New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1856. Second edition. INSCRIBED. 377pp. Small octavo [20 cm] Light brown cloth with blind stamped decorative patterns on the spine and covers. Very good. The covers are lightly rubbed. The cloth at the spine ends is lightly chipped. The underlying boards are peeking through at the corners. The first two pages are hanging on by a thread. Item #47400
Ferris has inscribed the front free endsheet. Important and valuable early firsthand account of life in Mormon Utah during its first decade by an objective observer. Ferris was appointed the territorial secretary of Utah in 1852-53 a position he held for six months. He subsequently moved to Califronia and wrote this account of his time among the Mormons. The contents are suprisingly even-keeled for a non-Mormon of the time. Flake 3329.