Affecting Narrative

SMITH, Mary

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SMITH, Mary. An Affecting Narrative of the Captivity & Sufferings of Mrs. Mary Smith, Who, With Her Husband and Three Daughters were Taken Prisoners by the Indians in August Last (1814) and. War Fortunately Rescued fromthe Merciless Hands of Savages by a Detached Party of the Army of the Brave General Jackson, Late Commanding at New-Orleans. Providence: Printed for L. Scott, [1816?]. 24pp. Folding woodcut frontispiece with light contemporary coloring (now somewhat oxidized). Original plain wrappers, resewn. Untrimmed. Leaves tanned. Some staining on frontispiece. Scattered foxing. Still a fresh very good copy in original state. In a folding cloth case, leather label. The Littell copy, with booklabel. Howes S-638. Sabin 83539. Mrs. Smith and her family were taken captive by the Chickasaws near the Yazoo in 1814. Her husband was used for tomahawk throwing practice and her three daughters were burned in front of her. She was saved from similar fate by the raid of a company of Tennessee troops. The captivity was first published in Providence in 1815. The narrative was apparently a bestseller for its day, as at least seven editions appeared by 1818, all of which are rare today. The printer Scott produced several 24pp. and 32pp. editions with a new woodcut frontispiece and variant titlepages, and some including the text about the murder of thirty people after Mrs. Smith escaped. The present edition was printed after Jackson's defeat of the British at the Battle of New Orleans on 8 January 1815, as reflected in the title. Very rare. Sabin cites only two copies,of which one was imperfect. This is probably the only copy to trade in the 20th century. Not in Ayer. Bookseller Inventory #

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Book Description Providence: Printed for L. Scott, [1816?]., 1816. 24pp. Lacks folding frontispiece (provided in photostatic facsimile). Modern three-quarter brown morocco and cloth, spine gilt. Bookplate of Frank Cutter Deering on front pastedown. Text tanned and lightly foxed. Good plus. Mrs. Smith and her family were taken captive by the Chickasaws near the Yazoo in 1814. Her husband was used for tomahawk throwing practice and her three daughters were burned in front of her. She was saved from a similar fate by the raid of a company of Tennessee troops. This captivity tale was first published in Providence in 1815. The narrative was apparently a bestseller for its day, as at least seven editions appeared by 1818, all of which are rare today. The printer, Scott, produced several twenty-four-page and thirty-two-page editions with a new woodcut frontispiece and variant titlepages; some include the text about the murder of thirty people after Mrs. Smith escaped. The present edition was printed after Jackson's defeat of the British at the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815, as reflected in the title. Rare. Not in Ayer. HOWES S638, "b." SABIN 83539. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 27071B

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Book Description 0. SMITH, Mary. Affecting Narrative of the Captivity & Sufferings of Mrs. Mary Smith, Who, With Her Husband and Three Daughters were Taken Prisoners by the Indians in August Last (1814) and.Was Fortunately Rescued from the Merciless Hands of Savages by A Detached Party of the Army of the Brave General Jackson, Late Commanding at New-Orleans. Providence: Printed for L. Scott, [1816?]. 24pp. Folding woodcut frontispiece with light contemporary coloring. Original plain blue wrappers, resewn. Wrappers a bit chipped and torn. Some light foxing on frontispiece. Scattered foxing throughout. Contemporary ownership inscription on last page. Still, a fresh, very good copy in original state, untrimmed. In a half morocco clamshell case. HOWES S638, "b." SABIN 83539. Mrs. Smith and her family were taken captive by the Chickasaws near the Yazoo in 1814. Her husband was used for tomahawk throwing practice and her three daughters were burned in front of her. She was saved from a similar fate by the raid of a company of Tennessee troops. This captivity tale was first published in Providence in 1815. The narrative was apparently a bestseller for its day, as at least seven editions appeared by 1818, all of which are rare today. The printer, Scott, produced several twenty-four- page and thirty-two-page editions with a new woodcut frontispiece and variant titlepages; some include the text about the murder of thirty people after Mrs. Smith escaped. The present edition was printed after Jackson's defeat of the British at the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815, as reflected in the title. Very rare. Sabin cites only two copies, of which one is imperfect. Not in Ayer. Bookseller Inventory # 52873

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