Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret News Company, 1896. Hardcover. Seventeen volume set. Octavo 25 [cm] In issued bindings except volumes three and seventeen have been rebound (both in blue cloth, but differing shades). Volumes 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 14 bound in 3/4 leather over black boards with gilt bands and title on the backstrip. Front board of volume 14 detached but present. Volumes 10,11,12,13,15 and 16 bound in black cloth with title gilt stamped on the backstrip and blind stamped on the front board. Most of the volumes are very good or better. The last issue (October, 1896) of volume seventeen is missing. Successor to the 'Amateur'; predecessor of the Improvement Era. Complete in seventeen volumes. Illustrated throughout. Cecil Alter in the book 'Early Utah Journalism' wrote of the Contributor "It became a very fine and important journal, continuing so under Mr. Wells' leadership, until October, 1896, when it gave way to the Improvement Era." The Contributor was a periodical that was produced for the Young Men and Ladies Mutual Improvement Society that contained articles on a variety of secular subjects (art, history philosophy, fiction) as well as hymns, messages from General Authorities and conference reports. Flake/Draper 2479. Auerbach II 807. Item #29724
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