Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1856. Third edition. Hardcover. 168pp. Duodecimo [18 cm] Gray cloth with decorative blind stamping to boards and title gilt stamped on backstrip. Very good. Light rubbing to corners of boards. Ink ownership mark on the front free endsheet, title page and the fore edge. Forty-eight pages of advertisements at rear of book. Item #47475
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 in Utah, 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 3750. Howes G463. Wagner/Camp 213:7.