Lot 29: [Cresap] A Biographical Sketch . . .
November 5, 2016
Macon, GA, USALive Auction
Description: [Jacob, John.] A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF THE LATE CAPT. MICHAEL CRESAP. Cumberland, Md.: Printed for the Author, by J.M. Buchanan, 1826. 123, [1 errata] pp. 6.75" x 4". Bound in period half morocco over marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt. The whole rubbed and with some wear/loss to edges and corners. Contents with some toning and foxing, a very light faded water-stain to lower margin throughout, several corrections in period ink throughout and some period ink to pastedowns. *************************************** First edition of this biography of Captain Cresap. This copy appears to have belonged to an editor as several corrections (which are not noted on the errata leaf) to the text appear in period ink and match the corrected text of later editions. The present work is a defence of Cresap against charges that he slaughtered Indians before the beginning of the Revolutionary War. In particular, Cresap became infamous in the case of the Indian, Logan, and the murder of his defenseless family in 1774. "This biography of Cresap was written to refute Jefferson's account in NOTES ON VIRGINIA....The immediate occasion for this now rare book, written by the revolutionary officer, later clergyman, who had married Cresap's widow, was the reopening of old sores by [Joseph] Doddridge in his then recently published NOTES [ON THE SETTLEMENT AND INDIAN WARS, OF THE WESTERN PARTS OF VIRGINIA & PENNSYLVANIA, FROM THE YEAR 1763 UNTIL THE YEAR 1783 INCLUSIVE] of 1824. The defense is complete and the biography is of absorbing interest" - Streeter. Provenance: bookplate of Charles Sanders to rear pastedown. HOWES J32, "b." SABIN 35488. STREETER SALE 1335. FIELD 769. THOMSON 640. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 24967. DAB IV, p.538 (Cresap).