BLACK HAWK - J. B. Patterson, editor
Life of Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak or Black Hawk ... With an Account and General History of the Late War, His Surrender and Confinement at Jefferson Barracks, and Travels through the United States. Dictated by Himself
Boston: Russell, Odiorne & Metcalf, 1834. 12mo. 155pp. Lithographed frontispiece portrait.
Publisher's blue cloth skillfully rebacked preserving original spine and with original printed paper label.
Early edition of Black Hawk's autobiography.
First published in Cincinnati the year prior, two editions in Boston followed. "One of the very few important American Indian autobiographies" (Graff). Black Hawk (1767-1838) was a band leader and warrior of the Sauk Native American tribe in what is now the Midwest of the United States. Black Hawk was unique in that he earned his status as war chief by his actions, rather than through inheritance. During the War of 1812, Black Hawk fought on the side of the British against the U.S., hoping to push white American settlers away from Sauk territory. Later, he led a band of Sauk and Fox warriors, known as the British Band, against European-American settlers in Illinois and present-day Wisconsin in the 1832 Black Hawk War. Black Hawk died in 1838 in what is now southeastern Iowa. He has been honored by an enduring legacy: his book, many eponyms, and other tributes. This autobiography was dictated by Black Hawk through interpreter Antoine LeClair in 1833.
Howes P120; Graff 313 (first edition); Sabin 5675.