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March 2013
Mormon List Seventy-One

– UTAH –
Like Mormon Lists 66-70, this catalog is issued as a digital document only, which allows more illustrations than a printed catalog. Browse like usual, or check below to find additional subjects. Enjoy! [Note that links are not operative in this Microsoft Word version.]


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Back Row, left to right: Items 37, 25, 24, 79, 22, 117, 119.

Middle Row: Items 115, 34, 102, 18 — Front Row: Items 116, 118

Index numbers below refer to Items in this catalog (rather than pages).





Not in Flake, 20, 36, 63, 77, 112, 122

Items over $500, 45, 104, 105, 112, 121, 135, 138, 146, 149

Autograph and Manuscript items, 8, 9, 14, 146, 149

Association copies, 29, 129, 146, 149

Broadside/Broadsheet, 78, 95

Maps, 3, 18, 22, 36, 37, 43, 45, 60, 86, 93, 95, 104, 105, 107, 111, 112, 125, 135

Photographs, (40), 66, 114, 149

Bridger, Fort, 8, 9, 14

California, 4, 13, 20, 30, 49, 50, 53, 70, 73, 98, 101, 102, 111, 147

Children, 4, 10, 39, 40, 68, 80, 93, 97, 124, 150

Edmunds, George F., 46, 47, 93

Fiction, 44, 103, 120

Gold rush of 1849, 4, 53, 111

Grant, Heber J., 80, 87

Idaho, 30, 35, 63, 93, 101, 110, 131, 145

Kirtland, Ohio, 20, 46

Laramie, Fort, 5, 143

Lee, John D., 74, 83

McKay, David O., 146

Manti, Utah, 116, 117, 139

Mining, 30, 86, 113, 121, 135, 145

Missions, 22, 40, 48, 77, 110, 130, 131

Mormon Battalion, 107

Native Americans, 29, 83, 88, 89, 104, 105

Nauvoo, 58, 86, 90, 91, 112

Nevada, 4, 13, 30, 89, 127, 144

Political, 17, 41, 42, 47, 82, 94, 122, 137

Polygamy (most notable items): 5, 11, 31, 44, 46, 47, 49, 63, 66, 103, 121, 127, 137

Pomeroy, Irene, 49, 50

Pratt, Orson, 40, 79, 99

Prostitution, 121

Provo, Utah, 9, 36, 87, 133, 134

Railroads, 18, 36, 37, 43, 62, 69, 81, 113, 121, 143, 149

Richards, Willard, 41, 68, 129

Salt Lake City (most notable items): 28, 40, 49, 52, 56, 62, 67, 71, 87, 102, 110, 112, 114, 115, 118, 121, 146, 149

Smith, Joseph F., 6, 52, 81, 94, 136

Snow, Lorenzo, 21, 40, 81, 100, 109

Taylor, John, 56, 68, 101, 127, 134, 149

Women, 44, 49, 57, 66, 67, 71, 97, 98, 101, 103, 111, 120, 145

Woodruff, Wilford, 28, 40, 62, 73, 149

Young, Brigham (most notable items): 11, 40, 56, 66, 114, 129, 149

Young, John W., 129



  1. [Anderson, Edward Henry] The Life of Brigham Young . . . Salt Lake City, Utah: Geo. Q. Cannon & Sons Co., Publishers, 1893.

19½ cm. [2 (title, preface)] ff.; [vii]-viii, [9]-173, [3 (ads)] pp. Toned with moderate wear, in the original salmon-colored printed wrappers (but wrappers separated, tattered and lacking most of the backstrip). Final leaves with oxidation around the staples. $20


Flake 94, the first of three editions (the last being in Danish). The real reason federal troops headed to Utah in 1857 (Brigham Young thought) "was the extermination of the Mormons, the spoliation of their homes and possessions, their complete annihilation." (p. 132). By the end of the page, we read of Brigham's declaration of martial law on September 17. There is no mention of the Mountain Meadows massacre that had just occurred.



  1. Arrington, Leonard J. From Quaker to Latter-Day Saint: Bishop Edwin D. Woolley. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1976.

22½ cm. xiii, [i], 1-592, [1 (note regarding endpapers)] pp. Numerous illustrations in the text. Orig. illustrated cloth; illustrated just jacket. Owner's stamps on blank endpaper verso and on half-title, but both the book and the dust jacket are in very good condition. $25

A number of stories survive to indicate strong friendship between Joseph Smith and Edwin Dilworth Woolley, and it was on Woolley's doorstep that Smith is reputed to have uttered the prophetic phrase as he left Nauvoo to surrender at Carthage, Illinois, in June of 1844, "I go like a lamb to the slaughter. . . . and it shall yet be said of me that I was murdered in cold blood." (p. 124). "E.D.," as his family called him, was an ancestor to Spencer Woolley Kimball, J. Reuben Clark, and countless other Latter-day Saints to the present day. See also item 96 in this catalog.




  1. BEADLE, J[ohn]. H[anson]. LIFE IN UTAH; OR, THE MYSTERIES AND CRIMES OF MORMONISM. Being an Exposé of the Secret Rites and Ceremonies of the
    Latter-Day Saints, with a Full and Authentic History of Polygamy and the Mormon Sect from its Origin to the Present Time. By J. H. Beadle, Editor of the Salt Lake Reporter, and Utah Correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial. Issued by subscription only, and not for sale in the book stores. . . . Philadelphia, Pa.; Chicago, Ill.; Cincinnati, Ohio; St. Louis, Mo.; Atlanta Ga.: National Publishing Company, [c. 1870].

21½ cm. 540, [4 (ads)] pp. + 2 frontispieces and other plates plus small folding map of Utah; additional illustrations in the text. Original green blind- and gilt-stamped cloth; yellow endleaves. General wear, spine caps moderately frayed, and plenty of other medium or worse faults throughout: essentially a reading copy, but very solid and holding together strongly (neither the joints nor hinges cracked, but that doesn't make it pretty). Expect some stains, soil, little tears here and there, and exposed corners, etc.. Not horrible, but not a show-piece or collector copy. $45


Flake 344, the first of many editions, versions, and languages in which this most classic and pervasive of all anti-Mormon potboilers of the era appeared.


  1. Bennett, William P. The First Baby in Camp. A Full Account of the Scenes and Adventures During the Pioneer Days of '49. George Francis Train.—Staging in Early Days.—A Mad, Wild Ride.—The Pony Express.—Some of the Old Time Drivers. By Wm. P. Bennett, Author of "The Sky-Sifter." The fastest time made in Nevada by Stage, Pony Express or Buckboard, 22 miles in 48 minutes. (Picture 22x28 accompanies this book.) Salt Lake City, Utah: The Rancher Publishing Co., 1893.

17 cm. 68 pp., [1]f. The final leaf is blank on the front, and contains on the back an ad printed in blue advertising "Choice Pictures" for sale by the author as agent, in Salt Lake City. Orig. printed tan wrappers. Very good, but wrappers with light soil and a crease to a large front corner area. $45


Flake 407. California history, but with the lead article (pp. [6]-8) as a warm-hearted account of a Mormon baby boy born on Christmas 1849 at Canyon Creek in Placer County, California. Word got out that Bill Wilson had gotten a twelve-pound nugget. Visitors were escorted in to see this acquisition by small groups, and everyone kept the joke until people traveled for miles to behold the wonder. Followed by a sentimental poem on the subject. "The baby brought luck with it," we read,
for on the day it was born Wilson made a big find in his claim. He struck a crevice that was piled full of coarse gold. He took out $3,000 in one pan. It was all in nuggets, the largest of which was worth over $300.

. . . Bill Wilson was a Mormon and went back to Salt Lake so well stocked with gold that he was able to afford the luxury of three wives. [p. 7]

No other Mormon content noticed, but I think most of us have heard of this little pamphlet over the years! As Flake notes, "The folded plate [mentioned on the title page] does not accompany any known copy." Indeed, the book does not claim that the picture was folded, and judging from the back page ad of similar works, it would not have been the sort of thing one would fold up: "These pictures are all works of Fine Art, 22x28 inches, published by the well known firm of Kurz & Allison, and are worthy of a place in the most elegantly furnished parlor . . ."


  1. Birge, Julius C. The Awakening of the Desert. By Julius C. Birge, With Illustrations. Boston: Richard G. Badger; The Gorham Press, [c. 1912].

19 cm. 429 pp. + the 25 plates as called for. Orig. red cloth, gilt-lettered on the spine and front board. A very good copy. $60


First Edition. Flake 528; Howes B 463. Several chapters on Mormons, including "The Mormon Trail" and "Mormon Homes and Social Life." See pp. 196-210, 280-358. The photos favor wildlife and scenes obviously taken by good amateurs. Ironically, the only plates showing people are of Mormons, including Strang. Of particular interest to me, however, were historic buildings: "The Old Company Quarters at Fort Laramie" facing p. 184, and "Sutter's Fort Before Restoration, Sacramento . . . ," facing p, 406.
The writer is both discrete and respectful of the Mormons. His description of visits to polygamous homes (pp. 345-46) avoids the sensational, and replaces the usual expected disdain of such narratives with an engaging, detailed narrative style. "Personally I have met none who did not seem to be moral and true to the fundamental principles that underlie Christian character, as they understood them." (p. 347)



  1. Blair, George E., editor. The Mountain Empire Utah. A Brief and Reasonably Authentic Presentation of the Material conditions of a State that Lies in the Heart of the Mountains of the West . . . Edited and Published by Geo. E. Blair & R. W. Sloan, Salt Lake City, Utah. Copyrighted 1904.

24 cm. 142, [2 (contents, list of illustrations)] pp. Orig. thick brown wrappers decorated in silver with the familiar ox-skull "bulletin of the plains" image, sego lilies and a beehive. Medium wear and edge discoloration to first leaves, etc. The wrappers themselves have very little wear but a little soil. $30

Flake 551. Promotional booklet with some seventy black and white illustrations. The section on churches (pp. 26-34) begins with the Latter-day Saints and is straightforward without editorializing, and includes a picture of Joseph F. Smith. An artist's rendering of the "First Presbyterian Church - Salt Lake City" (3½ X 5") is architecturally impressive and inviting. At the beginning of the first article, "The Pioneers" appears this note in print: "{By Judge C. C. Goodwin, former Editor Salt Lake Tribune}." (p. [3]).



  1. Bowles, Samuel. Description of Utah polygamy in THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS (newspaper, Burlington, Vermont) for Friday morning, August 25, 1865 [XXXIV (New Series XII):8]

Large folio, [4] pages. Very good; moderate edge wear. Disbound from a volume, the two leaves nearly separated from one another. $45


"polygamy in utah.—Mr. Samuel Bowles writes to the Springfield, Massachusetts, Republican from Utah . . ." (page 2, columns 3-4; 12 column inches of small type). This is an early report, before the book. Mr. Bowles, Schuyler Colfax (future Vice President under Grant) and others traveled from Atchison, Kansas to San Francisco May 21 - July, 1865. See Flake 767, note on Bowles' Across the Continent: A Summer's Journey to the Rocky Mountains . . . (Springfield, Massachusetts and New York, 1865) Also see item 11 in this catalog. Here is a sampling from the lengthy correspondence preserved in this paper:

". . . There are several cases of men marrying both mother (a widow) and her daughter or daughters—taking the 'old woman for the sake of getting the young ones; but having children by all. Please cipher out for yourselves how this mixes things. More disgusting associations are known—even to the marrying of a half-sister by one Mormon. . . . and it is safe to predict that a few generations of such social practices will breed a physical, moral and mental debasement of the people most frightful to contemplate. . . .
". . . The Mormon religion is an excellent institution for maintaining masculine authority in the family; and the greatness of a true Mormon is measured indeed, by the number of wives he can keep in sweet and loving and especially in obedient subjection. Such a man can have as many wives as he wants. But President Young objects to multiplying wives for men who have not this rare domestic gift. So there[,] there is no chance for you and me, my dear Jones, becoming successful Mormons.

. . . . .

". . . Brigham, Jr., is mainly distinguished for his size and strength—he weighs 200 to 300 pounds, and is muscular in proportion. He has now taken one of his wives and gone to England with her on business for the church. The next son, John, is a poor and puny looking fellow, with several wives and an inordinate love for whiskey. Brigham's dynasty will die with himself. . . ."


  1. [Bridger, Fort]. CARTER, W[illiam]. A[lexander]. (1818-1881). Autograph Letter Signed to "Genl." J[acob]. M[ontgomery]. Thornburgh (in Knoxville, Tennessee). Fort Bridger, Wyoming Territory, May 15, 1881.

10 X 8 inches, 8 pages. Very good. Some ink smudges by the writer himself and a bit of moderate staining and soil to the back page somewhat affecting the signature. $90


Judge Carter was the sutler at Fort Bridger for many years, and a significant economic and social figure from the time of the Utah War until his death which occurred the year of this letter. The recipient was a Representative to Congress from Tennessee, and a Tennessee attorney general (fought in the Civil War, but not a military general.)
This lengthy letter is social, informative and colorful. Carter describes major improvements which he is making to his house, but he is disgusted with indolent, opportunistic workmen. "It is the Holy Sabbath," he quips on page 2, "but still I hear, in the dining room, the faint sound of a hammer, about every 3/4 of an hour, sounding the death knell of my money, and I am scarcely able to keep my temper long enough to write you a decent letter."
General Harney is coming to visit soon, and other dignitaries, hopefully. Carter has been advising one Mr. Baxter in cattle arrangements with "Lieut. Young" and [Bishop] Abram Hatch "of Heber City, Utah, who had 2500 for sale." "I have not been well for some time," concludes Carter, "but think my sickness results mainly from hard labor. As soon as I can get through with my building I am determined to take life easier." That life, however, would end six months later on November 7, 1881, when Carter was sixty-two.


I did not like to have a barrel of whiskey in the house,
for it might have given the Bishop or some of the
leaders an opportunity to injure the house . . .


  1. [Bridger, Fort]. SCOTT, L. B.  Letter providing news and a short inventory of merchandise on hand, written to Judge W. A. CARTER (at Fort Bridger, Utah Territory). Heber City, Utah Territory, December 31, 1864.

25 X 20 cm. 3 pages on two conjugate leaves; docketed on back: "L. B. Scotts Statement of Grain &c. on hand ^ Heber City- ^ Jny 1st 1865 Answered 10th Jny 65." In very good condition; folds from mailing; pin holes from securing in a binding or ledger. $135


Fascinating agent's or colleague's letter to the sutler/merchant at Fort Bridger at the end of 1864. While well-written, much of the content remains obscure to me. But regarding Judge CARTER . . .
After the Mormon Wars, Fort Bridger . . . was occupied by Albert Sidney Johns[t]on and the U.S. Army. William A. Carter arrived with Johns[t]on in 1858 as the fort's sutler. Describing Carter and his store in his 1869 book the Great West, James F. Rustling wrote: 'Gradually his sutler-store had grown to be a trade-store with the Indians, and passing emigrants; and in 1866 he reported his sales at $100,000 per year, and increasing. He was a shrewd, intelligent man, with a fine library and the best eastern newspapers, who had seen a vast deal of life in many phases on both sides of the continent, and his hospitality was open-handed and generous even for a Virginian. [Swann Galleries (New York) auction catalog 2043 (May 12, 2005), entry 130, offering Carter's original manuscript ledger at Ft. Bridger, 1859-66, for a pittance]
HEBER CITY was part of the Heber Valley settlement southeast of Salt Lake City, which began following the Utah War. By 1862, there were more than 1,000 settlers in that area. Both Heber and the valley's first settlement, Kimball, were named after Heber C. Kimball, the Mormon apostle who had converted many of the local colonists. Below are samples from the text of the letter now offered here:

Wheat on hand Dec 1st, 64 - 19,700 [lbs.]

    "     Taken in - 23,093
[total:] 42,793 lbs, or 713 Bush[els]:
. . . .
Potatoes on hand . . . 15,983 lbs . . . as soon as Wilkens Will is ready to grind I will have the wheat ground into Flour.
. . . . .

I loaded 14 wagons for Douglas, but they only put about 1500 on a wagon, and had a terrible time getting oats with that much. . . .


. . . . .
[W?]all is very angry about the horses, threatens to put up an opposition house &c. but of course it is all bosh, for he couldn't buy a wagon load of goods to save his life unless he bought on Cr[edit]: and that he can't do: . . .
. . . . .
I sold the Bbl of whiskey! to Kimball for 250 00 it being all that it was worth in my opinion, and I did not like to have a barrel of whiskey in the house, for it might have given the Bishop or some of the leaders an opportunity to injure the house, and I concluded it best to dispose of it. . . . The snow is very deep, about 15 inches, . . .

When ever you wish me to come to Bridger let me know, and I will start over.


. . . . .

Enclosed I also send you the receipt I got from the Gov & Q. Mr [i.e., Quartermaster] for the Oats, you will ch[ar]ge the Q Mr at Douglas & Co. the Provo Store, with them





  1. Bromfield, Edward T., editor. Picturesque Journeys in America of the Junior United Tourist Club. Edited by the Rev. Edward T. Bromfield. Profusely Illustrated. New York: R. Worthington, 1883.

24½ cm. vi, 200 pp. + frontispiece. Orig. striking pictorial cloth decorated in green, gold and silver. A very good, attractive copy but for some damp-discoloration to the outside of the lower back board. $75

Flake 876. Nicely-produced "coffee table" book for young people. A different version appeared two years later under the title, Picturesque Tours . . . This arm-chair picture-travel through America is written for young people, but in humor­less, didactic text. Fortunately, the illustrations are as wonderful as the dialogue is dreary. The views of Springville Canyon (Utah), Shoshone Falls (Snake River), or of the Indian raising a human scalp triumphantly over his head cannot disappoint. There are many striking full-page engravings, and many smaller ones that are just as good.
Two chapters treat Utah and the Mormons, pp. 43-76, including 24 illustrations (8 of them full-page, and all of them good). Brigham Young looks most friendly and benevolent, though the text is hard on the Saints for their polygamy, while praising their physical achievements. I especially liked the full-page engraving of "Mormon Emigrants on their Way to Salt Lake City," posing for a photograph, obviously, lounging in front of, and upon wagons parked with their tent on the prairie (p. 61).
Dr. Paulus: We are now entering, if you please, the confines of Utah territory.
Grace: The land of Blue-beards.
Dr. Paulus: Most of it, unfortunately, is held by the Mormons; but they will not interfere with us, though we may have a little to say about them by and by. Here is Corinna, not a Mormon town, though in Utah.
Kate: It does not look much of a place.

Dr. Paulus: No, nor very picturesque; but it is a specimen of a frontier city, and has a large trade with the great mining regions of this great Basin. At Ogden City we leave the Union Pacific for the Utah railroad for Salt Lake City. But before going there, I wish you to look at some beautiful views of Utah scenery, after which we shall have something to say about Mormondom. [etc., etc., pp. 45-46; image of Corinne from p. 45].


Future Vice-President Colfax tells Brigham Young to get a revelation


  1. Bross, William. "VISITING THE MORMONS. By Lieut.-Gov. William Bross, of Ill. [To] Theodore Tilton, Esq., Editor of The Independent:" Lengthy front-page article/letter to the editor of this newspaper, The Independent (New York) for Thursday, December 7, 1865 [XVII; Whole No. 888].

Folio (24½ X 17½ inches). 8 pp. Very good; disbound. $125


Original, to this newspaper, filling the equivalent of more than two tall columns at the center of the front page (more than 46 column inches of text). Bross offers "some facts in relation to the Mormons, observed in my late tour across the continent, with Mr. Speaker Colfax," including a first-hand interview with Brigham Young, whom he describes as . . .
. . . a man of about medium height, with an immense chest, . . . His head is large, forehead high, round, and broad, his hair and whiskers incline to auburn, and, though he is sixty-four years of age, scarcely a gray hair can be seen, and not a wrinkle detected upon his red and expressive face. His nose resembles the hawk's bill, and his lips, firmly closing, with his blue and at times flashing eyes, betoken the great force and indomitable energy which he has always manifested. As some one said of Napoleon, "he is one of the favored few, born to command."

Bross observes earlier that "Brigham Young and other dignitaries, and the merchants of Salt Lake, are earnest, energetic, and apparently sincere men. . . . there was much less fanaticism and bigotry than we had expected to see." –On the other hand, "From all we could observe, however, and from the assurance of our Gentile friends, some of whom have lived in Salt Lake for years, we became satisfied that there is not a cheerful, contented, and real happy Mormon woman in all Utah."

"Perhaps no other visitors at Salt Lake," claimed Bross,
ever had such ample opportunities to observe the peculiar workings of Mormonism. The principal men among them took us on a pic-nic to Salt Lake; Brigham Young and his elders called upon us, and talked with us familiarly for two hours; the call was returned, and when all general topics were exhausted, and we were about to leave; Brigham himself introduced the subject of polygamy, and asked Mr. Speaker what the Government was going to do about it. Mr. Colfax replied that he could only speak for himself, and, as he had heard that the Mormons claimed that polygamy was introduced by direct command from Heaven, he ardently hoped that the President would very soon have another revelation, peremptorily forbidding the system. This opened the discussion, and for more than an hour Brigham and his elders plied all the arguments they could command for their favorite dogma, and Mr. Colfax and his friends replied with all the reasons and the wit they could bring to bear against it. The best of feeling was maintained on both sides; and, as usual, probably both were more than ever determined to adhere to their own peculiar views. At another time, a leading Mormon merchant gave a dinner-party to Mr. Colfax and his friends, at which Brigham Young and his elders were invited; and in various ways we mingled familiarly and socially with the people.
Emphasis added. See biographical notice and public-domain portrait above at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuyler_Colfax See the full text of this article at:

http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/19CMNI/id/8688/rec/10

. . . the Mormons under their fanatical leader and prophet, are in

open rebellion against the U.S. Government.


  1. The Burlington Weekly Sentinel (Burlington, Vermont) for Friday, December 18, 1857 [57:51].

Folio, [4] pp. Bright and very good; disbound. A couple clean short tears (without loss) do not affect the Mormon-related content. $125


Rare original documentation of bad press for the Mormons. OCLC suggests no more than two possible copies of this issue (even those not absolutely specified), and no copy of any issue housed anywhere west of Vermont. A colorful and dramatic Utah War editorial, original to this paper, begins at the top of the front page, and continues down most of column three (16 column inches). The language is unrestrained, and anticipates "a bloody war. . . . Delusion like that of the Mormons, which has waxed fat and grown strong, fortifying itself in all the social and domestic, as well as civil relations of life, cannot be overthrown in a moment." Previous federal restraint was based on a hope that polygamy would die out by itself, but now we have traitorous rebellion in that territory, plus the recent "destruction of the emigrant trains to California, and of the wagon trains belonging to the army . . ." John Bernhisel has served his master and mislead the nation, but true policy becomes apparent at last:
And now that the arch fanatic Young has struck the blow which makes him an outlaw and a traitor, we have no doubt that the same prudence, energy and determination will characterize Buchanan's future Mormon policy. Under that policy we confidently expect to see the utter annihilation of that terrible fanaticism which has so long been a curse to our nation.

the beginning of Nevada —to be taken out of Utah




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