Isaac de Pinto Bibliography

Political Reflections Concerning the Condition of the Jewish Nation 1748
Essai sur le luxe 1762
R‚flexions critiques sur le premier chapitre du VIIe tome des oeuvres de monsieur de Voltaire au sujet des Juifs 1762
A response to Voltaire's essay Des Juifs, which Voltaire wrote in 1756 and used eight years later in the article, "Juifs" in his Philosophical Dictionary. De Pinto sent a copy of the Critical Reflections on the First Chapter of the Seventh Volume of Mr. de Voltaire's Works with a covering letter in which he stated: " I am sending you Critical Reflexions on a part of your immortal writings; I who am their greatest admirer, I ought to read and study them in silence. But as I respect the author more than I regard the work, I presume his maganimity will pardon me this piece of criticism, in favour of the truth which is so dear to him, and from which perhaps he has never swerved but in this single instance". In his reply, Voltaire wrote, "I shall tell you as frankly that there are many who cannot endure your laws, your books, or your superstitions. They say that your nation has done, in every age, much hurt to itself and to the human race. If you are a philosopher, as you seem to be, you will think as those gentlemen do, but you will not say it". De Pinto became more well-known after the work was included in Antoine Gu‚r‚e's, Lettres de quelques Juifs portugais et allemands … M. de Voltaire (Letters of Certain Portuguese and German Jews to M. de Voltaire) in 1769. Apart from De Pinto's piece the other Letters are probably forgeries written by Gu‚r‚e himself. Republished in numerous other editions it was translated into English and appeared in Philadelphia in 1795. On publication of its third French edition in 1776 Voltaire published a reply entitled One Christian Against Six Jews in which he accused Gu‚r‚e of exposing "an elderly octogenarian, perhaps already lying on his deathbed, to the barbarism of a group of persecutors who, by cloaking their calumnies with ironic praise, seek respectfully to slip a dagger into his heart".
Trait‚ de la circulation et du cr‚dit 1771
Published in Amsterdam by Marc-Michel Rey and Charles Guillaume Fr‚d‚ric Dumas. Against the Physiocrats who claimed that wealth is generated by agriculture De Pinto claimed that economic prosperity could be increased by speculation and public borrowing.
Pr‚cis des arguments contre les mat‚rialistes 1774
De Pinto was a leading figure in the Sephardic community in Amsterdam. Analysing the poverty amongst the Sephardim De Pinto called for reduced taxation, minimal trade restrictions and Jewish emigration from Europe to Surinam. The Pr‚cis des arguments contre les mat‚rialistes consists of two lectures Pinto gave to a mainly Jewish society. In the lectures Pinto rejected both materialism and scepticism.
Letters on the American Troubles 1776
De Pinto argued in two Letters that the struggle for American Independence would ultimately fail. The Letters were written in French and published in the Hague with English translations appearing in the same year. He wrote, "it is astonishing to see people condemn a great monarch, his ministers, the parliament, that great and illustrious senate", given "the exorbitant sums granted to that ungrateful people".