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228. WHITNEY, Orson F[erguson]. History of Utah, Comprising Preliminary Chapters on the Previous History of Her Founders, Accounts of Early Spanish and American Explorations in the Rocky Mountain Region, the Advent of the Mormon Pioneers, the Establishment and Dissolution of the Provisional Government of the State of Deseret, and the Subsequent Creation and Development of the Territory.... Salt Lake City: G. Q. Cannon and Sons Co., 1892-1904.  Vol. I:  736 pp., 70 plates. Vol. II: 860 pp., 41 plates.  Vol. III:  755 [1 blank] pp., 129 plates.  Vol. IV:  [2], 707 [1 blank], [4] pp., 129 plates.  Plates are steel-engraved and photographic portraits, scenes, and views.  4 vols., 4to, original full roan decorated in gilt, spines gilt-lettered, bevelled edges, a.e.g., floral endpapers.  Corners and edges rubbed and bumped, Vol. 2 upper joint splitting, generally a very good set, interior and plates very fine.  Difficult to find complete in 4 volumes.

     First edition. Bradford 5813. Flake 9769. Scallawagiana 100 79.  This comprehensive history of the state is written from a point of view sympathetic to the Mormons.  Included are two sections on “Farmers and Stockraisers” and “Women of Note,” the latter an extremely unusual feature of these early histories.  Vol. 3, Chapter 2, concerns prosecutions for polygamy and several trials that took place on that subject; discussions of polygamy and those tried for it also consume a great deal of this volume; and pages 643-649 contain a table of convictions for polygamy in Utah and Idaho.  The plethora of plates consists generally of portraits, along with a few spectacular gravures of scenes in Utah, primarily relating to railroads. 

     Born to pioneer Mormons in Salt Lake City in 1855, Whitney was member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints from 1906 to his death in 1931.  He was the first Utah native to write a full-length study of the state.  A general history of the coming of the Mormons to the Valley is followed by a yearly chronicle of events.  Included are over 300 biographies.  Whitney wrote the first Utah school text, poetry, and literature. ($750-1,500)

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