33. [DIRECTORY: UTAH ]. SLOAN, Robert W. (editor). Utah Gazetteer and Directory of Logan , Ogden , Provo and Salt Lake Cities for 1884. Edited and Compiled by Robert W. Sloan. Containing a History of Utah , Her Resources, Attractions, Statistics, etc., with Business Directory of the Territory and General Directories of the Four Principal Cities. Salt Lake City : Printed for Sloan & Dunbar, by the Herald Printing & Publishing Company, 1884. 634 pp., frontispiece folded lithograph map in full color: Utah [lower left below neat line] Copyright, 1884, by Rand, McNally & Co., Map Printers, Chicago [lower center] Remington, Johnson & Co., Successor to Walker Bros, Wholesale Grocers, neat line to neat line: 49 x 33.2 cm; folded table; 2 full-page engraved text illustrations (architecture). 8vo, original black embossed cloth, title stamped in blind on spine. Binding lightly rubbed, corners slightly bumped, front hinge starting (but strong), overall a fine copy, map and text very fine.
First edition. Adams, Herd 2082. Flake 7761. Sloan remarks in his Preface that he undertook this work to offset “the disposition manifested by many to belittle the capacity of Utah , and the indifference shown by many within her borders, and especially among her own offspring....” He remarks, however, that social history is avoided and that he has generally confined himself to historical events. In addition to information about the general economic life of Utah , there is mention of stock raising and stock and wool production statistics by county. Much attention is devoted to mineral resources, agriculture, and the development of railroads within the area. Mormon settlers and establishments are also given extensive treatment. The map shows many areas sectioned off around Salt Lake City.
As Sloan hints above, one motivation that he and his backers may have had was their frustration at the slow pace at which Utah was being settled, which was retarding the territory from being made into a state. Erected as a territory in 1850 after the end of the Mexican-American War, intervening troubles such as conflicts over Mormon practices and Indian wars had chilled development of the area, which was not admitted as a state until 1896. ($750-$1,500)
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