Leyden: Pieter van der Aa, [ 1707?]. pp., printed in double columns (with the actual printed foliations, totaling 50, referring to the columns). Folding map and three in-text illustrations. Folio. Modern three-quarter cloth and marbled boards, spine gilt. Faint stain in upper outer corner of most text leaves. Closed tear in foremargin of leaf A1. Good. Item #WRCAM47358
The Frank C. Deering copy, with his gilt leather bookplate on the front free endpaper. Dickenson's harrowing narrative was first published in Philadelphia in 1699, and in London in 1700 and 1701. All of those editions are rare, the first being exceedingly so. The next edition came out in 1707, by Dutch printer Pieter van der Aa, who produced folio and octavo versions, both of which were the first to contain illustrations. This is the scarcer folio edition. Dickenson's story is not exactly an Indian captivity narrative, although often considered such. He and his companions were shipwrecked on the Florida coast in 1696 and walked several hundred miles north to St. Augustine and safety. Indians stole from them and harassed them, but little else. The map shows the eastern seaboard of the United States, as well as Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica. The three engravings show Dickenson's tribulations at the hands of the Florida Indians. EUROPEAN AMERICANA hypothesizes a 1708 publication date. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 708/36. VAIL 305. Octavo van der Aa edition: CLARK I:73. HOWES D317. AYER 74. SABIN 20017. SERVIES 262.