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Extraordinary Hardships and Adventures of Captain David Woodard
Thomas Tegg, circa, London 1808 - Small octavo, 28pp, large folding aquatint frontispiece, old wrappers, in cloth case with ties. With a wonderful aquatint frontispiece. Scarce copy of a rare Tegg pamphlet, detailing the adventures of an American sailor in modern Sulawesi in the early 1790s. Woodard's account is of some note due to the fact that it represents a relatively early and significant English-language account of the seas of south-east Asia, notably the Celebes Sea, but also Batavia (Jakarta). Woodard had sailed in the American ship Enterprise from Batavia bound for Manila. He and five companions were sent off in small boat to purchase provisions, but found themselves cut off by a storm, finally landing at Celebes where one of them, Archibald Millar, was killed in a fight with the local Malays. Imprisoned by their captors, they finally escaped with the help of a Muslim priest, and made their way back to Batavia. The pamphlet is based on The Narrative of Captain David Woodard (London, 1804), but being much shorter does not include that longer works notes mutiny on the Bounty; the wrecks of the Antelope and Pandora; the sufferings of some of the crew of the Shah Hormazier in Torres Strait. Tegg pamphlets, especially those in good condition, are quite uncommon. Ferguson originally noted only one copy of this (NYPL), but added three in time for the Addenda: his own copy, and copies in the Mitchell and National Libraries. Ferguson also gives the putative date of 1808 for publication, which is supported by the fact that one page of the present copy is clearly watermarked "1807" [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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