Stockholm: Tryckt A Aftonbladets Tryckeri, 1853. First Swedish edition. Hardcover. 187pp. Duodecimo [19.5 cm] Light green boards with printed borders to boards, title printed on front board and backstrip and a nice pioneer illustration to the front board. Near fine. Head and foot of backstrip lightly chipped with loss. Minor bumping to corners. Internally fine. Item #24713
John Gunnison was assigned as second-in-command of the Stansbury Expedition. The winter of 1849 was particularly harsh and the expedition was put on hold until the spring. Gunnison made use of the time to befriend and study the culture of the Mormon inhabitants of the Salt Lake Valley. A remarkably fair and unbiased account (for the time). Gunnison's account of life in early Salt Lake Valley, along with Stansbury and Fremont, form a trilogy of early and seminal accounts of what life was like here, prior to the coming of the Mormons (Fremont) and early firsthand accounts of life in the valley during the first few years of Mormon inhabitation (Stansbury & Gunnison). Gunnison was later killed on the 26th of October 1853, near Delta, Utah, purportedly by Indians in what is known as the Gunnison Massacre. Flake/Draper 5192.