[IDE, Simeon; and Sarah HEALY]
A Biographical Sketch of the Life of William B. Ide: with a minute and interesting account of one of the largest emigrating companies. (3000 miles over land), from the east to the Pacific coast. And what is claimed as the most authentic and reliable account of "the virtual conquest of California, in June, 1846, by the Bear Flag Party"
[Claremont, N.H.]: Printed for the subscribers, . 12mo. (6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches). ,239,pp. Half title.
Expertly bound to style in period purple straight grain morocco, covers bordered in blind, upper cover lettered in gilt
Provenance: E. T. Ide (signature on title)
An Ide family association copy of a Bear Flag Rebellion rarity.
"This Sketch contains an account of the early years of W.B. Ide, recollections by his daughter of the family's trip across the plains to California in 1845, and an account of the Bear Flag revolt of 1846 as told by Ide to his brother in 1849, and in a letter to a Senator Wambough which, as Ide died in 1852, must have been written within a few years of the event. [An] interesting account of the overland journey of 1845 and important source on the beginnings of American rule in California in 1846..." (Streeter). The work is also important in that it is one of the few overland journals written from the point of view of a woman (Ide's daughter, who at eighteen accompanied her father west in 1845), and is unique in its exclusive treatment of the Bear Flag Revolt. Howes speculates that this first edition, printed by the author at the age of eighty-six on a handpress, "was probably small." A rare and important California book.
Howes I4, "B"; Streeter Sale 2967; Tutorow 3466; Graff 2059; Zamorano 80, 45; Cowan 1914, p.118.