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    Mormon Woman Held Captive by Indians

    R[oyal]. B. Stratton. Captivity of the Oatman Girls: Being an Interesting Narrative of Life Among the Apache and Mohave Indians. New York: Published for the author, 1858. Third edition (fourteenth thousand). Octavo. [2], [5]-290, [2] publisher's notices pages. Frontispiece portrait of Olive Oatman with chin tattoos, map of Gila-Colorado River Area facing page 21, and fourteen illustrations in text. Publisher's original brown cloth with blind-stamped decoration on the boards and titles and decoration stamped in gilt on the spine. Corners and spine ends abraded; lacking front-free endpaper; contents toned with light to moderate scattered foxing and occasional small stains, otherwise a very good copy.

    "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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