New York. [ 1815]. 166pp., including in-text illustrations, lacking leaf with pp.95-96. Frontispiece. 12mo. Original cloth-backed printed paper boards. Boards soiled, rubbed, and scuffed; worn around the edges. Text tanned and foxed. Lacking the leaf with pages 95-96, which was apparently never bound into this copy, else good. Item #WRCAM47158
An expanded version of Jewitt's very rare JOURNAL KEPT AT NOOTKA SOUND (Boston, 1807), which is accorded a "b" rating by Howes. Howes describes the JOURNAL... as the "first printed account of a remarkable captivity among natives of the Northwest coast." "Amongst the best-known and most popular of the early narratives of adventure and experience on the western coast. The BOSTON, captained by John Salter with a crew of twenty-six men, including Jewitt as armourer, reached Vancouver Island in 1803. While trading at Nootka Sound, the vessel was seized by natives because the captain had insulted their chief, Maquinna, and all her crew were massacred with the exception of Jewitt and his comrade John Thompson. The two were eventually rescued in 1805 by Captain Hill of the LYDIA" - Hill. The work provides much information concerning the life and habits of the Indians of Vancouver Island, including a one-page Nootka-English vocabulary and the war song of the Nootka tribesmen. This New York printing is preceded only by two Middletown, Connecticut editions of the same year. HILL 888. HOWES A189. AYER 153. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 35019. SMITH 5215. SABIN 36123.