LINFORTH, James (editor); and Frederick PIERCY
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, and a Map of the Overland Routes to that Territory from the Missouri River. Also, an Authentic History of the Latter-Day Saints' Emigration from Europe
Liverpool: Franklin D. Richards; London: Latter-Day Saints Book Depot, 1855. Quarto. (12 x 9 1/2 inches). viii,120pp. Folding map, thirty engraved plates, and woodcuts in text illustrations after Frederick H. Piercy.
Contemporary half calf and tan cloth covered boards, rebacked. Housed in a red morocco backed box.
Provenance: William Bernard and Maria Young Dougall (signature and inscription dated 1927 to); John A. and Leah Dunford Widstoe; University of Utah (small inked stamp on Contents leaf, deaccessioned in 1986)
A landmark depiction of the West with superb plates, and one of the most important publications devoted to the Mormon emigration: with provenance to Brigham Young's daughter.
"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). The outstanding views show New Orleans, Natchez, Vicksburg, Nauvoo, Council Bluffs, Laramie, Fort Bridger, and Scott's Bluff. "...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).
This copy inscribed by Brigham Young's daughter Maria Young Dougall (1849-1935) to her niece Leah Dunford Widstoe and her husband, John A. Widstoe (1872-1952), a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. It is additionally signed by prominent LDS Elder (and Maria Dougall's husband) William Bernard Dougall (1843-1909).
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.