An Authentic Narrative of the Shipwreck and Sufferings of Mrs. Eliza Bradley. The wife of Capt. James Bradley, of Liverpool, Commander of the ship Sally, which was wrecked on the coast of Barbary, in June 1818. The crew and passengers of the above ship fell into the hands of the Arabs, a few days after their shipwreck among ... Written by herself.


First published in 1820, a very-worn, but scarce 1826 New Hampshire edition retelling the sensational (and spurious) account of one Eliza Bradley who was shipwrecked and then captured by North Africans. “The Arabs strip Eliza of her gown, bonnet, shoes, and stockings; dressed only in her petticoat and shimmy, she is ‘claimed’ by her ‘Master’ (23). On the long, detailed trip, Eliza eats locusts, camel, snails, and the bones and entrails of a kid goat; rides a camel and shares a trough of water with it; is separated from her husband (but not before he retains and gives her a Bible); and watches her thirsty fellow captives drink their own urine [...] After five months of separation from her husband, a messenger brings her a letter from him that tells her he is safe with the British Consul and that she will soon be ransomed. She completes the seven-hundred-mile journey to Mogadore and is reunited with her husband.” (Miskolcze)

The frontispiece for this edition is a crudely-rendered wood engraving that was likely based upon the more refined folding frontispiece seen within the 1821 Boston edition published by James Walden. There is also a full-page plate found after p64 depicts Eliza Bradley inside of a tent, sitting at a folding desk and reading a book. In the background, there are two camels and a shepherd with a staff.

Contemporary ownership inscriptions of Washington Gandy and “Enoch Young juneior…Bot at Publick [Auction 1834?]” [and:] “Enoch Young is my Name and with my Pen I write [indistinct]. And if my Pen had Bin better I should [have] Mended every letter” [etc.] .


Description: An Authentic Narrative of the Shipwreck and Sufferings of Mrs. Eliza Bradley. The wife of Capt. James Bradley, of Liverpool, Commander of the ship Sally, which was wrecked on the coast of Barbary, in June 1818. The crew and passengers of the above ship fell into the hands of the Arabs, a few days after their shipwreck among ... Written by herself.

Exeter: Published by Abel Brown, 1826. [1–2, frontispiece], [3–7], 8–130pp., + 1 unnumbered plate. 5¼ x 2¾ inches. Quarter sheep and paper-covered boards. Lacking lower quarter of upper board, paper loss to preliminary leaf and frontis.; lower board creased; loss to paper covering over boards; leaf G2 (pp75–76) trimmed with some text loss; fair.

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Imprints 23920; N.B. pages 93–130 comprise a segment entitled “A concise narrative of Arabia”.


Price: $100.00