[CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC] [IDE, SIMEON]. Scraps of California History Never Before Published ... A Biographical Sketch of the Life...
. [Claremont, N.H.:] Published for the Subscribers, [circa 1880]. First edition, the Henry F. DePuy copy with a presentation inscription from Ide's nephew on the half-title, this an interesting variant issue bound within the original wrappers and preface for Simeon Ide's 1885 Who Conquered California? [Claremont: 1885]. Early three-quarters morocco, wrappers bound-in. 6 1/2 x 4 1/8 inches (17 x 11 cm); half-title, 239,  pp., bound within the wrappers for the above title, 8,  pp., being the preface, and a single text leaf of that work. Covers detached, the DePuy booklabel and Explorers Club bookplate, blindstamp of the New Hampshire Historical Society and ink presentation to them on the half title, some toning to wrappers, a very clean copy internally.
The DePuy copy of a great California rarity. This work provides an account of the Ide family's 1845 overland journey to California and the 1846 Bear Flag revolt as told by William Ide to his brother Simeon in 1849 and also in a long letter to a Senator. This remarkable story was recorded before William Ide's death in 1852 but the book was not printed until 1880, when the then 86 year-old Simeon Ide printed it by hand on a small "proof press" in an edition of approximately 80 copies for private distribution. This variant issue corresponds with a copy owned by Frank Streeter (2992) which also contained the text of Scraps of California History bound with the wrappers and preliminary leaves for Ide's 1885 follow up work Who Conquered California? This copy was most likely assembled for presentation to the New Hampshire Historical Society, the state in which the book was published, and the volume bears an inscription from William Ide's nephew. The Grabhorn Press reprinted the work in 1944 under the title The Conquest of California. Streeter 2967, 2992, 2993; Graff 2059; Howes I4; Zamorano Eighty 45.
C The Explorers Club Collection
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