Battle of the Potomac with the Malays. Written by one of the crew

Rare broadside showing the battle of Quallah Battoo

Battle of the Potomac with the Malays. Written by one of the crew

Boston: sold, wholesale and retail, by L. Deming, No. 62, Hanover Street, 2nd door from Friend Street, n.d., [ca. 1832]. Broadside verse in 21 quatrains (approx. 10¼" x 7¾"), text in double column beneath a running head and a woodcut of the battle, all within an ornamental border; a few small chips and a couple of spots in the blank margins, otherwise very good. There are two editions of this broadside, both rare, and both published in Boston in response to the February, 1832 punitive expedition by the U.S. Frigate Potomac on the Sumatran port of Quallah Battoo, in reprisal for an act of piracy against an American merchant vessel by natives of that place. As a result of this naval action, the village was destroyed and 150 natives were killed. This edition has an illustration representing the actual battle; the other edition bears two small vignettes at the top, one of a ship and one of an American soldier standing next to a palm tree. The imprint on the latter reads: J. G. & H. Hunt. OCLC locates only the AAS copy (as here), but it appears there are also copies of both versions at LC. Not in American Imprints. Item #59003

Price: $2,750.00

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