True Narrative of the Sufferings of Mary Kinnan, who was taken Prisoner by the Shawnee Nation of Indians ... and Remained with Them till the Sixteenth of August, 1794. Elizabethtown: Printed by Shepard Kollock, 1795.
16 pp. 8vo (176 x 109 mm). Disbound. Chemise and quarter morocco slipcase. A little spotting on title and to final leaf, small brown spot to first 4 leaves (mostly marginal), final blank with old ciphering, outer leaves working loose.
FIRST EDITION OF THIS HIGHLY RARE, AUTHENTIC CAPTIVITY NARRATIVE. The Kinnan home in "Tiger's Valley," Virginia (now West Virginia) was raided by Shawnees on May 13, 1791. Of 11 family members, only mother Mary was kidnapped. Her husband and her infant daughter were slaughtered in Mary's sight while her other children fled to relatives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. During Mary's captivity she traveled as far west as Detroit, in which outpost she was finally rescued by her brother.
Mary Kinnan's story is here printed by Shepard Kollock [1750-1829] who ran the New Jersey Journal through the Revolutionary years. Mary's narrative is interlarded with references to the progress of General Wayne's Ohio campaign and vitriol against the British. "Mad Anthony" Wayne concluded the Treaty of Greenville in August, 1795, forcing the British to abandon their outposts and the Western Confederacy tribes to cede large parts of modern-day Ohio and the future site of downtown Chicago. Ayer 174; Evans 28931; Morsch 278; Sabin 9713; Vail 1032 (locating only 2 copies).
Provenance: ownership inscription of P. Osterhaut on title-page; sold by Peter Decker in 1957 to Frank T. Siebert.
Acquisition: Siebert sale, Sotheby's New York, Oct 28, 1999, lot 965, $18,400.
"A third time I attempted to escape, but was knocked to the ground with a tomahawk; I then made signs of submission, and was carried to the house. Gracious God! what a scene presented itself to me!"