The Narrative of Captain David Woodard and Four Seamen, who lost their ship while in a boat at sea, and surrendered themselves up to the Malays, in the Island of Celebes ....

London: J. Johnson, by S. Hamilton, 1804. 8vo, xl, 252pp, frontis portrait, 2 folding maps, double page plate of native ships. Complete with half-title. Moderate browning, but a very good copy, in contemporary sheep with leather label, rubbed but otherwise in very good unrestored condition. First edition, scarce; there was a second edition in 1805 which is more common. An interesting narrative of shipwreck and captivity among the Malays in the Celebes, with eventual escape to Macassar. Woodard, an American, was a mate on the American ship "Enterprise", which set sail from Boston in 1791; on its way to Manila it foundered in the Straits of Malacca. Returning to Boston by way of London in 1796, Woodard communicated his narrative to William Vaughan, brother of Benjamin Vaughan, a civic improver and philanthropist dedicated to the protection of seamen. Vaughan undertook to compile and publish the present volume in 1804, in conjunction with renewed interest in a project for an institution dedicated to the preservation of ships and lives at sea. In addition to the detailed and interesting narrative of Woodard's shipwreck, captivity and escape, Vaughan has included a substantial appendix of shipwreck narratives, which became a valuable source for later writers. There are 14 accounts in all, several of which, including a narrative from Kingston, Jamaica, are published here for the first time. Some are taken from newspapers or other ephemeral sources. Others, such as the narrative of Captain Bligh, are excerpted from standard printed books. The work concludes with an original extensive bibliography of shipwreck literature (pp 237-252). Huntress 144. Ferguson 399. DNB for William Vaughan. "Containing an interesting account of their sufferings from hunger and various hardships and their escape from the Malays, after a captivity of two years and a half; also an account of the manners and customs of the country ... .", Books Useful to Seamen", p. 252. OCLC 13230482. The Celebes, now part of Indonesia. Item #7121

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