[SMITH, MARY.] An Affecting Narrative of the Captivity. circa 1818.
Lot 2208
CAPTIVITY NARRATIVE. [SMITH, MARY.] An Affecting Narrative of the Captivity and Sufferings of Mrs. Mary Smith, Who With her Husband, and three Daughters, was taken prisoner by the Indians ... [and] rescued by a detached party from the army of the brave Gen. Jackson, then commanding at New-Orleans. N.p., c.1818.
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CAPTIVITY NARRATIVE.
[SMITH, MARY.] An Affecting Narrative of the Captivity and Sufferings of Mrs. Mary Smith, Who With her Husband, and three Daughters, was taken prisoner by the Indians ... [and] rescued by a detached party from the army of the brave Gen. Jackson, then commanding at New-Orleans. N.p., c.1818.
12mo (195 x 120 mm). 24 pp. Woodcut vignette on title. Stab-sewn in original plain brown wrappers, uncut. Dog-eared, closed horizontal tear across title (and less so to other leaves).

VERY RARE EDITION, we trace no other copies at auction except the Littell-Siebert copy. "The events took place in the West Florida region, now included in Mississippi, and the Indians were a band of Kickapoos and runaway Chickasaws. The captives included Richard Smith, his wife Mary Smith, their three children and a negro lad, who lived at the extreme part of a small township, 135 miles west of the Natchez. After being taken prisoners, Mr. Smith and the children were killed, while Mrs. Smith was spared to become the wife of one of the chiefs. Killing him while he slept, she escaped for several days, but was recaptured by the Indians, and shortly after rescued by the company of soldiers under Lieut. Brown" (Sabin on the 1st ed). Howes S638; Sabin 83542 (locating only 1 copy).
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