1859 - CAPTIVITY OF THE OATMAN GIRLS - Stratton, 1st/1st - MOHAVE INDIANS - RARE
CAPTIVITY OF THE OATMAN GIRLS: BEING AN INTERESTING NARRATIVE OF LIFE AMONG THE APACHE AND MOHAVE INDIANS — By R.B. Stratton, Very Scarce Third Edition, 1859
Publisher: Carlton & Porter, New York (1859 — Published for the author)
A very scarce third edition from 1859 of "Captivity of the Oatman Girls: Being an Interesting Narrative of Life among the Apache and Mohave Indians", by Royal B. Stratton. Full title: Captivity of the Oatman Girls: Being an Interesting Narrative of Life among the Apache and Mohave Indians. Containing An interesting account of the massacre of the Oatman Family, by the Apache Indians, in 1851; the narrow escape of Lorenzo D. Oatman; the capture of Olive A. and Mary A. Oatman; the death, by starvation, of the latter, the five years' suffering and captivity of Olive A. Oatman; also, her singular recapture in 1856; as given by Lorenzo D. and Olive A. Oatman, the only surviving member of the family, to the author R.B. Stratton.
The third edition was printed for the author by New York publisher Carlton & Porter, at 200 Mulberry Street. It was then for sale in Cleveland, Ohio by Ingham & Bragg. The first edition was published in 1857 by the pastor Royal B. Stratton. It sold 30,000 copies, a bestseller for that era. There are illustrations of Native Americans and the Oatmans throughout the book, and some maps. Brown embossed boards with gilt title and decorations on the spine. Good condition, with some wear to corners and spine ends. Interior remains free of marking, save some foxing. Please see below for more information on Olive Oatman and her very famous story.
About the Book and Olive Oatman
Olive Ann Oatman (1837 – March 20, 1903) was a woman from
Illinois whose family was killed in 1851, when she was fourteen, in present-day
Arizona by a Native American tribe, possibly the Tolkepayas (Western Yavapai);
they captured and enslaved her and her sister and later sold them to the Mohave
people. After several years with the Mohave, during which her sister died of
hunger, she returned to white society, five years after being carried off. In
subsequent years, the tale of Oatman came to be retold with dramatic license in
the press, in her own "memoir" and speeches, novels, plays, movies
and poetry. The story resonated in the media of the time and long afterward,
partly owing to the prominent blue tattooing of Oatman's face by the Mohave.
Much of what actually occurred during her time with the Native Americans
In 1857, a pastor named Royal B. Stratton wrote a book about
the Oatman girls titled Life Among the Indians. The book sold 30,000 copies, a
best-seller for that era. Royalties from the book paid for Oatman and her
brother Lorenzo's college education at the University of the Pacific. She went
on the lecture circuit to help promote the book. In November 1865, Oatman married cattleman John B.
Fairchild. Though it was rumored that she died in an asylum in New York in
1877, she actually went to live with Fairchild in Sherman, Texas, where they
adopted a baby girl, Mamie.