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    Life in Indian Captivity

    R[oyal]. B. Stratton. Captivity of the Oatman Girls: Being an Interesting Narrative of Life Among the Apache and Mohave Indians. San Francisco: Whitton, Towne & Company, 1857. Second edition (Howes "B" state with changed title). Twelvemo. xiii, [1, blank], [15]-231 pages. Map. Portrait of Olive Oatman and 11 additional wood engraved illustrations in text. Recent quarter leather over marbled boards, titles stamped in gilt on a morocco spine label. Modest shelf wear to boards; leather spine a bit sunned; edges of text block toned and contents with scattered light to moderate foxing and occasional soiling and toning, small ex-libris on front pastedown, else generally in very good condition.

    "The Oatman family belonged to a small schismatic sect of Mormons. Its leader, after a revelation, pointed to the Colorado River, below the junction of the Gila, as the proper location of Zion. On their way there, the Oatmans were beset by Indians and most of them were killed. However, one of the daughters, Olive Oatman, survived her captivity and afterward, her adventures were vividly recounted by Royal Stratton and became a best-seller of the time..." - Wagner-Camp.

    References: Graff, 4006; Howes S1068; Sabin 92742; Wagner-Camp 294:4.

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