Spokane, WA: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1999. First Edition. Hardcover. SIGNED. 476pp. Octavo [24 cm.] Light blue cloth with silver stamped titles in dark blue panels on front board and backstrip. The textblock has slightly dropped, and the foot of the textblock is lightly soiled as a result. Includes an index and a bibliography. Illustrated with photographs. Near fine. Item #58477
Signed by Bagley on the title page in blue ink. Brannan was an early convert to the LDS faith, and holds a prominent place in California, and Mormon history. Brannan was the publisher of the LDS newspaper "The New York Messenger" as well as the publisher of the first San Francisco newspaper "The California Star".
Brannan arrived in California in 1846 with two-hundred other Mormons aboard the ship "Brooklyn". When landing in Yerba Buena (now San Francisco) their party quickly doubled the population of the rural outpost. Brannan is largely credited with publicizing the California Gold Rush, where legend has it, he ran through the streets of San Francisco yelling "Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!" A fascinating story of an extraordinary person.
Volume three in the monumental series "Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier"