24. Captivity Narrative of Hannah Duston, with art by Richard Bosman.
Captivity Narrative of Hannah Duston related by Cotton Mather, John Greenleaf Whittier, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau, with an introduction by Glenn Todd and 35 woodblock prints by Richard Bosman, 1987.
Indian captivity narratives were popular reading in this country before the vanishing of the frontier, and they are one of the earliest forms of American literature. The brief and bloody chronicle of Hannah Duston from 1697 may be the most enduring. It was told and retold for over a hundred and fifty years by authors of literary distinction and continues to trouble us with its moral quandary. This project was conceived and editorially developed at Arion Press. Richard Bosman created images of arresting moments from this dark drama in his woodcuts that appear on each page of the four narrations, giving a parallel visual interpretation throughout the book.
Format: 16-3/4 by 12-1/2 inches, 56 pages. The type is handset and Monotype Kennerley Bold with handset Neuland Inline for display. The paper is mouldmade Rives heavyweight. The boards are covered in Sugikawashi, a Japanese handmade paper containing cedar bark fibers; the spine is of a brown Italian linen cloth. Signed by the artist. Edition of 400 copies, $485.00. Out of print.