1880 · [Claremont, N.H.]
"This SKETCH contains an account of the early years of W.B. Ide, recollections by his daughter of the family's trip across the plains to California in 1845, and an account of the Bear Flag revolt of 1846 as told by Ide to his brother in 1849, and in a letter to a Senator Wambough which, as Ide died in 1852, must have been written within a few years of the event. [An] interesting account of the overland journey of 1845 and important source on the beginnings of American rule in California in 1846..." - Streeter. The work is also important in that it is one of the few overland journals written from the point of view of a woman (Ide's daughter, who in 1845 at age eighteen accompanied her father west). Howes speculates that this first edition, printed by the author at the age of eighty-six on a handpress, "was probably small." The Streeter copy sold to Michael Ginsberg, then with Western Hemisphere, for $175 in 1968.
A rare and important California book. ZAMORANO 80, 45. COWAN, p.301. FLAKE 4183b. MINTZ 250. EBERSTADT, MODERN OVERLANDS 241. HOWES I4, "b." ROCQ 14960. TUTOROW 3466. STREETER SALE 2967. GRAFF 2059. (Inventory #: WRCAM48335C)