Captivity Narrative of Hannah Duston as Related by Cotton Mather, John Greenleaf Whittier, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau
Illustrated with 35 Woodblock Prints by Richard Bosman
Arion Press, 1987, Signed Limited Edition of 400 Copies
Signed by Richard Bosman
This is a signed limited edition of “Captivity Narrative of Hannah Duston” published by the Arion Press in 1987 with a limitation of 400 copies. From the publisher, “Indian captivity narratives were popular reading in this country before the vanishing of the frontier, and they are one of the earliest forms of American literature. The brief and bloody chronicle of Hannah Duston from 1697 may be the most enduring. It was told and retold for over a hundred and fifty years by authors of literary distinction and continues to trouble us with its moral quandary. This project was conceived and editorially developed at Arion Press. Richard Bosman created images of arresting moments from this dark drama in his woodcuts that appear on each page of the four narrations, giving a parallel visual interpretation throughout the book.”
Measuring 16.75” x 12.5” and containing 56 pages, the book is bound in boards covered in Sugikawashi, a Japanese handmade paper containing cedar bark fibers, the spine is of a brown Italian linen cloth with a spine label with titling. The type is handset and Monotype Kennerley Bold with handset Neuland Inline for display. The paper is mouldmade Rives heavyweight. The introduction to the book is by Glenn Todd.
The book is signed by Richard Bosman on the limitation page.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book is in FINE condition. Please note that the speckling that appears on the front cover in the photograph is natural and are a characteristic of Sugikawashi, a Japanese handmade paper containing cedar bark fibers.
Photographs of the binding and some stock illustrations contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
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