Pittsburgh: Printed by S. Engles, 1825. 66pp. 12mo. Contemporary half muslin and paper boards. Boards heavily worn, chipped, and stained. Text tanned, with some stains. Lower portion of leaf C torn, touching a few letters of text, leaf F with a small tear in the upper margin, also touching a couple letters of text. Many of the text leaves loosening. A decent copy. In a cloth clamshell case, leather label. Item #WRCAM38240A
The very rare first edition of this classic Indian captivity set on the Ohio-Pennsylvania frontier. 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 Includes an account of the defeat of St. Clair in 1791, based on otherwise unpublished dispatches. The Siebert copy fetched $18,400 in 1999. SABIN 30291. HOWES H179, "b." AYER 335. FIELD 650. CHURCH 1332. GRAFF 1775. THOMSON 502. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 20806. SIEBERT SALE 980.