Loudon's Indian Narratives

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Loudon's Indian Narratives

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Now… from Wennawoods Publishing the sixth title in the "Great Pennsylvania Frontier Series", Archibold Loudon's INDIAN NARRATIVES. Perhaps no book in the annals of early American history has thrilled , informed and held captive, the imagination of historians more than this book. Originally printed in 2 volumes in 1808 and 1811, Indian Narratives has all but disappeared from the libraries of modern day historians. Because of this book's scarcity(there were only 100 copies made of the original two volumes in 1888), this book is among the highest priced, hardest to find books printed during the 19th century. The current value of a 2 volume 1888 reprint set are in excess of $1000; with an original complete set listed as priceless.

Without a doubt, this is the most famous book on Indian warfare. Sabin's, a dictionary of books relating to America reference guide says " it is a work of extreme rarity, and rarely found complete…it contains some narratives not elsewhere to be found, and is one of the most desirable works of its class." This collection of narratives of Indian captivities, many in the "first person", contain some of the most fascinating stories of the frontier ever told. Of particular interest is the 114 page saga of Col. James Smith's almost 5 year captivity among the Indians of the Ohio valley. Over 25 narratives in all.

This book's descriptions of many Indian customs and manners including their games, meals, clothes, fishing methods, dances, songs, dwellings, marriages and funerals, titles, and medicines may, however, be the most valuable. Methods of crossing deep rivers, Indian musical instruments, details of how to make a fire by rubbing two sticks together, as well as the explanation of why Indians mount a horse on the off side and instances of Indian fortitude at death, are but a few of other fascinating chapters revealing interesting facets of everyday Indian life. This book , however, would not be complete without the chapters describing the infamous Indian tortures. With his race and culture at stake, the Indian became the scourge of the frontier. Prolonged pain, expressed rage, indignant intimidation, was all a part of his torture; and prodded along by the insufferable white arrogance on the frontier, made his gruesome terror all so very easy to do!

Originally published in 1808 and 1811, this deluxe 658 page book, with the two volumes bound as one, printed on acid free paper, and handsomely bound in a black cover with gold embossing. Seventh book in the "Great Pennsylvania Frontier Series."

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