WHO CONQUERED CALIFORNIA? READ THE FOLLOWING PAGES AND THEN YOU WILL KNOW...THE MOST RELIABLE HISTORY OF THE CONQUEST OF CALIFORNIA, IN JUNE, 1846, BY THE "BEAR FLAG PARTY," EVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
by [Ide, Simeon]: Ide, William Brown
Claremont, N.H.: Printed and Published by Simeon Ide, 1885. 8,,137pp. 16mo. Original stiff printed wrappers bearing the title "Scraps of California History, 'Re-Written' by One of Its Early Pioneers." Spine chipped and worn, hinges reinforced, wraps bit soiled, minor tear in fore-edge of two leaves just touching a couple letters of text in one leaf, else very good. In a half morocco slipcase and cloth chemise. A very rare work, accorded a "b" rating by Howes, and one of the few publications to deal exclusively with the Bear Flag revolt, an important episode in the history of California. William Brown Ide's brother, Simeon Ide edited and printed this book on a small hand press when well into his eighties, such was his determination to "set the record straight" on William's derring-do in the Bear Flag revolt. Simeon personally compiled, proofed, printed, made plates and forms, and folded and gathered the sheets in his New Hampshire home, continuing to produce variations for family members and subscribers for the remainder of his life. The work is an essential document of the events of the conquest of California. The original wrappers are extremely rare, and interestingly the cover notes this booklet was "prepared for free distribution," such was Simeon Ide's zeal. This edition includes a new preface and some new material covering Ide's tour with Fremont and omits the Ide family sketch which constituted the first 87 pages of the first edition. A rare and important piece of Californiana. HOWES I5, "b." COWAN, p.301. STREETER SALE 2993. TUTOROW 3467.
(Inventory #: WRCAM52152)
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