History of Utah 1540-1887
Place Published: San Francisco, CA
Publisher: The History Company, Publishers,
Date Published: 1890
Edition: Second edition
Book Id: 20238
808pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Brown cloth covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine and blind stamped decorative patterns on the covers. Fair condition only. The covers are lightly rubbed and bumped. The cloth at the spine ends is slightly frayed. Former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. There are several abraded patches on the endsheets. The rear hinge has been reinforced. The text block is cracked at the title page. The first several pages are partially detached. Occasional marginalia in pencil throughout the pages.
Flake: 287. Part of the exhaustively researched western historical series. Bancroft had formed a large collection of source materials on the history of the American west and decided to write the definitive work on the subject. He employed assistants to prepare statements of the facts for large sections of the proposed history. Originally he intended to use these statements as the basis of a narrative from his own hand, but as the work progressed he came to use them with slight changes. We have his own word that the assistants were capable investigators and there is independent evidence to show that some of them deserved his confidence. Bancroft considered himself the author of the series. According to C.A. Morris in volume 4 of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, most of this work was written by Alfred Bates.