Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley

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Author: Piercy, Frederick Hawkins (1830-1891)

Year: 1855

Publisher: Westerniore Press

Place: Los Angeles


viii+120 pages with frontispiece folding map, tables, 30 engraved plates and 9 wood engravings after the sketches of Frederick Piercy, tables and appendix. Quarto (11 1/4" x 9") bound in original publisher's pebbled dark green cloth with light green lettering to spine and cover inside blind-stamped decorated label. Edited by James Linforth. (Graff 2501; Howes L359; Sabin 41325; Wagner-Camp 259; Wheat Transmississippi West 858 & pp 40-41) Reprint of the 1855 edition.

This work combines Piercy's 1853 travel narrative, a history of Mormon migration, an overview of Salt Lake City, and much background and current information on the emigration of English Mormons to America with practical advice for those travelers.

In 1853, the 23-year-old British artist Frederick Piercy embarked on a journey to the Great Salt Lake Valley. He wrote, "My object was to make sketches of ... the Route, and Great Salt Lake City, which were afterwards to be published." His aim was to provide crucial information to Mormon converts emigrating to the Rocky Mountains. In January 1854 Piercy returned to England, where Charles Fenn made Piercy's sketches into high quality steel engravings. James Linforth, an editor for the LDS publication Millennial Star, added footnotes to Piercy's 45 drawings, which became the illustrations for Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley. From July 1854 to September 1855 it was published first in 15 parts, and then in full book form. Though its use was limited among Latter-Day Saint emigrants, who by then were using eastern seaports to avoid cholera in the New Orleans area, the book proved to be a valuable aid for historians of the West. Wheat considers the present work's map "one of the most illuminating maps of the West to appear during 1855" and includes a folding reproduction of it in his own work. There appears to be several printings of the map which was completed at a different location. One with the states in color out line, one with the trail in color outline and one with no color. Howes points out that a large portion of the edition was water-damaged while enroute to New York. This edition shows no damage.


Corners bumped, slight musty smell else a very good copy.

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