which has been corrected by rubber stamping the first leaf. Text printed in blue ink.))
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Book 5 (Cover title within thin, thick rules. Wraps very pale blue color. No imprint on cover. Copies with type 1 and type 2 portrait. Text printed in blue ink.)
 
Circa 1912 printing
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Book 6[1st edition.] (2 copies (Cover title within thin, thick rules, type 1 frontis portrait of Benjamin. Blue wraps. Text printed in blue ink.))
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Book 7[1st edition.] (Cover title within thin, thick rules. Type 1 frontis portrait of Benjamin. Text printed in blue ink.)
 
Circa 1913 printing

(BHL note: In the publication list only the first four Dialogue books are offered. It seems logical to assume that this issue was prior to 1914 when the 5th Book of dialogues was issued but must date 1912 or after when the first four Dialogue books were issued. Copies without the literature list were for the membership.])

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Book 1 (2 copies (The wraps are red, cover title within thin, thick rules. Type 1 frontis portrait. The text is printed in blue ink.))
 
Book 4 (Cover title within thin, thick, thin rules, type 2 frontis portrait of Benjamin. 4 Dialogue books offered. Ball of fire not offered. Wraps pale blue. Some copies have type 1 portrait.)
 
Circa 1914 printing
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Book 1

(Issued in 1914 on basis of publication list.)

(Red wraps. Cover title within thin, thick, thin rules. Type 2 frontis portrait. Text printed in blue.)
 
Circa 1916 printing
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Book 6 (2 copies ([Cover title within thin, thick, thin rules. Blue wraps. Type 3 frontis portrait of Benjamin. Ball of fire vol. 1 and 2 offered in publication list. Text printed in black ink. On later printings the Israelite House of David imprint has been altered to read House of David.]))
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Book 7[2nd edition]. (4 copies ([Cover title within thin, thick, thin rules. Blue gray wraps. Type 4 frontis portrait of Benjamin. Text printed in black ink. In later printings the Israelite House of David imprint has been altered to read House of David.]))
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Circa 1917 printing
 
Book 1 ([White wraps with three color cuts of flag and eagle. Trumpet insignia printed in red. Wrapper title within a border of chain links. Text printed in black ink. Type 2 frontis portrait.])
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Book 1 (2 copies ([Pink wraps with two color cut of flag and eagle. Trumpet insignia printed in red. Wrapper title within equal size rules. Type 4 frontis portrait. Text printed in flack ink. A later is sue has the wrapper title within thick, thin rules and the wrapper with the flag and eagle cut is printed in one color. Text printed in black ink. Type 4 frontis portrait.]))
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Book 5 (2 copies ([Cover title within thin, thick, thin rules. Very pale blue color. Type 2 frontis portrait of Benjamin. Ball of fire, etc., offered in publication list. Text printed in black ink.]))
 
Circa 1918 printing
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Book 1 (2 copies ([Pink wraps, cover printed in one color. Thick thin ruled border.]))
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Book 2 (2 copies ([Darker orange wraps, cover title within thin, thick, thin rules. Publication list offers Ball of fire, Books of poetry, Eden paradisiacal liberty. Type 4 portrait. Text printed in black ink.]))
 
1970 printing
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Book 2 ([Photo offset reprint])
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Book 3 ([Photo offset reprint])
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Book 4 (2 copies ([Photo offset reprint]))
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Book 5 (2 copies ([Photo offset reprint]))
 
Unidentified printing
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Book 2 ([appears to be photo offset reprint])
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Book 3 ([appears to be photo offset reprint])
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The book of wisdom(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1904-] (6 volumes)

(Books 1-6 [Allen annotation: Various issues. This set belonged to Bessie Daniels who betrayed Benjamin Purnell to the police in 1927.])

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Brief concordance to the Star of Bethlehem(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1910 ?]) 158 p.

(Allen annotation: A few copies were printed up for the use of the colony officers and for the preachers. Printed in black and/or blue ink on cheap paper. Most of the copies were later bound up with the Star in the one volume edition.] (BHL has photocopy of cover only))

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Brief pocket concordance to "Extracts" and "Private Word"([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1905]) 36, 17 p. (2 copies)

(Allen annotation: Contains "Extracts from John Wroe" and "Extracts from the 'Extracts.'"])

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Brief points of Benjamin's travels(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1926) 30 p. Cover title: Very brief points of Benjamin's travels : which perhaps never were finished.

(Allen annotation: 1st edition. The wraps are gray in color with red printing and, strangely, the text is not printed in blue ink.)

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Brief points of Benjamin's travels(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, [1968]) 30 p. Cover title: Very brief points of Benjamin's travels : which perhaps never were finished. (2 copies)

(Allen annotation: 2nd edition. Reissued with no change of date from the 1st edition. The type has been completely reset, the wraps are buff in color and the text is printed in blue ink.)

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A brief scripture concordance(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [circa 1906]) 90 p.

(Allen annotation: completely without imprint. Intended for the use of the preachers.)

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Chorus song book(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [ca. 1920]) 73 p.

(Allen annotation: the first 43 pages are a reprint of "Song book, words by Benjamin" followed by 11 blank leaves. This is followed by a title page for the Chorus song book and pages 45-73 plus 10 blank leaves. In the only copy which it has been possible to locate mimeographed slips with additional songs have been tipped onto the blank leaves. BHL has photocopy of cover only)

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The comforter : the mother's book([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1908]) 208 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st edition. This was the first of Mary's "Comforters." The frontis portrait is of Mary. Many copies destroyed by the Dewhirst faction, at the time of the separation.)

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The comforter : the mother's book. Book 2. 1st ed.(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1912) 144 p. (2 copies)
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Copy of a letter written by J. J. Jezreel August 30th, 1882([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1905]) 7 p.

(Allen annotation: The work is without imprint or any printing information to connect it with the House of David.)

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Correspondence with W.J. Barnard and other matters of general interest to the members([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1928]) 35 p.
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The dark and bright side of man and woman(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1931) 16 p.

(Allen annotation: This originally appeared in "Dialogues 1 to 20" printed 1908. At the time of the separation and ill feeling between the rival colonies it was rediscovered and reissued as a none to subtle attack on Mary Purnell. The initial leaf bears "Copyright 1931 House of David, Benton Harbor, Mich." Distribution was probably intended more for members of the faith and those sympathetic to the colony than for the general public.)

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Debate references, Earth and Sun([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1905-1910) 6 p.

(Allen annotation: Only a few copies printed and not intended for general distribution, but for the use of the preachers. There is no imprint or printing information. The references are to the writings of John Wroe, James Jezreel, Benjamin and the scriptures.)

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Dialogue between the angel Uriel and Esdras([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1915]) 51 p.

(Allen annotation: Without imprint. Players script with instructions.)

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Dialogue--Locating paradise([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1908]) 27 p.
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Dialogues 1 to 20([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1908]) 127 p.

(Allen annotation: without imprint. The first printing of the dialogues used at the auditorium at the colony and sometimes by the traveling preachers. Selected dialogues were later printed up in the five Books of dialogues for distribution to the general public. This volume was for the use of the cast only.)

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Dialogues 21 to 27([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1908]) p. 128-259

(Allen annotation: Paper labeled stiff wraps. The label calls for dialogues 21 to 27. This has been corrected in mss. to read 21 to 29 (as the volume contains). No imprint of any sort. Intended for members participating in the dialogues only. These dialogues are based mainly on the dissensions between Benjamin's followers and the 5th and 6th churches.)

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Dialogues 21 to 29([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1908]) p. 128-257

(Allen annotation: Stiff wraps with title printed on wrap. Pages 128 through 223 correspond with "Dialogues 21 to 27," The balance from pages 224 has been revised and reset, reducing final page in this volume to 257. there are two dialogues numbered 27 thus this work actually contains dialogues 21-30.)

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Dialogues 31 to 36([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1910]) p. 236-404

(Allen annotation: Without imprint. There is a hiatus in the pagination. This volume as a continuation, should begin with page 260. Portions of these dialogues were printed later as part of the Books of dialogues for public distribution however this volume was for the use of the cast and was not given general distribution among the membership.)

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Dialogues 37 to 39([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1910]) 32 p.

(Allen annotation: No imprint whatsoever. These dialogues were presented for the membership only and were not for the general public. These pamphlets were in the form of a script for the use of the participants in learning their lines.)

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Dialogue 40([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1910]) 20 p.

(Allen annotation: This dialogue sets forth the Israelite views on Christmas. Again this would appear to be a misnumbering as there is a dialogue 40 included in Dialogues 40 to 43.)

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Dialogues 40 to 43([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1910]) 80 p.

(Allen annotation: Annotation identical to that for Dialogues 37 to 39.)

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Dialogue 44([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1916]) 48 p.

(Allen annotation: The final number in the series of dialogues and one of the most elaborate having a cast of 73. As with the "Rule book" and the "Perjury books" this is in bright pink wrappers. Copies of the dialogue or play, as the wrapper indicates, were not to be distributed.)

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[Dialogues: no collective title] ([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1906]) 16, 12, 22, 12, p.

(includes "A controversy between Jew and Gentile and Israel," "A dialogue between Jew and Gentile and Israel," New Year dialogue," "A dialogue between Jew and Gentile and Israel.")

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[Dialogues: no collective title] ([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1906]) [69], 8, 85 p.

(includes "A dialogue and controversy between Jew, Gentile and Israel," "A dialogue and controversy between Jew, Gentile and Israel," "A controversy between the House of David and the two old houses")

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Eden's paradisical liberty : prohibition(?) temperance(?). Book 1(Benton Harbor, Mich.: House of David, c 1916) 29 p.

(BHL has photocopy only)

(Allen annotation: Strangely enough Book 1 states on the title page "Copyright 1916." This would indicate Book 1 was issued after Book 2 (1915). This is probably explained by the fact that all or nearly all the material appeared first in "Scriptures are in favor of wet")

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Eden's paradisical liberty : prohibition(?) temperance(?). Book 2(Benton Harbor, Mich.: House of David, c 1915) 33 p.
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Elocution(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1914) 8 p.

(Allen annotation: Completely without imprint information. Although innocent appearing this was for the purpose of speech training for those members who might be called to appear as court witnesses in the Fortney trial. Some use was later made of this by the preachers for self cultivation. As in the case of the "Rule book" and the "Perjury books" the wraps are bright pink.)

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Extracts from Book no. 2 entitled Eden's paradisical liberty : prohibition(?) temperance(?) : prove all things before voting! Folder no. 5. ([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1916]) 4 p.

(BHL has photocopy only)

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Extracts from the books of Esdras, Tobit, Wisdom of Solomon, Book of Enoch(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1906?) 28 p.

(Allen annotation: Chapter and verse pertinent to the Israelite faith have been extracted from various apocryphal works. Only a few copies printed for limited distribution to the preachers and membership.)

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A few brief facts concerning the House of David : its purpose, government, home life, industries; and also about joining the commonwealth(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, [1930]) 4 p.

(Allen annotation: Issued immediately following the separation but in use for only a few months.)

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A fishing expedition([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1923]) 16 p.

(BHL has photocopy only)

(Allen annotation: Undoubtedly written by Judge Dewhirst)

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The flaming ball of fire.

(For volumes 1-3 see Rolling ball of fire)

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The flaming ball of fire. Vol. 4(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, c 1925) 112 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st edition. The 1st issue is printed on cheap pulp paper. The frontis portrait is the same as in volume 3. There is no literature list. The 2nd issue is on coated paper stock with the exception of the title page which appears to be a utilization of an overrun from the 1st issue. The frontis portrait is the same as the 1st issue and there is no literature list.)

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1st issue (2 copies)
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2nd issue (3 copies)
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The flaming ball of fire. Vol. 5(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, c 1925) 112 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st edition. The 1st issue is printed on cheap pulp paper. The frontis portrait is the same as in volume 3. There is no literature list. The second issue is printed on coated paper stock.)

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1st issue (2 copies)
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2nd issue (3 copies)
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The flaming ball of fire. Vol. 6(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, c 1925) 110 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st edition. 1st printing on cheap pulp paper. In addition to the regular frontis portrait of Benjamin there is a second frontis portrait of Benjamin seated on a white horse. A 2nd printing is on coated stock. There is no literature list. Portrait as in volume 3 and an additional one of Benjamin seated on a white horse.)

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1st issue (2 copies)
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2nd issue (3 copies)
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Fun in a vaudeville agency([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1915]) 16 p.

(Allen annotation: Without imprint. Script for the use of the actors in this comedy presented at the colony park. Strictly for amusement with no religious undertones.)

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Garden of Eden dialogue([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1908]) 25 p.

(Allen annotation: Without imprint. A dialogue version of material that was later to be printed as "Where did Cain get his wife." Copies were printed up for use of the cast in presenting the play at the colony's auditorium but were not given general distribution among the membership.)

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The House of David : its purpose, government, home life, industries, vocations and requirements for membership(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1940) 24 p.

(Allen annotation: Although undated internal evidences indicate a printing after 1937. Said to have been written by Judge Dewhirst.)

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[House of David song book] ([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1932]) 33 p.

(Allen annotation: Without imprint or title, a preliminary issue, on poor paper, of the revised song book for the membership, typographical variation on page 22 and without index.)

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House of David song book([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1932]) 33 p. (2 copies (blue and white))

(Allen annotation: Copies are bound in both blue and white wraps.)

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[Hymns] ([Benton Harbor, Mich. Israelite House of David, ca. 1908-1910]) 136 p.

(Allen annotation: Without title page or imprint. This greatly expanded hymnal replaced the small "Songs of the House of David" issued ca. 1905. contains 138 hymns.)

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I inquired of one of the angels concerning this Son of Man; who he was; whence he was; and why he accompanied the Ancient of Days([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1905]) 7 p

(BHL has photocopy only)

(Allen annotation: Printed on singleton leaves and then cemented at the inner margins into pamphlet form.)

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The ingathering of Israel(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, [19--]) 4 p.

(BHL has photocopy only)

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The ingathering of the children of Israel(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, 19--) 32 p.
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Instruction book and chart for tempering and hardening steel : based upon scientific laws note heretofore understood, yet always existing (Benton Harbor, Mich. : G. Wheeler & Co., [19--]) 9 p.

(Allen annotation: George Wheeler was one of Benjamin's early converts. This work was apparently printed up under the G. Wheeler & Co. imprint with a view that it would have an easier technical acceptance than had it borne the Israelite House of David imprint.)

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The invitation from the House of David([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1905]) 22 p.
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Israel's work both natural and spiritual([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 19--]) 2 p.

(BHL has photocopy only)

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John Wroe reference book(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1905) 61 p. (2 copies)
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Joseph in Egypt : Joseph sold into Egypt, and deliverance of Jacob's family : descriptive dialogue in seven acts(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1913) 60 p.
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The key of the House of David(Benton Harbor, Mich : House of David 1911-) 32 p.

Allen identifies four printings but without sufficient description to match BHL holdings. Allen printings:

  1. 1st edition, printed during the winter of 1910-1911
  2. 2nd edition, 1917 with the flag and eagle cut on the upper wrap;
  3. 3rd edition, ca. 1928 flag and eagle within single rule border;
  4. ca. 1930s there are two issues of this edition, differing only in that one has the wrapper title within a single heavy rule border and the other has the title within a double, thin, thick border.

The BHL holdings are grouped into six sets based on physical characteristics.

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Set 1. Allen 2nd ed., publisher "Israelite House of David, Benton Harbor" (Grayish tan wraps, chain border, flag and eagle printed in two colors)
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Set 2. Allen 3rd ed., publisher "Israelite House of David, Benton Harbor" portrait of Benjamin without hat (Green wraps, thick border, flag and eagle printed in one color)
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Set 3. publisher "House of David, Drawer G, Benton Harbor" portrait of Benjamin with hat (3 copies (Green wraps, thick border, flag and eagle printed in one color))
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Set 4. Allen 1930s ed., publisher "House of David, P.O. Box 477, Benton Harbor" (Light green wraps, thin, thick border, flag and eagle printed in one color)
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Set 5. Allen 1930s ed., publisher "House of David, P.O. Box 477, Benton Harbor" (4 copies (Light green wraps, thick border, flag and eagle printed in one color))
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Set 6. publisher "House of David, P.O Box 1067 Benton Harbor" portrait of Benjamin with hat (Green wraps, thick border, flag and eagle printed in one color)
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Das kleine Buch(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1907) 48 p. (2 copies)

(Allen annotation: 1st edition. Allen notes copy with red wraps as later issue, ca. 1908.)

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Das kleine Buch(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1910) 48 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd edition. Pale green wraps.)

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A late brief explanation of time([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1905]) 32 p. (2 copies (1 original (damaged); 1 photocopy (complete)))
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Letter of Pontius Pilate to Caesar, the sovereign at Rome. Recorded at Rome, Italy([Los Angeles, Calif. : Anthony P. King, ca. 1910]) 8 p. (2 copies)

(Allen annotation: Originally published by Anthony P. King of Los Angeles, a few copies were secured by the colony and new wraps printed and circulated among the members. A House of David edition was issued much later.)

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Letter of Pontius Pilate to Caesar, the sovereign at Rome. Recorded at Rome, Italy(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1974]) 8 p.
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Den lilla boken : i ängelns hand(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, [ca. 1925] 34 p.

(Allen annotation: Swedish translation of "The little book" translated by a member of the colony. The date of publication was secured from a member of the colony who recalled the circumstances of its printing.)

Box   3  
The little book : in the hand of the angel. Rev. 10:2. The hand was sent unto me, and lo! a roll of a book was therein. ... Addressed to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad, greeting(Benton Harbor, Mich. : [Israelite House of David, ca. 1903]) 32 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st edition. In some copies of the first edition an appended leaf is bound in notifying of the establishment of a "Headquarters for the ingathering of Israel in Australia." These copies would be issued 1905 and after.)

Box   3  
The little book : in the hand of the angel. Rev. 10:2. The hand was sent unto me, and lo! a roll of a book was therein. ... Addressed to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad, greeting(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [ca. 1906]) 36 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd edition. Reset and revised and enlarged to 36 p. The notice of the Australian headquarters now appears printed on the inside upper wrap. The wrapper title is within a double ruled border. The trumpet insignia is of a simpler design than used on the first edition.)

Box   3  
The little book : in the hand of the angel. Rev. 10:2. The hand was sent unto me, and lo! a roll of a book was therein. ... Addressed to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad, greeting(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [ca. 1910]) 36 p.

(Allen annotation: 3rd edition again revised with considerable textual variation. This edition was used for several years without change. It is quite probable that a quantity was printed and then bound up as needed. There is a running title in this edition. Cover title within double ruled border and still a different cut of the trumpet insignia is used.)

Box   3  
The little book : in the hand of the angel. Rev. 10:2. The hand was sent unto me, and lo! a roll of a book was therein. ... Addressed to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad, greeting(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [ca. 1915]) 32 p.

(Allen annotation: 4th edition. Revised and shortened to 32 p. Some copies have a frontis portrait of Benjamin. The format is noticeably smaller.)

Box   3  
The little book : in the hand of the angel. Rev. 10:2. ... Addressed to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad, greeting(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, [19--]) 32 p. [Later printings] (6 copies)
Box   3  
Little book of life see Book of life
Box   3  
The new House of David : the bridal church of the first born son of God(Benton Harbor, Mich. : [Israelite House of David 1903]) 24 p.

(BHL copy accompanied by printed mailing envelope.)

(Allen annotation: Singleton leaves printed on one side only. Signed at end "Mary and Benjamin 144 Euclid St. Benton Harbor." Without doubt the second item printed at the colony, the first being the Star.)

Box   3  
The new House of David : the bridal church of the first born son of God(Benton Harbor, Mich. : [Israelite House of David 1904]) 23 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd edition with revisions in the text.)

Box   3  
An open letter to all members of the House of David, Benton Harbor, Mich., October 4, 1929(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1929) 7 p.

(Allen annotation: Signed at the end by Ada (Ross) and Edith (Bell).)

Box   3  
Park rule book, 1920([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1920]) 13 p.
Box   3  
Patriotic songs / by Benjamin, House of David(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, c 1918) 11 p. (2 copies)
Box   3  
Poetry by Benjamin([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1916]) 16 p.

(Allen annotation: Caption title.)

Box   3  
Poetry by Benjamin(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1917) 56 p. (2 copies)

(Allen annotation: Wrapper title: Glad tidings of great joy, peace on Earth goodwill to men. Printed in green ink.)

Box   3  
Poetry by Benjamin. Book 2(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1917) 44 p. (3 copies)

(Allen annotation: 1st edition printed on pulp paper and without the frontis portrait. Wrapper title "Laws of creation, parting of two worlds." As with the first book of poetry this is printed in green ink.)

Box   3  
Poetry by Benjamin. Book 2(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1917) 44 p.

(Allen annotation: Wrapper title: Laws of creation, parting of two worlds. As with the first book of poetry this is printed in a green ink. Second edition printed on better quality paper and with frontis portrait of Benjamin.)

Box   3  
[Preacher's concordance and references book] ([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, 190-]) 19 p.

(Allen annotation: Completely without imprint or title. First leaf was written by Benjamin although the sermons in the second section May be by Mary. The title has been supplied as a descriptive measure.)

(Photocopy.)
Box   3  
[Preacher's reference book] ([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1910]) 64 p.

(Allen annotation: Without title or imprint.)

Box   3  
Preacher's reference book(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1910) 22 p.
Box   3  
Prince of Peace and King of Glory : a descriptive account of the birth, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1913) 67 p.

(Allen annotation: Some copies have printed cancels posted in over portions of the text. Curiously enough some of these cancels have been in turn canceled.)

Box   3  
Prince of Peace and King of Glory([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1913]) 67 p.

(Allen annotation: The text is as in the regular edition prior to the cancels. There is no imprint or printing information and no publication list. These copies were for the use of the cast only.)

Box   3  
Prince of Peace, King of Glory : the ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1904]) 48 p. (2 copies)

(Allen annotation: Earliest version of this most popular of all dialogues presented by the colony. Indications are that this was the first dialogue written and internal evidence in Part 2 establish this to have been written prior to the acceptance of Benjamin as Seventh Messenger by the Australians (late fall 1904).)

Box   3  
[Prince of Peace, King of Glory]. Part 2, His second coming([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1904]) 48 p.

(Allen annotation: This can be dated from internal evidence as prior to the acceptance of Benjamin as Seventh Messenger by a portion of the Wroe Church in Australia.)

Box   3  
Principal words used in modern music : with abbreviations and explanations([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1915]) 6 p.
Box   3  
Prove all things, hold fast to the good(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Mary and Benjamin, [1906]) 80 p. (2 copies)
Box   3  
References from the Star showing we do not teach cleansing by the flesh([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 19â?â??]) 1 p.

(BHL has photocopy only)

Box   3  
A reply to H. W.'s book([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1908]) 53 p.
Box   3  
The rolling ball of fire. Vol. 1(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, c 1915) 126 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st edition. The 1st issue is printed on a cheap grade of pulp paper. The wraps are of stiff mottled paper, with white printing. The publisher' imprint on the wrapper is in slightly smaller letters than the second issue. On the frontis page appeared the words "Title registered in U.S. Patent Office." The second issue is printed on coated paper stock. The words "title registered in U.S. Patent Office" appears on the frontis of some copies but has been erased in others. The publisher's imprint on the wrapper is printed in slightly larger letters than the first issue. A third issue varies from the second only in that the reference to title being registered has been deleted from the plate. The 2nd edition, although bearing the 1915 date, was reissued shortly after the printing of the last four volumes of the set (ca. 1930). The "Star of Bethlehem" is still offered for sale in the literature list. The wraps are of a deeper green color and of stiff, grained paper and are printed in black ink. The paper is coated stock.)

Box   3  
1st edition, 1st issue (2 copies)
Box   3  
1st edition, 1st issue

(Benjamin's frontis portrait removed and frontis plate for vol. 2 inserted)

Box   3  
1st edition 2nd issue
Box   3  
2nd edition

(2 copies with slight variation)

Box   3  
The rolling ball of fire. Vol. 2(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, c 1916) 128 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st edition. There are four issues or impressions of the 1st edition in all. The work was printed from plates with wrapper printed in white ink from type. There are variations in the type used to print the wrapper. By checking the literature list at the back of the volumes the conclusion is the 1st impression was on pulp paper, the 2nd impression was on coated stock, the 3rd on pulp and the 4th on coated stock. The four impressions were issued over the period 1916-1925. 2nd edition. Although bearing the 1916 date the 2nd edition, 1st impression was issued shortly before printing of the last four volumes of the set in 1925. The paper is of a better quality and the wraps are still of stiff mottled rose paper. The printing on the wrap is in black ink. A 2nd impression was issued after 1925 with the literature list offering all six volumes of the Ball of fire. 3rd edition. The wraps are of red leather grained paper. The frontis portrait is of the type used in the last four volumes of the Ball of fire. There is no literature list in this edition. There is sufficient internal evidence to qualify this as a distinct edition.)

Box   3  
1st edition, 1st issue
Box   3  
1st edition, 2nd issue (1916) (2 copies)
Box   3  
1st edition, 3rd issue (1917)
Box   3  
1st edition, 4th issue (2 copies)
Box   3  
2nd edition, 1st issue
Box   3  
2nd edition, 2nd issue
Box   3  
3rd edition (2 copies)
Box   3  
The rolling ball of fire. Vol. 3(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, c 1925) 112 p.

(Allen annotation: The 1st edition was printed on cheap pulp paper. The frontis portrait is different than used in volumes one and two. There are three issues of the first edition, the 1st issue is in gray wraps printed on cheap paper entirely, the second issue has the title page on coated stock, and the 3rd issue is entirely on coated stock.)

Box   3  
1st edition, 1st issue
Box   3  
1st edition, 2nd issue (2 copies)
Box   3  
1st edition, 3rd issue (2 copies)
Box   3  
The rolling ball of fire.

(For volumes 4-6 see Flaming ball of fire)

Box   3  
Rules and regulations for the kingdom of God's sake([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1910]) 18 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st edition of the Rule book. The Book of rules was distributed by Mary and Benjamin to the sweepers, supervisors and to certain of the members only.)

(BHL has photocopy only)
Box   3  
Rules and regulations for the kingdom of God's sake([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1914]) 32 p.

(Allen annotation: Wrapper title Book of rules. 2nd edition expanded to 32 p. by the inclusion of a number of Biblical quotations of "rules" or advises. The second edition was issued in the bright pink wraps used on several of the works of highly restricted distribution.)

Box   3  
The scriptures are in favor of wet([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1915]) 36 p. (2 copies)
Volume   FA 25 P985 B724  
Sefer ha-yashar, or, The book of Jasher; referred to in Joshua and second Samuel(New York : M.M. Noah & A.S. Gould, 1840. Reprinted Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1973) 267 p.

(BHL also holds partial copy, p. [i]-xxiii, [1]-8 only, chiefly prefaces)

(Allen annotation: Full facsimile reprint of the Noah and Gould edition printed in New York 1840.)

Box   3  
7 baskets of fragments(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1907-]) 4 vol.

(Allen annotation: 1st. edition. Many copies destroyed at the time of the separation and replaced with the 2nd edition.)

Box   3  
Book 1(1907) 118 p.

(Allen annotation: From sermons given between June 15, 1906 and April 28 1908. The 1st edition was printed on coarse paper and the wraps are purple in color. There is a three page preface but no title page as such.)

Box   3  
Book 2(1908) 142 p. (2 copies)

(Allen annotation: Excerpts from Mary's and Benjamin's preaching between May 1, 1907 and April 26, 1908. The 1st edition is on coarse paper with purple wraps.)

Box   3  
Book 3(1909) 61, 69 p. (3 copies)

(Allen annotation: Only edition. This volume contains more excerpts from Mary's sermons than the two prior volumes. After the separation Dewhirst's followers blacked out the passages by Mary or destroyed the book entirely. The majority of copies were destroyed and it was not sold again or reissued. The wraps are gray with red and blue printing. These fragments were taken down by Francis Thorpe from preaching between May 1, 1908 and April 30, 1909.)

Box   3  
Book 3, another issue(1910) 142 p.

(No Allen annotation. This volume contains excerpts previously printed in Book 2 and Book 3.)

Box   3  
Book 4(1910) 32 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st and only edition. These fragments were taken down by Francis Thorpe from preaching between May 2, 1909 and November 21, 1909.)

Box   3  
7 baskets of fragments : briefs from Benjamin's discourses!(Benton Harbor, Mich. Israelite House of David, ca. 1931) (2 volumes)

(Allen annotation: 2nd edition. After the separation with Mary's adherents, many members destroyed their copies of the 1st edition of the Fragments and replaced them with this 2nd edition from which all reference to Mary had been removed.)

Box   3  
Book no. 1. 118 p.
Box   3  
Book no. 2. 135 p.
Box   3  
The seven books of wisdom(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [ca. 1914])

(Allen annotation: A few sets of the seven volumes of the Book of Wisdom were bound up with a printed paper cover title laid onto the upper cover. Pagination varies due to some of the bound sets including all prefatory articles and frontis portraits while others eliminated a portion of these. Intended for the use of the officers and preachers only.)

Box   3  
Book 11914 ed.(1915) 100 p., (thin thick thin, red toned portrait)
Box   3  
Book 2 100 p. (no images and likeness, no preface, no frontis, thin thick thin, no lit list, block printing)
Box   3  
Book 3 100 p. (no portrait, images, preface, introduction, thin thick thin)
Box   3  
Book 4 100 p. (images, preface, thin thick thin)
Box   3  
Book 5(1917) 100 p., (images, preface, thin thick thin)
Box   3  
Book 61912 ed. 100 p. (thin thick rule)
Volume   FA 25 P985 S497  
Book 71st ed. 100 p. (blue ink)
Box   4  
Shiloh's coming and a brief explanation of times and dates(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Mary and Benjamin, ca. 1906) 45 p. (2 copies)
Box   4  
Shiloh's messenger of wisdom

(See series Newspapers Published by the House of David, Boxes 6-8)

Box   4  
Song book(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [ca. 1916]) 28 p.

(Allen annotation: This 1st edition of the song book for the public was offered in Ball of Fire Vol. 2 which appeared in 1916.])

Box   4  
Song book : words by Benjamin 1916-1917(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1917]) 43 p.

(Allen annotation: The wraps are printed in six colors.)

Box   4  
[Song book] ([Benton Harbor, Mich. Israelite House of David, 19--]) 66 p.

(Allen annotation: No imprint. Single leaves containing Israelite songs and hymns bound into a stub volume or stapled into plain pink wraps for the use of the Girls Chorus.)

Box   4  
[Song book] ([Benton Harbor, Mich. Israelite House of David, ca. 192-]) [82] p.

(Allen annotation: No title page or imprint. The 30 songs are printed in very large type on 30 numbered and 11 unnumbered singleton leaves. There is a preliminary leaf with portrait of Benjamin and two of Benjamin's poems.)

Box   4  
[Song sheets] ([Benton Harbor, Mich. Israelite House of David 19--]) 6 sheets
Box   4  
Souvenir, Eden Springs, House of David, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.A.(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [ca. 1920]) [54] p.

(Allen annotation: The upper wrap is die cut to permit viewing the first plate (Graham and Morton steamer entering St. Joseph harbor).)

 
The star of Bethlehem : the living roll of life. 3rd edition(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Mary and Benjamin 1910 c 1903) (4 volumes)

(Allen annotation: Printed in blue ink. The wraps are white printed in multicolor. Wrapper title within a yellow and red ruled border. Cut of Benjamin's trumpet insignia and of a seven rayed star. On the title page appears the symbols 12-1910-20M. The earliest issues carried a companion frontis portrait of Mary. This was not included in the later bindings. The last copies bound up used a type 2 portrait.)

Box   4  
Book 1. 200 p. (2 copies)
Box   4  
Book 2. p. 201-400 (2 copies (1 copy with later portrait of Benjamin))
Box   4  
Book 3. p. 401-600 400 (2 copies (1 copy with later portrait of Benjamin))
Box   4  
Book 4. p. 601-780 400 (2 copies (1 copy with later portrait of Benjamin and Mary))
Volume   FA 25 P985 S795  
The star of Bethlehem : the living roll of life. 3rd ed.(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Mary and Benjamin, [1910], c 1903) 780 p.

[Allen annotation: This, the first of Benjamin's divine writings was also the principal document, the charter of faith and discipline of the Seventh Church. The size of the edition is not known but quite likely did not exceed 500 sets. A large percentage of the first edition was sent to the followers of John Wroe in Australia and to the followers of the Jezreel Church in England. The balance of the edition no doubt going quickly to the various followers in the United States and Canada. A second edition was printed at Benton Harbor immediately after establishing their printing office in 1903. Of this second edition a quantity were burned along with the plates for printing in the fire that destroyed the printing office in the winter of 1907-1908. In the late fall of 1910 the following announcement appeared in "Shiloh's messenger of wisdom" "on account of many printers' errors in the first edition of the Star, which in many placed changed the original meaning, it was necessary that it be revised and these errors corrected. We have been busily engaged on this winter and announce that the first volume of the Star of Bethlehem, the corrected edition, is ready to be sent out to those who are ready to receive same."

"Many changes of things written pertaining to the two Old Houses has been taken out and replaced with later writings pertaining more to the present time. Therefore we wish to ask all those who are in possession of the old Star, having paid for same, to kindly return them to headquarters and we shall exchange the new Star for them which will be sent to you immediately upon receipt of the old Star." This request for the return of the first (and second) editions of the Star was apparently honored almost without exception as only a single surviving set has been located ant that in the files of the House of David.

The Star was not distributed indiscriminately and was available to "Israel only." Prospective converts were expected to study the introductory works and the Seven books of wisdom then, upon showing evidence of their faith the Star of Bethlehem was supplied. During the 1927 trial the state attacked the Star charging that it taught perjury to the membership. Fearing that the state might confiscate and destroy their most precious book, many copies were hidden.

After the trial and the death of Benjamin many copies were destroyed by members who "lost faith," or, feeling that Mary had some part in writing the Star they destroyed them during the difficulties prior to the separation when feeling against her ran high. Wm. Barnard, as attorney for Mary and a portion of the membership recommended to the Michigan Supreme Court that the so called perjury books be destroyed ant that the objectionable portions of the Star be deleted. In the edition printed later by Mary's City of David these portions no longer appear in the work and it was again distributed on the same restricted basis as formerly. The old House of David did not reissue the work and no longer distributed it at all. All mention of the Star was removed from the literature lists and as far as the public was concerned it no longer existed.]

Box   4  
The star of Bethlehem: the living roll of life. 3rd ed.(Benton Harbor, Mich.: Mary and Benjamin, [1910], c 1903) 780 p.

(BHL has photocopy of cover only)

(Allen annotation: A very few sets were bound up for the use of the officers and preachers in a single volume with green printed paper covered board binding. Bound with the Star were "A brief concordance to the Star of Bethlehem," "Star of Bethlehem subject texts" and "References from the Star showing we do not teach cleansing by the flesh." The volume was made by binding up unbound sheets of the Star and by taking disbound copies of the other three works and binding them in. The cover title reads "Star of Bethlehem/ rule/ The Living Roll of Life/ rule/ cut of trumpet insignia/ with Concordance/ double rule/ Published by the/ Israelite House of David, Benton Harbor, Mich. U.S.A.")

Box   4  
Stranded strangers([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David ca. 1916]) 16 p.

(Allen annotation: A comedy play presented at the park by member of the House strictly as entertainment.)

Box   4  
Subject texts to Rolling ball of fire no. 1 : references on earth, sun, moon, stars, etc., from scriptures, Enoch & Jasher([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1916]) 48 p.
Box   4  
Subject texts to Rolling ball of fire no. 2 : a few references from Jasher, apocrypha & scriptures([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1916]) 48 p.
Box   4  
Subject texts to Sixth book of wisdom and Images and likenesses([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1912]) 32 p.

(Allen annotation: Without imprint. Printed in black ink.] (BHL has photocopy of cover and title page only))

Box   4  
Subject texts to Seventh book of wisdom and Images and likenesses([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1912]) 28 p.
Box   4  
The sword of the spirit of the House of David([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Mary and Benjamin 1904?]) 39 p.

(Cover title: Answer of the spirit : answer to letters written from the heads of the sixth church of England to America] (BHL has photocopy only)

 
The sword of the spirit of the House of David(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Mary and Benjamin, [1905]) (2 volumes)

(Allen annotation: Wrapper title: "Private! To "Extract" readers only, or to those of the old house. This is not from a cut-off member, therefore you can lawfully read it." Updated and expanded version of "Answer of the spirit.")

Box   4  
Book 1. 56 p. (2 copies)
Box   4  
Book 2. p. 57-128
Box   4  
The testimony of Benjamin (including Benjamin's manuscript notes) given in open court in the trial of the state of Michigan vs. House of David(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, [1928]) 73 p.
Box   4  
To whomsoever this May concern([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1914]) 8, 2 p. (2 copies)

(Allen annotation: This pamphlet was printed at the time of the Federal Investigation and Fortney charges to instruct the members how to testify at the trial if one were held. The work is in plain pink wraps on which a printed number appears. They were to be read and then turned in; 500 copies were printed and nearly all were destroyed eventually.)

Box   4  
The true light, the word of God : addressed to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1908]) 36 p.

(Allen annotation: Printed in the fall of 1908.)

Box   4  
The true light, the word of God : addressed to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, [1918]) 32 p.

(Allen annotation: 3rd edition with the flag and eagle cut on the wraps.)

Box   4  
Truth about the House of David : series of letters by members of the House of David. Pamphlet no. 1(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1923) 16 p.

(Allen annotation: It has not been possible to locate an additional pamphlet in the series.])

Box   4  
[Untitled] ([Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, 192-?]) 7 p.

(Text begins: "This is to be read and studied, and intended for war purposes only, notwithstanding our faith. This is not to be loaned, not misplaced, but kept secret." (BHL has photocopy only)

Volume   FA 25 P985 V422  
Vegetarian cook book. 3rd ed.(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, [1924]) 276 p.

(Allen annotation: Of the five editions of the cook book, this is the largest, serving as a working cook book on vegetarianism rather than as a novelty for the public.] (2 copies, one with black wraps, one with maroon wraps)

Volume   FA 25 P985 V423  
Vegetarian cooking. 4th ed.(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1943) 55 p. n

(Cover title The House of David vegetarian recipes.)

(Allen annotation: A few copies ;were made up with a wooden board souvenir binding.] (2 copies, one with red wooden board binding, one with green wraps)

Volume   FA 25 P985 V424  
Vegetarian cooking. 5th ed.(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David 1951) 55 p. (2 copies (1 with brown wraps; 1 with blue wraps))

(Cover title The House of David vegetarian recipes. [Allen annotation: Reprinted without change of date after the stock was destroyed in the fire of the printing office.])

Box   4  
Views of the House of David(Benton Harbor, Mich. : House of David, ca. 1936) [36] p. (6 copies)

(Allen annotation: The upper wrap is die cut to permit viewing the 1st plate which is Benjamin seated on a white horse. A view book that included five poems by Benjamin and 32 views of the colony when at its peak of popularity as a tourist attraction. Later issues have a few different views.)

Box   4  
Views of the Israelite colony and surroundings(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Mary and Benjamin, [1906]) [25] p.
Box   4  
Virginia's and Andrew's dialogues([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1906]) 33 p.
Box   4  
The vision of the cellar! : a vision of James J. Jezreel, the sixth messenger of this visitation, concerning Israel, under seven messengers in order, of which the House of David is the seventh([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, ca. 1910]) 8 p.
Box   4  
The vision of the cellar! : a vision of James J. Jezreel, the sixth messenger of this visitation, concerning Israel, under seven messengers in order, of which the House of David is the seventh([Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1970]) 8 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd known printing by the House of David.)

 
What is the soul?(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1912-) 15 p.
Box   4  
1st edition(1912)

(Pale green wraps. Title between thin triple rules. Trumpet insignia in center of wrap. Israelite House of David imprint.)

Box   4  
2nd edition(1918) ([Wraps printed with the flag and eagle cut. Israelite House of David imprint. Textually varying from the 1st edition.])
Box   4  
3rd edition(1920) (2 copies ([Smaller format and revised textually. Israelite House of David imprint. Flag and eagle cut at head of title on upper wrap. One with "House of David" imprint]))
Box   4  
4th edition(ca. 1932) (4 copies ([Flag and eagle cut on wraps. The imprint reads House of David. A later issue (3 copies) is in orange wraps.]))
Box   4  
The what? where? when? why? and how? of the House of David

(see Book of remembrance)

 
Where did Cain get his wife?(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David 1912-) 15 p.
Box   4  
1st edition, 1st issue(1912)
Box   4  
1st edition, 2nd issue. 2nd edition(ca. 1915-1916) ([Varies only in wrap design. The title on the upper wrap is set between narrow triple rule borders top and bottom.])
Box   4  
2nd edition(1918) ([A cut representing the Garden of Eden and the flag and eagle cut are used on the wrap. Textually the same as the 1st edition.])
Box   4  
3rd edition(ca. 1932) (3 copies)
Box   4  
4th edition(ca. 1940) ([Wraps mustard color. Textually the same as the 3rd edition.])
Box   4  
5th edition(ca. 1930s) (3 copies ([Pink wraps. The wrap bears the imprint Israelite House of David however indications are that this was actually printed in the 1930s. The wrap has been completely reset but textually the same as the previous issue.; 14.5 x 11 cm.))
Box   4  
The beautiful mantle of Shiloh Immanuel : standing upon the rock, Christ, Immovable (Under the Voice of Mary and Benjamin). The Seventh--Benjamin, the Last--Mary. The resurrected trump of God. An open letter / by F. T.(Benton Harbor, Mich. : City of David, [1946]) 29 p.
Box   4  
Benjamin's last writings(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as reorganized by Mary Purnell, [1930s] 15 p.

(Allen annotation: 1st ed. A series of six articles dated at the head 1927. Benjamin's authorship of several of these articles May be considered suspect. The questionable articles are edited extracts from his earlier writings. The thoughts are Benjamin's but the literary style is not.)

Box   4  
Benjamin's last writings(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as reorganized by Mary Purnell, [1970s ?] 16 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd ed.)

Volume   FA 25 P986 B724  
The book of heaven, 5th comforter of the mother's book (The first book of the visitation by a woman since Joanna dropped her pen)(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as re-organized by Mary Purnell, City of David 1939) 272 p.
Volume   FA 25 P986 B725  
The book of paradise, the comforter, the mother's book([Benton Harbor, Mich. : City of David 1944]) 301 p.

(Allen annotation: The last of Mary's published writings, other than articles printed in the New Shiloh messenger.)

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Cain's wife(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, as re-organized by Mary Purnell 1949) 13 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd City of David edition)

 
The comforter, the mother's book (Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as re-organized by Mary Purnell, [1932-1933])
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Vol. 1(1933) 149 p.

(Allen annotation: The 2nd or City of David edition is considerably changed. The preface titled "Images and likenesses" has been dropped and a dozen more "chapters" or articles have been added. The larger format accounts for the fewer pages of this edition. In each of the six Comforter's published by the City of David there is a running title and an alphabetical index.)

 
Vol. 2(1933) 151 p.

(Allen annotation: The 2nd edition printed in larger format and possibly with additions and changes.)

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Vol. 3(1932) 150 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd edition. The 1st edition of the third Comforter, printed at the old Colony was recalled and ordered destroyed by Benjamin. Doubtless some of Mary's faction did not turn in their copies but at the present time it has not been possible to locate and compare a copy with the second edition. Benjamin is said to have referred to the original work as "one hundred forty-four pages and one hundred forty-four delusions." The present edition contains 150 pages of larger format than used on the House of David editions of the Comforters suggesting that considerable addition and changes May have been made in the 2nd edition.)

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Vol. 4(1932) 148 p.

(Allen annotation: The priority of this edition presented something of a problem. Francis Thorpe in "Mantle of Shiloh" page 12 states "five of The Mothers Books published with Benjamin's approval at the old House of David printing office..., and the last two, the fifth Comforter, The Mothers Book, The Book of Heaven, and the sixth Comforter, The Book of Paradise, published at her new home and printing office." Until it was discovered that Judge Dewhirst had refused Mary the use of the colony print shop to print her fourth "Comforter" and that she therefore had six typewritten copies of her manuscript made and bound up for circulation among her followers, the existence of a first edition was doubtful. Mary considered these six copies as a legitimate edition and thus indicated on the title page of the City of David printing its status as the 2nd edition.)

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The first rudiments of Israel's faith(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as re-organized by Mary Purnell 1948) 28 p.

(Allen annotation: Second City of David edition.)

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Gabriel's vision(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as re-organized by Mary Purnell, [196-?]) 30 p.

(Allen annotation: undoubtedly written by Francis Thorpe.)

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The ingathering and restoration of Israel at the City of David(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as re-organized by Mary Purnell, [19-?]) 4 p.

(BHL has photocopy only)

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Mary and Benjamin's travels(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, as re-organized by Mary Purnell, [before 1960?]) 32 p.

(Seems identical to following title with the exception of an earlier publication list on inside back wrap.)

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Mary and Benjamin's travels(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, as re-organized by Mary Purnell, ca. 1967) 32 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd City of David edition.)

Oversize Volume   FA 25 T245 M393  
Mary's City of David / [by R. James Taylor](Benton Harbor, Mich. : Mary's City of David 1996) 181 p.
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Mary's story of the separation of the two manner of people in the House of David(Benton Harbor, Mich. : City of David, Israelite House of David (as reorganized by Mary Purnell) 1935) 64 p. (2 copies)
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The New Shiloh messenger

(See below, Boxes 9-12)

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The next war(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, as re-organized by Mary Purnell 1933) 43 p.
Volume   FA 25 T245 P853  
Portraits, the face of a century in faith : the Israelite House of David, 1903 and the reorganization by Mary Purnell, 1930 / R. James Taylor ([Benton Harbor, Mich.] : Mary's City of David 2005) 157 p.
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The preachers' book : the last message of life to Israel, who are scattered abroad(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as re-organized by Mary Purnell, ca. 1944) 28 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd City of David edition.)

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Questions and the ingathering of Israel(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, as reorganized by Mary Purnell, ca. 1946) 31 p.

(Allen annotation: 2nd City of David edition.)

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The royal seed, Jesus' vision (the house of Joseph)(Benton Harbor, Mich. : City of David 1947) 28 p.

(Allen annotation: Written by Francis Thorpe.)

 
Shiloh's wisdom : the living flying roll(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, as re-organized by Mary Purnell, [1933-1934]) (3 volumes)

(Allen annotation: The Seven books of wisdom printed in three and with a new title.)

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Vol. 1. 155 p.
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Vol. 2. 155 p.
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Vol. 3. 155 p.
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Song book(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as re-organized by Mary Purnell, [1932]) 32 p. (2 volumes)
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The soul(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David, as re-organized by Mary Purnell 1954) 14 p.. Caption title: What is the soul?

(Allen annotation: 2nd City of David edition.)

 
The star of Bethlehem : the living roll of life. 4th ed.(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as re-organized by Mary Purnell 1935-1959) (4 volumes)
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Book 1(1935) 171 p.
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Book 2(1941) p. 173-349
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Book 3(1949) p. 351-521
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Book 4(1959) p. 523-680
Volume   FA 25 T245 T974  
200 years : Joanna Southcott, 1792 through the City of David, 1992 : a history of the seven churches of Israel of the latter day / R. James Taylor ([S.l.] : R.J. Taylor, c 1992) 142 p.
Volume   FA 25 P986 V422  
Vegetarian cook book(Benton Harbor, Mich. : City of David, Israelite House of David, as re-organized by Mary Purnell n.d.) 139 p.

(Allen annotation: This edition is basically the same as the earlier edition of the old House of David. Reprinted in 1956.)

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Washington's vision : strange forecast of the destiny of the American nation : proofs of its fulfillment and events shaping for its conclusion(Benton Harbor, Mich. : Israelite House of David as re-organized by Mary Purnell, [1932]) 29 p.