Pictorial History Indian Wars 1851 Drake Frost gorgeous leather book illustratedBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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Indian Wars of the United States from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, by John Frost.
Published 1851, Auburn by Derby and Miller.
Indian Captivities, or Life in the Wigwam. Being True Narratives of Captives Who Have Been Carried Away by the Indians from the Frontier Settlements of the U.S. from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, by Samuel G. Drake.
Published 1851, Auburn, by Derby and Miller.
368 pages, hand colored frontis and half title, profusion of wood engraved plates and text illustrations in first work.
Beautiful period full red leather. Spine gilt decorated with large Indian device plus a battle scene, gilt lettering. Covers ornately stamped in floral and scroll blind with central blind device depicting a missionary preaching to a group of Indians.
Lovely, well preserved book with excellent age patina, sound, tight, much nicer than typical for deluxe decorative publishers bindings of this pre-Civil War American era. Scattered small foxing throughout, never heavy or offensive visually.
This prolifically illustrated volume contains two different works relating to interaction between European Settlers and Americans with the Indigenous peoples of North America, so called "Indians".
The first volume describes in detail, the history of wars fought between the indigenous American Indians and Europeans. Of note is William Henry Harrison's attack on Prophetstown and the Battle of Tippecanoe, and a lengthy account of the Second Seminole War.
The second volume is a collection of captivity narratives (a popular and regularly printed genre). Collected by Samuel Drake, the famed New Hampshire antiquarian and historian, these narratives span the societal spectrum: men and women, old and young, soldiers and civilians. An attempt by Drake to create a "natural history" of the indigenous people.
Field, Indian Bibliography, 456.
Howes, U.S.-iana, D-477.
Sabin, America, 20875
Book measures: 9 1/4" H X 6" W.