Boston and New York: Cupples, Upham; G. P. Putnam; the Author, 1883. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo (18.5 x 12 cm). 268 pp.
Publisher's green cloth stamped in black with gilt spine. Front free endpaper with inscription. Extremities worn, spine slightly rolled, covers with some scuffs and small edge scrape to lower panel. Pages intermittently stained, smudged and creased at corner.
Considered the first known female Native American autobiographer, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins wrote the book with minor corrections by Mrs. Horace Mann, who notes Hopkin's "fervid eloquence" and "extraordinary colloquial command of the English language (Editor's Preface)." Hopkins recalls her band's first contact with the white man: the anticipation and the rebuff. Hopkins describes her people's good faith returned by dishonesty and violence. Hopkins addresses her audience, "Oh, for shame! You who are educated by a Christian government in the art of war; the practice of whose profession makes you natural enemies of the savages, so called by you. Yes, you, who call yourselves the great civilization... (p. 207)." Brumble, American Indian and Eskimo Autobiographies, 230. Ruoff, American Indian Literatures p.3, 55. Very good in no jacket as issued. Item #832