History of Utah, 1540-1887
Place Published: San Francisco, CA
Publisher: The History Company, Publishers
Date Published: 1890
Edition: Early printing
Book Id: 45234
808pp. Thick octavo [23.5 cm] Red cloth over boards, with elaborate lettering and pictorial stamping in gilt and black ink on the spine and front cover. Brown and white patterned endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of Brigham Young. With an additional brightly colored engraved title page. Illustrated. Index. Bibliography. Very good condition, with moderate rubbing to the extremities, very slight fraying at the head of the spine, and browned pages. A contemporary owner's name is neatly penned on the front flyleaf. All plates are present.
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. A lovely clothbound copy of this important and early Utah history. Flake 287.