Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison

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Лот 87 | Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison
Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison

Dehgewanus, 1824

SEAVER, James E. (1787-1827). A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison, who was Taken by the Indians, in the Year 1755 when only about twelve years of age, and has continued to reside amongst them to the present time. Canandaigua: printed by J.D. Bemis and Co., 1824.

First edition, Siebert copy. "The Jemison narrative is one of the most authentic and interesting in its genre" (Streeter). Mary Jemison was a Scotch-Irish immigrant taken from her Pennsylvania home by a raiding party during the French and Indian War. While most of her family was killed, she was adopted as a Seneca and re-named Dehgewanus. She lived the rest of her life in Northern New York with a husband and family among the Seneca. As white settlers began to push north and west they were surprised to encounter the “White Woman of Genesee.” James Seaver was a local physician who wrote down her story in 1824. It proved to be sensational: this was the first of dozens of editions. Ayer 248; Howes S-263 ("b"), Streeter sale 905.

12mo (140 x 87mm). Copyright leaf present. (Minimal pale dampstain, a few scattered other minor stains.) Contemporary quarter sheep and plain boards (rubbed, board edges worn and corners rounded). Provenance: Silvester J. Horton (ownership signature dated 9 April 1826) – Frank T. Siebert (his sale, Sotheby's New York, 21 May 1999, lot 451).

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