London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster-Row. [Printed by A. & R. Spottiswoode. 1823. [4 publisher advts], [1-frontispiece portrait of author], v, [1 blank], [1-letter], [1-blank], [vii]-ix, 447pp. Untrimmed. Bound in blue paper-covered boards, rebacked [original cloth spine and paper title label retained]. Very Good.
John Dunn Hunter [c.1798-1827] claimed he was kidnapped and raised by Cherokee Indians as a child. He took the name 'John Dunn' from an English benefactor and added 'Hunter', the name the Cherokees had given him. He negotiated with Mexico for a Cherokee nation in Texas in the mid-1820s. When Mexico refused he helped to initiate the Fredonian Rebellion. This decision resulted in his trial before the Cherokee Council, and execution. See, Handbook of Texas.
Hunter tells the interesting, doubtless embellished story of his life, and discusses many aspects of Indian life: customs, religion, marriage, divorce, polygamy, crimes and punishment, medicine, hunting, fishing, etc. The book was also printed in Philadelphia in 1823.
Ayer 142; Howes H-813; Sabin 33921; Wagner-Camp 24:2. Item #30245