Extraordinary Hardships and Adventures of Captain Woodard. And Five Companions, Who lost their Vessel, The Resistance, and afterwards their Boat, at Sea, Including their Escape from the Malays, after A Captivity of Near Three Years, and the the Horrid Murder of Archibald Millar, one of the Above Party. - William Vaughn, Captain David Woodard Circa 1808 - Printed for Thomas Tegg, London - First Edition Thus A rare little account, with folding frontispiece engraving depicting Woodard dramatically ‘defending himself from the Treachery of the Malays’. Woodard had sailed in the American ship Enterprise from Batavia (Jakarta) bound for Manila. He and five companions were sent off in small boat to purchase provisions, but found themselves cut off by a storm, finally landing at Celebes where one of them, Archibald Millar, was killed in a fight with the local Malays. Imprisoned by their captors, they finally escaped with the help of a Muslim priest, and made their way back to Batavia. Woodard later recounted the story to William Vaughn who wrote this account.   Vaughn's original story was first published together with details of later journeys and other renowned shipwrecks and survivals in 1804 and again in 1805. Praise and criticism for his account were given in The Monthly Review; or Literary Journal in July 1805. The same year, The Naval Chronicle also included a summary and criticism of the original book by Vaughn. In 1808, this version containing only the story of Woodard’s capture by the Malays, his three years in captivity and escape.

‘Long before the art of Joseph Conrad created Lord Jim to follow the star of his romantic destiny to the somber, misty coast of Patusan, an American sailor lived and dared amazingly among the sullen people of those same mysterious islands of the Far East. He was of the race of mariners whose ships were first to display the Stars and Stripes in those far-distant waters and to challenge the powerful monopolies of the British and Dutch East India companies. Only seven years earlier, in fact, the American ship Empress of China had ventured on the pioneering voyage to Canton. The seas still swarmed with pirates and every merchantman carried a heavy battery of guns and a crew which knew to use them. Amid such conditions were trained the sailors who were to man the Constitution and the other matchless frigates of 1812.’ - Ralph D. Paine,
Lost Ships and Lonely Seas (1921).

References: Ferguson.
Bibliography of Australia 478 (Giving a date of 1808).

Small octavo (18 x 11.5 cm) pp. [2] 8-28. In quarter cream paper spine over blue-grey paper boards, paper title label to front panel (title neatly matched from title page), new endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine.   Ref: 108491   Price: HK$ 2,500