An Authentic Narrative of the Shipwreck and Sufferings of Mrs. Eliza Bradley, Written by Herself. By Eliza Bradley. Luther Roby Edition. Concord, 1829.

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The captivity narrative was a sensational and popular genre in the first half of the nineteenth century. Reports of pirates and captured vessels from across the globe poured into the minds of Americans and Europeans, driving a disturbed fascination with the potential for hostagedom. Of the many popular works from this era, the narrative of Eliza Bradley stands out for its widespread readership and its remarkable revelations–not always intentional–about the concerns of nineteenth century Western peoples. The work takes kernels of truth and expands them into a full-fledged heroine’s adventure, one where religious ideology, deeply-held assumptions of white supremacy, and feminine virtues cast a flattering light on Eliza Bradley, and by proxy, all of Western society. The work purports to be an authentic tale of Mrs. Eliza Bradley’s captivity by Arab pirates on the Barbary Coast. Scholars have confirmed the work is a fabrication, but in its day many readers presumed it to be true, no doubt because of its flattering portrayal of a character they could relate to.

This 1829 edition is in very good condition. Rebound in modern composite leather by the Berliner Bookbinding Company. Binding is very good with only soiling and dampstaining. Title in gilt along the spine. Text block very good with only some soiling, and foxing throughout.

A scarce 1829 edition of the narrative of Mrs. Eliza Bradley.

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An Authentic Narrative of the Shipwreck and Sufferings of Mrs. Eliza Bradley, Written by Herself. By Eliza Bradley. Luther Roby Edition. Concord, 1829.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in