Nov 17, 2016 - Sale 2432

Sale 2432 - Lot 72

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(CALIFORNIA.) [Ide, Simeon.] A Biographical Sketch of the Life of William B. Ide, with a Minute and Interesting Account of one of the Largest Emigrating Companies . . . the Most Authentic and Reliable Account of the Virtual Conquest of California . . . by the Bear Flag Party. [2], 239, [1] pages. 16mo, contemporary 1/2 morocco gilt, minor wear; signature erased from title page; with half-title reading "Scraps of California History Never Before Published"; later bookplate on front pastedown. [Claremont, NH, 1880]

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first edition of a key account of the Bear Flag Revolt and the California Republic. It is based on the writings of the revolt's leader William B. Ide, a recently arrived settler who is generally believed to have been a Mormon. "The only volume thus far that deals exclusively with this incident of California history . . . extremely rare"--Zamorano Eighty 45. The book was written by William Ide's brother Simeon, who set the type and printed this book on a hand press at the age of 86. Cowan 1933, page 301; Graff 2059; Howes I-4 ("b"); Streeter sale, V:2967.