Affecting Narrative of the Captivity & Sufferings of Mrs. Mary Smith, Mary SMITH.

Affecting Narrative of the Captivity & Sufferings of Mrs. Mary Smith,

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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.

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