[Indian Captivity]. "Rescue of Tula" 1861 Almanac. [New York]: B. L. Judson & Co., [n.d., most likely 1860]. 12mo. 18pp. Original yellow printed wrappers. Small pencil notation on the cover. Each wrapper almost completely detached. Minor chipping to the edges, with a small amount of paper loss at the top edge of the front cover. Small tears to covers. Internal contents somewhat toned but overall clean. An about very good copy.

    This seems to be a reprint of an extremely rare 1859 pamphlet by the same publisher (Eberstadt 127:215) recounting the story of the "wealthy herbalist, Dr. Cunard who, with a trapper named Du Bois or Hawk Eye, spent seven years trapping and travelling throughout the Far West. The doctor had a number of unusual experiences, not the least of which was his single-handed defiance of the Navajo Tribe as they were about to burn Tula, the Aztec princess, at the stake. This was accomplished by capitalizing on the fortuitous imminence of a total eclipse, of which the good doctor knew after consulting his handy little almanac. The Navajo chief was as confounded as Merlin in an earlier day and promptly gave up not only Tula but also his secret mountain-herb recipe. A trapper's testimonial direct from St. Louis concludes this 'True Account.'" A harrowing tale of Indian encounters rarely available in any form.

    Reference: Eberstadt 127:215.

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