A NARRATIVE OF THE CAPTIVITY AND ADVENTURES OF JOHN TANNER...DURING THIRTY YEARS RESIDENCE AMONG THE INDIANS IN THE INTERIOR OF NORTH AMERICA
by James, Edwin
New York, 1830. 426pp. including frontispiece and in-text illustrations. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Contemporary bookplate on front pastedown. Light to medium foxing and toning. Very good. "Minute, vivid...account of all phases of Indian life" - Howes. "[Tanner's] relation of his life among the Northern Indians, is probably the most minute...ever printed" - Field. Pages 23-281 relate Tanner's captivity in detail in his own words. "Part II (pp.283-426) is ascribed to Edwin James and contains comments on various aspects of Indian culture - their customs, knowledge of astronomy, music, and poetry - a catalogue of plants and animals, and a vocabulary of Ojibway words and phrases" - Wagner-Camp. "His narrative contains much information about the Hudson's Bay and Northwest Companies, and about Lord Selkirk's Red River colony" - Streeter. Field states that Schoolcraft was "strongly prejudiced" against Tanner, who assaulted him and then in 1846 murdered Schoolcraft's brother, James. WAGNER-CAMP 40:1. FIELD 772. GRAFF 2189. HOWES J42, "b." PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 1959. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 3670. STREETER SALE 3701. AYER 290. JONES 911. PEEL 80. TPL 1612. SABIN 35684. EBERSTADT 104:279. DECKER 40:302.
(Inventory #: WRCAM50545)
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