A Delaware Indian Legend; And the story of their troubles
Washington DC: self-published, 1899. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo. Publisher's cloth with gilt lettering on spine and cover. Several illustrated and photographic plates throughout. 72 pp. plus 3 pp. "To the Delaware Indians" poem bound in.
Scuffing to edges and sunning to spine. Ex-library, with stickers on spine and cover, stickers and stamps inside front cover, and some reference marks on copyright page. Tight and clean, an excellent copy.
This is a very uncommon book self-published by indigenous poet Adams in an effort to drum up public support for his lawsuit against the American government on behalf of the Lenape people. The book explains the plight of the Lenape in plain language and offers several cultural items such as poems and folk tales to provoke sympathy in the reader. Adams was a celebrated Lenape poet who dedicated much of his later life to fighting for the land rights of his people. Very good. Item #1791