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Lot 54: Rowlandson's Narrative of Captivity, 1792

1014: Rare Books & Manuscripts

by Addison & Sarova Auctioneers

05 November 2016

Macon, GA, USA

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  • Rowlandson's Narrative of Captivity, 1792
  • Rowlandson's Narrative of Captivity, 1792
  • Rowlandson's Narrative of Captivity, 1792
  • Rowlandson's Narrative of Captivity, 1792
  • Rowlandson's Narrative of Captivity, 1792
  • Rowlandson's Narrative of Captivity, 1792
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Description: Rowlandson, Mary. A NARRATIVE, OF THE CAPTIVITY, SUFFERINGS AND REMOVES, OF MRS. MARY ROWLANDSON, WHO WAS TAKEN PRISONER BY THE INDIANS, WITH SEVERAL OTHERS, AND TREATED IN THE MOST BARBAROUS AND CRUEL MANNER BY THOSE VILE SAVAGES. [Amherst (NH): Nathaniel Coverly and Son, 1792.] 7" x 4". 64 pp., lacking pages 21-24. Bound in paper stitched onto thin wooden boards. Text quite defective with numerous faults, four leaves with large chips to lower portions removing text (including title-page), approx. first 30 pages with chips to inner corner in some cases removing words and often removing letters, final leaf with corner chip removing several words, contents stained and toned, several leaves detached, numerous closed tears and other marginal chips. A defective copy of a very rare book. As-is, please refer to photos. ***************************************** Imprint from Sabin. A scarce imprint for this title, and we find no record of this printing appearing at auction. All 18th century editions are quite scarce. This important narrative was first published in 1682, though no copy of the first edition survives today. The text became one of the most famous of all captivity narratives. “By combining stark details, honesty, and exquisite style, [Rowlandson] brings the experiences of war and suffering to a personal and accessible level” (Derounian-Stodola). [Sabin 73586]

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