Utah and the Mormons: The History, Government, Doctrines, Customs, and Prospects of the Latter-day Saints. From Personal Observation During a Six Months' residence at Great Salt Lake City
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Harper & Brothers, Publishers
Date Published: 1854
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 42204
317pp. Duodecimo [20 cm] Brown cloth with a gilt stamped title and 6 decorative gilt ruled borders on the spine. Decorative blind stamping to boards. Frontispiece portrait of Joseph Smith in profile. Title page vignette of Mormon coins in Utah. Good plus. The edges are dinged, and the underlying boards are exposed occasionally along the edges. There are small losses from the cloth at the ends of the backstrip, and there are also short splits in the cloth along the joints at the ends of the backstrip. The bottom edge of the text block has a small stain. There is a lending library label on the front pastedown, the text block is cracked at p. 147, and there is sporadic light foxing throughout the pages.
Important and valuable early firsthand account of life in Mormon Utah during its first decade by an objective observer. Ferris was appointed the territorial secretary of Utah in 1852-53, a position he held for six months. He subsequently moved to California and wrote this account of his time among the Mormons. Flake/Draper 3328. Howes F98. Wagner/Camp 238a.