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David Hodgdon & The Double Escape

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Recently come to my attention is The Double Escape, a book written and illustrated by David Hodgdon and printed by Michael Russem.  Here are a few details:

The War of 1812 has few action narratives, especially ones produced by non-combatants caught up in an unwelcome conflict at sea. Dr. David Hodgdon, a historian and a descendant of the story’s 19th century author has researched the events at sea off the New Jersey coast in the winter of 1813; official records reproduced in the new book were compiled from maritime archives in the U.S. and in England, these have been added to the local documentary evidence substantiating the capture of the Salem boat Fox,whose master Samuel Hodgdon, left an epistolary record of his coasting voyage to Philadelphia. The letters are part of the Willard Peele Papers now in the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum. […]

The edition of 60 copies is a letterpressed text on Zerkall paper with Baskerville types from Michael and Winifred Bixler. The text is complemented by 14 line drawings by David Hodgdon depicting life at sea during the closing years of the Napoleonic wars; Oxbow Press has produced 12 offset reproductions of archival documents supporting the short story. Lisa Van Pelt has bound the edition with Hahnemühle Bugra paper over boards and slipcased the 10 x 15” folio edition. Each copy is available for $650 post paid

See the book photos for a detailed look, or contact David Hodgdon.