Norman, OK: Arthur H. Clark Company, 2012,2013. 1/55. Two Volume set. 536, 496pp. Octavo [24 cm] Full blue leather with silver titles on the front boards and the back strips. Both volumes fine in publisher's shrink-wrap.This is one of the limited editions from the award winning series 'Kingdom in the West'. Each of the volumes in this series was issued in a limited edition. The limitation of each is 55, this is number 42. These limited's have been sold-out by subscription from the beginning, and there is a waiting list for the subscriptions. Each of the limited editions is issued with a printed keepsake. The keepsake for this set is a reprint of the Morgan edited 'Letters by Forty-Niners: Written from Great Salt Lake City in 1849' which was originally privately printed and distributed. Item #37616
Volumes 14 and 15 in the important series 'Kingdom in the West', are dedicated to the writings of the preeminent historian, Dale Morgan. Morgan scholar Richard Saunders has edited and annotated both volumes. Morgan's importance to Western and Utah scholarship can not be understated, the books and authors that he helped and provided research for is truly impressive: 'Mountain Meadows Massacre' [Brooks], 'No Man Knows My history' [Brodie], 'Mormon Country' [Stegner], 'Mapping the Transmissippi West' [Wheat], etc. During his life he was recognized more as a historian on the fur trade and mountain men, with his works on Jedeidah Smith, William Ashley and others, but his passion was for the history of his home and his faith. These two works cover his published and unpublished works on Utah and the Mormons.
The first volume includes key extracts from Morgan’s contribution to the WPA guide to Utah (1941), which remains an excellent introduction to the complex history of the Beehive State. It further provides a new historiographic introduction to his seminal work The State of Deseret and presents important previously unpublished works on the Kingdom of God, the Deseret Alphabet, and the origins of the infamous Danite society. In addition this set contains some of Morgan's bibliographic work, included is a reprinting of his scarce bibliographies on the schismatic Mormon groups (usually cited as Morgan I, II, III). At the heart of this second volume is a newly corrected presentation of Morgan’s unfinished magnum opus, “The Mormons.” Also included are a number of forgotten treasures, including Morgan’s still-definitive article on the Emmett Company, which headed west from Nauvoo in 1844 as the first party of westering Latter Day Saints; his privately distributed bibliography of the lesser Mormon churches; and the historian’s last published reflections on the Mormon experience.