London: Printed for J. Marshall, 1734. 219,,42pp. 12mo. Modern three-quarter morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Bottom portion of spine darkened. Bookplates on front endpapers, foxed, tanned, a few old dampstains. Small chip at bottom of titlepage, not affecting text. Good. Item #WRCAM29693
The "fourth edition, corrected." A shipwreck narrative with Americana interest because of the victim's experiences with the Indians of the Virginia Tidewater region. Originally published in 1720, authorship of this work has been attributed to William Rufus Chetwood, a London playwright. "Falconer, an Englishman, came to Boston in May, 1689. Early in June he set out for Virginia. His ship was grounded off Cape Charles. According to Chetwood's account, Falconer was attacked by the Indians, captured, stripped, and tied to a stake. He was finally released when he showed the Indians how to 'let blood'" - Clark. Field wrote of this book and other English fiction at the time: "they are generally written...with such a profound gravity, and freedom from dramatic colloquialisms, that they leave the reader vexed with a doubt if they are wholly fictitious, or not as generally truthful as the boasted veritable narratives." SABIN 23723. CLARK I:62. FIELD 520. HUNTRESS 40C. AYER 93 (1st ed).