1935. San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1935.
8v, [xii] 209p., frontispiece and 5 full-page wood engravings and decorations in the text by Mallette Dean. Original linen backed orange boards, printed paper label on spine (chipped with loss), very good.
§ 550 copies designed and printed by the Grabhorn Press, May, 1935. The illustrations are engraved on wood by Mallette Dean. A lovely printing of this amazing account, in the “Rare Americana” series. John Howell notes: “This is the classic account of the massacre of the Oatman family in 1851. The Oatmans were members of a schismatic Mormon sect. They were headed to California to make a settlement near the junction of the Gila and Colorado Rivers when they were attacked by Apaches who killed the father, mother, and four children, and carried off as captives two daughters. The captive girls were carried into the mountains and after a time sold to the Mojaves. Olive and her brother Lorenzo were the only members of the family who lived to tell their harrowing tale of 5 years' captivity. The daughter Mary died during the ordeal and after Olive was released she lived in a New York insane asylum. Stratton's once popular book was forgotten for 75 years until this handsome Grabhorn Press edition. One of the Fifty Books of the Year.” GB 227. Item #109906