Apr 12, 2018 - Sale 2473

Sale 2473 - Lot 9

Price Realized: $ 2,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(AMERICAN INDIANS.) The Speech of a Creek-Indians, against the Immoderate Use of Spirituous Liquors. 68, [2] pages including a leaf of publisher's ads. 8vo, later polished calf gilt by Lloyd, Wallis & Lloyd of London, minor wear; the superfluous "s" in "Indians" blocked out as often seen; uncut and partially unopened. London: R. Griffiths, 1754

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first edition. The speech is here signed in type by "Onughkallydawwy Garangula Copac." It was allegedly first recorded in shorthand at a Creek council in 1748, and eventually made its way into the hands of editor William Smith (1727-1803), who was appointed the following year as the first leader of the University of Pennsylvania. The work appeared in Smith's collected works in 1803, and he is often credited as the author. Also included in this volume are several other short pieces: "A Letter from Yarida, an Indian Maid of the Royal Line of the Mohawks"; "Indian Songs of Peace"; "An American Fable"; and "Some Remarks upon the Characters and Genius of the Indians." Church 980n; Howes S698 ("b"); Sabin 84673. None known at auction since 1938.