c. 1808, First Edition Book: Capt. Thomas Keith
“Struggles of Capt. Thomas Keith in America,...”. c. 1808, First Edition Book entitled, “Struggles of Capt. Thomas Keith in America, including the manner in which he, his wife and child were Decoyed by the Indians; their temporary Captivity, and happy deliverance, with occasional descriptions of the United States, soil, productions, &c.,” by Capt. Thomas Keith, Publisher: Thomas Tegg, London, Choice Very Fine.. This original First Edition book has 28 pages, measuring 7.25” x 4.25” with an outstanding Folding Engraved Frontispiece. Rebound with early 20th century 3/4 gilt-ruled green levant morocco & marbled boards, the spine is lettered in gilt, with the top edge also gilt, having only light wear. This heroic book tells the story of Keith and his party, who were allegedly Captured by Native American Indians while travelling on the Ohio River, toward Fishing Creek. After gaining their freedom from the ferocious Indians, Keith moved his family back to England. Howes calls the work "fictitious." The spine is a little scuffed; some expected minor foxing and soiling, ink inscription to front endpaper verso, overall a very good copy. The dramatic, action-packed uncolored Frontispiece Engraving, which Howes notes counts as the first four pages, is titled "Capt. Keith & family betrayed & made Prisoners by the American Indians." It is in excellent condition and has the publishing date of October 22, 1808 at the extreme bottom. A rare account, with an absolutely fabulous Indian Attack scene engraving. Field 814; Howes K35; Sabin 37237..