Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1961. First edition, limited (1/209). Hardcover. 404pp. Octavo [24 cm] Light blue cloth with dark blue printed title on backstrip. The extremities are moderately bumped and rubbed, there are a couple of very short splits in the cloth at the head of the backstrip, and there is a bit of trivial soiling on the covers. The threads of the signatures are just barely revealed in the inside margins of the text block in several places, however the sturdiness of the text block is not affected. Very good. Item #55937
Released a year prior to the red cloth trade edition. The correct first edition, issued in only a minuscule printing of 209 copies, none were offered for sale. They were given to descendants of John D. Lee as well as to friends of the publisher and author. This true first printing omits the last three paragraphs on page 376 regarding Lee's reinstatement to membership in the Mormon Church. Scarce edition of this important work. Americana Century 35. Six Guns 286. Mattes 305.