LINFORTH, James, editor
Route From Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley Illustrated with steel engravings and wood cuts from sketches made by Frederick Piercy...Together with a geographical and historical description of Utah...Also, an authentic history of the Latter-Day Saints' emigration from Europe
Liverpool: 1855. Quarto. viii, 120pp. plus folding map, thirty plates, and woodcuts in text after Frederick H. Piercy.
Contemporary three-quarter red calf and cloth, gilt. Minor edge wear and light soiling to boards, spine expertly repaired. Bookplates of Jay Snider and Michael Sharpe on front pastedown. Light foxing, folding map discreetly reinforced with tissue along gutter, small stain on a few plates, one plate with imprint shaved.
A landmark depiction of the West, with superb plates.
One of the most important publications devoted to the Mormon emigration, and a landmark in the artistic depiction of western scenes. The plates are after illustrations by Frederick Piercy. The outstanding views show New Orleans, Natchez, Vicksburg, Nauvoo, Council Bluffs, Laramie, Fort Bridger, and Scott's Bluff. A handsome copy of a book often found with stained plates. "This elaborately prepared and illustrated book was published as a monument to the Mormon emigration to Utah, and as a means of attracting further emigrants. Piercy made a special trip to America [in 1853] to make sketches for the plates, which are some of the best western views of the period" (Streeter). "...One of the most elaborately and beautifully illustrated of western books" (Howes). "...One of the basic sources of illustrated Western Americana of the period" (Taft). "One of the most illuminating maps of the West to appear during 1855...it shows Utah in all its glory. This is not only an important map in the history of Mormons, but is in every sense an important map in the history of the West, giving as it does a carefully drawn picture of that entire area" (Wheat).
Howes L359, "b;" Wagner-Camp 259; Graff 2501; Flake 6381; Sabin 41325; Streeter Sale 2296; Taft, Artists & Illustrators of the Old West, p.285; Wheat Transmississippi IV, pp.40-41; Crawley & Flake, A Mormon Fifty 46.