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Stratton, R.B.
CAPTIVITY OF THE OATMAN GIRLS: BEING AN INTERESTING NARRATIVE OF LIFE AMONG THE APACHE AND MOHAVE INDIANS.
Published for the Author., New York, 1859. 290pp. including map and illustrations, plus five plates (including frontispiece) and 2pp. advertisements. Original blindstamped brown cloth, spine gilt. Spine ends and corners worn. Very light, occasional foxing; some tanning near the plates. Very good. Later, enlarged edition (designated "twenty-second thousand" on the titlepage) of this popular Indian captivity. Copyrighted 1857, the third edition appears with an 1858 titlepage (and a designation of "fourteenth thousand"), and has an identical collation to this 1859 edition. The Oatman family was attacked while travelling to California via the Old Santa Fe Route in 1851. Six members of the family were murdered, one of the sons was left for dead, and Mary and Olive were taken by the Apaches. Mary died in captivity and Olive was ransomed in 1856. She was extensively tattooed, and went on tour to describe her experiences and display her decorations. The book was tremendously popular in its time and a bestseller. Wagner-Camp does not mention a "twenty- second thousand" edition, but this might be their 294:6, which is referred to as the "twenty-first thousand." The first edition, published in San Francisco in 1857, is extremely rare and the second only slightly less so. HOWES S1068. WAGNER-CAMP 294:6. AYER 284 (ref). SABIN 92742 (ref). FIELD 1515 (ref). RITTENHOUSE 542 (ref). REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 148 (ref). [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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