Lot 34 of 739:
First Printed news of the Bear Flag Revolt and Conquest of California  

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Letters from California

Bartlett, Washington Allen


The Friend



Four issues of 8 pp. each: Vol. IV, No. 20 (October 15, 1846), pp. [153]-160; Vol. IV, No. 21 (November 22, 1846), pp. [161]-168; Vol. IV, No. 22 (November 16, 1846), pp. [169]-176; Vol. IV, No. 23 (December 1, 1846), pp. [177]-184. (Folio) 29x24 cm (11½x9½"), mid-twentieth-century three-quarter dark brown morocco over brown cloth. First Editions.

Bartlett reports on the Bear Flag Revolt (November 16 issue) with a summation and selected quotes from Ide’s proclamation and an account of the Conquest of California by U.S. forces (December 1 issue). These issues include transcriptions of Stockton’s announcement of war with Mexico and of the blockade of Southern California, the activities of the Mormon Battalion, an uprising of Native Americans near Sutter’s Fort, and a Mexican attack against forty Americans at Los Angeles.

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This is not Thomas W. Streeter’s copy; the pencil notes on the front pastedown are not in his hand.

Scattered foxing and waterstaining at lower right blank margin.

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