IDE, Simeon (1794-1889). A Biographical Sketch of the Life or 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. [Claremont, N.H.: Simeon Ide, 1880.]
12mo., (6 4/8 x 4 3/8 inches). Original brown cloth decorated in black, lettered in gilt (lightly faded).
Provenance: with the ownership inscription of Geo. O. Ide, Chicago, Ills. On the front paste-down and on the verso of the front free endpaper; with the bookplate of James S. Copley on the front paste-down, his sale, Sotheby's New York "Magnificent American, Historical Documents", 10th May 2011, lot 1059.
First edition. RARE, apparently one of only 80 copies printed. For twenty-two days, William Ide, who had emigrated to California in 1845, was one of the leaders of the Bear Flag Revolt of June 14, 1846, and became "Commander-in-Chief" of the short-lived California Republic. This hagiography of Ide by his brother, is important for the firsthand information of the Bear Flaggers, a group of settlers roused to action by rumours that the Mexican Republic was going to expel all non-citizens; the capture of Sonoma and General Mariano Vallejo; the establishment of the republic; and the final conquest of California by the United States by the ramshackle California Battalion under the command of John C. Frémont. It includes "President" Ide's own narrative of the Bear Flag Revolt and its aftermath in a letter he wrote to Senator W. W. Wambough before his death in 1852. Cowan p 301; Graff 2059; Howes I4; Streeter sale 2967; Zamorano 80 45. Catalogued by Kate Hunter