A NARRATIVE OF THE SUFFERINGS OF MASSY HARBISON, FROM INDIAN BARBARITY, GIVING AN ACCOUNT OF HER CAPTIVITY, THE MURDER OF HER TWO CHILDREN, HER ESCAPE, WITH AN INFANT AT HER BREAST, COMMUNICATED BY HERSELF; TOGETHER WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THE HISTORY, LAWS, RELIGION, WARS, AND CRUELTIES OF THE INDIANS, PARTICULARLY IN THIS WESTERN COUNTRY.

Beaver, Pa. Printed by Wm. Henry, 1836. 192pp. Contemporary half tan muslin and plain paper boards. Edges scuffed, spine and boards stained and soiled. Hinges repaired, contemporary ownership signature on front free endpaper. Titlepage creased, moderate foxing throughout. Withal, in very good, original condition. Item #WRCAM55656

The rare "fourth edition, much enlarged" of this classic Indian captivity set on the Ohio-Pennsylvania frontier. The first edition was published in Pittsburgh in 1825. Harbison and her infant child were kidnapped from their home on the Allegheny River by Indians in 1792. Her two young sons were scalped and she was held captive for two days before making a daring escape with her child and eventually reaching Fort Pitt. Includes an account of the defeat of St. Clair in 1791, based on otherwise unpublished dispatches. "Pp. 61-192 consist of additional matter not in the original edition, and is made up of sketches of Indian Wars, Manners, Narratives, etc., etc." - Thomson. Ernest Wessen assessed the work as "the fourth, and in many respects, the most desirable edition; for it contains much added material on the Western Country." AYER 337. THOMSON 502 (note). DU PUY 1053 ("very rare"). AMERICAN IMPRINTS 33476. VAUGHAN 122. SABIN 30291. HOWES H179, "aa." EBERSTADT 103:135. MIDLAND NOTES 20:73.

Price: $1,750.00

Desirable, Enlarged Edition