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Life Among the Indians, or: The Captivity of the Oatman Girls Among the Apache & Mohave Indians., Royal Byron Stratton (1827-1875).
1 Royal Byron Stratton (1827-1875). Life Among the Indians, or: The Captivity of the Oatman Girls Among the Apache & Mohave Indians.
San Francisco: CA: Grabhorn Press, 1935 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Missing Hardcover 
Third Series: Rare Americana, No. 2. LIMITED EDITION of 550 copies designed and printed at the Grabhorn Press with handset Lutetia type on machine made paper. Some of the silhouettes were drawn by Valenti Angelo and used in the Joaquin Murieta book in the series printed in 1932, but there are many new ones done specially for this book by Mallette Dean. 8vo. 9 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches. xii, 209, [1 blank] pp. Frontispiece and 5 wood engravings by Mallette Dean not included in the pagination, title-page printed in brick-red and black inks, map in 2 colors, caption titles and 8 initials in brick-red, silhouettes on title page and first page of each chapter in black; text clean, unmarked. Quarter brown cloth, patterned cloth over boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear, faint white spot to front board, end-papers toned, LACKS dust-jacket. Very Good. Introduction by Lindley Bynum. This is the classic account of the massacre of the Oatman family in 1851. The Oatmans were members of a schismatic Mormon sect. They were headed to California to make a settlement near the junction of the Gila and Colorado Rivers when they were attacked by Apaches who killed the father, mother, and four children, and carried off as captives two daughters. The captive girls were carried into the mountains and after a time sold to the Mojaves. Olive and her brother Lorenzo were the only members of the family who lived to tell their harrowing tale of 5 years' captivity. The daughter Mary died during the ordeal and after Olive was released she lived in a New York insane asylum. Stratton's once popular book was forgotten for 75 years until this handsome Grabhorn Press edition. One of the Fifty Books of the Year. REFERENCES: Heller and Magee, Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press, 1915-1940, No. 227; Howes, U.S.iana, S1068; Sabin, Bibliotheca Americana, 92742. 
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