Friday, September 13, 2013

The Female Soldier, or...

A four-panel illustration of Hannah Snell in a soldier's uniform, in various positions with her firearm....The Surprising Life and Adventures of Hannah Snell, Born in the City of Worcester, Who took upon herself the Name of James Gray; and, being deserted by her Husband, put on Mens Apparel, and travelled to Coventry in quest of him, where she enlisted in Col. Guise's Regiment of Foot, and marched with that Regiment to Carlisle, in the Time of the Rebellion in Scotland; shewing what happened to her in that City, and her Desertion from that Regiment.


A Full and True Account of her enlisting afterwards into Fraser's Regiment of Marines, then at Portsmouth; and her being draughted out of that Regiment, and sent on board the Swallow Sloop of War, on of Admiral Boscawen's Squadron, then bound for the East-Indies. With the many Vicissitudes of Fortune she met with during that Expedition, particularly at the Siege of Pondicherry, where she received Twelve Wounds. Likewise, the surprising Accident by which she came to hear of the Death of her faithless Husband, whom she went in quest of.

The Whole Containing

The most surprising Incidents that have happened in any preceeding Age; wherein is laid open all her Adventures, in Mens Cloaths, for near five Years, without her Sex being ever discovered.

London: Printed for and Sold by R. Walker, the Corner of Elliot's Court, in the Little Old-Bailey, 1750.

A title page for "The Female Soldier." The opposite page shows a portrait of Hannah Snell.
You've got to love a title page like that, and you will have to read it to believe it. Ask for Rare DA67.1.S46 1750.

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