Publication: Whitton, Towne & Co's Excelsior Steam Power Presses, 1857, San Francisco
The Rare Second edition. 12mo. Contains a map that was not present in the rare first edition. Quarter leather and marbled paper over boards, 231 pp., preface, illustrated, map. The Oatman family was attacked while part of a Mormon train en route to California via the Old Santa Fe Route in 1851. Six members of the family were murdered, one of the sons left for dead, and Mary Ann and Olive were hauled away by the Apaches. Mary died while in captivity, and Olive was ransomed in 1856. She was extensively tattooed, and went on tour to describe her experiences and display her decorations. The first two editions of this work were issued in San Francisco in the same year, the first edition under the title "Life Among the Indians .......," and the second under the title as per above. The first edition is extremely rare, and the second only slightly less so. Housed in a clamshell case with titles stamped in gold gilt on the spine.
Inventory Number: 43903