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Spring 2012 Catalogue

Greetings and welcome to Bear Hollow Books. I hope you find something of interest in this catalogue. Please look through and call or email me when you find a book you just have to add to your collection. Postage and insurance are extra. ($4.00 for the first book, each additional book in the same order will be an additional $1.00 - shipped book rate.) Sets and heavier books will be quoted separately. Utah residents pay 6.85% sales tax. Items are subject to prior sale.

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Bean, Willard. A.B.C. History of Palmyra and the Beginning of “Mormonism”. Palmyra, N.Y.: Palmyra Courier Co., Inc. 1938. 94p. Willard Bean and his wife Rebecca were called by Joseph F. Smith to serve a mission in Palmyra, New York and live in, maintain and over-see the newly acquired Joseph Smith Sr. home. It wasn’t until the spring of 1939 that the Beans were released from this mission. Wraps. Very good. SOLD


DeVoto, Bernard. Across the Wide Missouri. The Franklin Library, 1984. Illustrated by Charles Bodmer. Full brown gilt decorated leather, marbled end papers, a.e.g. 452 p. index, bibliography & notes. B & W paintings by Alfred Jacob Miller & Charles Bodmer. In 1948 DeVoto won the Pulitzer Prize for Across the Wide Missouri. The book is part of the Franklin Library of Pulitzer Prize Classics. It is volume two of DeVoto’s impressive Western Expansion Trilogy. Fine. SOLD


Madsen, Carol Cornwall. An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells. Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 2006. 498p. See Item # 108. Fine in dust jacket. $30.00


Lyman, Edward Leo. Amasa Mason Lyman, Mormon Apostle and Apostate: A Study in Dedication. University of Utah Press, 2009. 672 p. Limited leather edition of 26 lettered copies. Bound in full green leather with raised bands, marbled endpapers and Amasa Lyman’s signature embossed on front cover. Published by Bear Hollow Books under license from The University of Utah Press. Each copy is signed and lettered on the colophon. See also Item #51. Fine. $450.00


Swinton, Heidi S. America’s Choir. A Commemorative Portrait of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain and Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 2004. 127p. Full dark blue leather. $75.00


Pratt, Parley P., Edited by his Son. Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt. One of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Embracing His Life, Ministry and Travels, With Extracts, in Prose and Verse, From His Miscellaneous Writings. Chicago: Published for Pratt Bros. by Law, King, & Law, 1888. Salesman's dummy. Traveling salesmen used books like this to show customers and record subscriptions. Attached on the inside of front and back covers are samples of cloth and leather bindings, toward the back of the book are pages with ruled paper to record subscriptions. Full leather. Very good. SOLD. See also Item 128.

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Pratt, Parley P. (Edited by his son) Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt. One of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Embracing His Life, Ministry and Travels, With Extracts, in Prose and Verse, From His Miscellaneous Writings. Salt Lake City; Deseret Book Company. 1987. 447p. Deseret Book Christmas Book. Limited leather edition. 285 copies bound in brown leather with Parley P. Pratt’s signature embossed in gilt on front cover. A.e.g. Near fine. SOLD


         Bigler, David, editor. The Gold Discovery Journal of Azariah Smith. Salt Lake City: University of Utah

          Press, 1990. 159p. Fine in fine dust jacket. $SOLD



Irwin, Keith and Hugh McKell. (Presented and introduced by) Bibliothica Scallawagiana. A facsimile reprint reprint of the first bibliography of a book collection concerning Mormons and Mormonism. Spokane, Washington: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1997. 50p. A facsimile reprint of Charles L. Woodward’s Bibliothica – Scallawagiana. Catalogue of a Matchless Collection of Books, Pamphlets, Autographs, Pictures, &c. Relating to Mormonism and the Mormons. The 10 Years’ Gatherings of Charles L. Woodward, Who, enjoying superior facilities for their acquisition, has never let slip an opportunity – whether at public, or private sale – of adding to their number. To Be Sold At Vendue, Monday, January 19,1880. The copy used for this reprint included prices realized in the margins. As expected, Item 17, A Book of Commandments, was the most expensive, selling for $32.00. This facsimile was produced for the first anniversary of the old internet chat list: lds-bookshelf. Three hundred paperback copies were produced. A limited edition of 26 signed and lettered hardback copies in faux green leather were also produced. (this copy) . Fine. $200.00


Smith, Lucy Mack. Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet and His Progenitors for Many Generations. Orem: Grandin Book Company, 1995. First hardbound edition by Grandin Book Company. 297p. A quality facsimile reprint of the first edition. Fine in dust jacket. $SOLD

In 1845, Lucy Mack Smith, mother of the prophet, dictated her memoirs to Martha Jane Coray, who in collaboration with her husband Howard Coray produced two finished manuscript drafts of Lucy’s memoirs. The first manuscript was given to Brigham Young and was brought to Utah. The second was left with Lucy Smith. Seven years later, in the course of his trip to Washington, Orson Pratt purchased the second manuscript from Almon W. Babbitt. Without further authorization, Orson Pratt proceeded to publish the manuscript in Liverpool. Brigham Young, however objected to the published book on the grounds that it contained too many significant error; and a large part of the first edition was ultimately destroyed. It seems clear that equally irritating to Brigham Young was Lucy Smith’s favorable treatment of William Smith, who had become an outspoken opponent of the Utah church. Despite a small number of minor errors, Lucy Smith’s history – the first Mormon biography – remains an invaluable source for the the life of Joseph Smith. From A Mormon Fifty #47.


Smith, Lucy Mack. Biographical sketches of Joseph Smith and his Progenitors for many Generations. Lamoni, Iowa: Published by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint, 1912. 371p. Even though Brigham Young was hesitant to use Lucy’s book, The Reorganized Church used it early on. Very good. $SOLD


Penrose, Elder Charles W. Blood Atonement As Taught by Leading Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An Address Delivered in the Twelfth Ward Assembly Hall, Salt Lake City, Oct. 12, 1884 By Elder Charles W. Penrose. Reported by John Irvine. Salt Lake City: The Deseret News, 1916. 48p. Gray printed wraps. Very good. SOLD


Bagley, Will. Blood of the Prophet, Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002. Being slightly more abrasive than the soft spoken yet still opinionated Juanita Brooks, Bagley’s outspoken narrative book remains controversial, allowing the chips to fall where they may and thereby caused the Church to write their own version. Fine. Signed. SOLD


A Book of Commandments, for the Government of the Church of Christ, Organized According to Law, on the 6th of April, 1830. Salt Lake City, UT: Scrub Oak Bindery, 2009. 1/29. 160pp. Vegisemo-Quarto (24mo) [12 cm] Full leather. Fine. Housed in a custom clamshell that also includes a separately bound foreword by Peter Crawley. This edition is limited to 29 lettered copies. This edition is hand-sewn and bound using techniques consistent with historical styles. The deluxe edition also includes two letterpress printed title page variants for framing or display, as well as space for a leaf. $SOLD

A fine letterpress replica of the 1833 Book of Commandments, the most sought after LDS text, of which only twenty-nine copies are known to exist. The plates used for the replicas were scanned from the Wilford Woodruff copy. The paper for the book was made by hand at Tryst Press using linen and cotton fibers with an oak leaf watermark. The books are printed using photopolymer plates on a Vandercook proofing press.

"With the prospects of a Mormon press came the possibility of printing Joseph Smith's revelation and making them more widely available to the members of the Church. At a conference in Hiram, Ohio, in November 1831, it was resolved to print the revelations in book form under the title Book of Commandments in an edition of 10,000. Five months later, when Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and others journeyed to Independence with paper for the new Mormon press, the size of the edition was reduced to 3000. Five signatures comprising 160 pages had been printed when the printing shop was destroyed on July 20, 1833 by an angry anti-Mormon mob. Sheets of the unfinished book

were salvaged from the wreckage of the shop; some were collected as they blew about the streets of Independence.

From these sheets a few copies of the Book of Commandments were assembled. Twenty-nine copies have surfaced in 176 years, most in homemade bindings - a reflection of the salvaged nature of the book. The title page occurs in two states, with and without an ornamental border.

Just what the completed Book of Commandments would have contained is a matter of conjecture. Considering those revelations published earlier in the Star and those published subsequently in the Doctrine and Covenants, it would appear that the completed book would have contained at least one and possibly two additional signatures." From A Mormon Fifty # 3.


MORMON BINAALTSOOS LA’ HANNE’ BIYIDOO’ DAHANE’IGII. Salt Lake City. 1980. Selections from the Book of Mormon Translated into Navajo. White wraps. Near fine. Scarce. $SOLD


The Book of Mormon Translated by Joseph Smith, Jr. Reprinted from the Third American Edition, Carefully Revised by the Translator. New York: James O. Wright & Company, [1859]. 380 pp. Bound in three-quarter leather with marbled paper boards. Rubbing and wear to boards with wear and bumping to edges and corners. Cracking to hinges. Previous stamps and writing on title page. Housed in matching three-quarter leather clamshell box. Bibliographical Reference: Flake-Draper 605. The Mormon Experience 1830-1930. #133. $1,800.00

Flake 605: "An unauthorized edition which was published by Zadoc Brooks from the Wright edition with his introduction". From the Wright edition of the same year, which was the first unauthorized edition, published as a business venture.


Das Buch Mormon. Ein Bericht Geschrieben von der han Mormon’s auf Tafeln. Nephi’s Tafeln entnommen. Herausgegeben von Hugh J. Cannon, 1902 [6] 35, 623p. 17cm. Sabin 83128. Flake 723. Full black soft leather binding. A.e.g. Very good. $SOLD


Kelly, E.L. and Clark Braden. Public Discussion of the Issues Between The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and The Church of Christ [Disciples] Held in Kirtland, Ohio. Lamoni, Iowa: The Herald Publishing House, 1912. 400p. $75.00


Lester, Margaret D. Brigham Street. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1979. First edition. A fine copy in dj – still shrink-wrapped. SOLD


Lester, Margaret D. Brigham Street. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1979. First edition. Inscription on ffep otherwise a fine copy in dj. $SOLD


Hickman, William. Brigham’s Destroying Angel: Being The Life, Confession, and Startling Disclosures of the Notorious Bill Hickman, The Danite Chief of Utah. Written by Himself. Salt Lake, Utah: Shepard Publishing Company, Publishers. 1904. Frontispiece. 221 p. + advertisements. Colorful printed wraps. Near fine. SOLD


Hickman, William. Brigham’s Destroying Angel: Being The Life, Confession, and Startling Disclosures of the Notorious Bill Hickman, The Danite Chief of Utah. Written by Himself. Salt Lake, Utah: Shepard Publishing Company, Publishers. 1904. Frontispiece. 221 p. + advertisements. Hardback. Near fine. $SOLD


Busch, Moritz. Geschichte der Mormonen, nebst einer Darstellung ihres glaubens und ihrer gegenwartigen socialen und politischen Verhaltnisse, von dr. Mortiz Busch. Leipzig, Verlag von Ambrosius Abel [1869]. Viii, 444 [4]p. 21cm Title in English: History of Mormonism. Sabin 1859 9519a. Previous owner’s name: T. Albert Hooper, Jr./Danzig – Ger./ Jan. 26,1903. Several pages of marginalia in pencil. T. Albert Hooper, was a member of the Deseret Sunday School Union General Board; he was manager of Deseret Book Store for 32 years; died November 29, 1941. Very Good. $150.00


Heckrotte, Warren and Editor. Julie Sweetkind, Assistant Editor. California 49. Forty-nine Maps of California from the Sixteenth Century to the Present. San Francisco: California Map Society Occasional Paper No 6. with The Book Club of California, 108p. Fine $SOLD


Oaks, Dallin H. and Marvin S. Hill. Carthage Conspiracy, The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1975. 248p. First printing – very nice. SOLD


Godfrey, Kenneth W. Causes of Mormon Non-Mormon Conflict in Hancock County, Illinois, 1839- 1846. Provo: Brigham Young University, 1967. 245p. A Dissertation presented to the department of graduate studies in Religious Instruction. UMI reprint. Wraps with crease to front cover. Near very good. $SOLD


Holland, Jeffery. Christ and the New Covenant. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1998.

A Fine Copy. $SOLD


Garr, Arnold K. Christopher Columbus A Latter-Day Perspective. Provo: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. 103p. Fine. SOLD




Smith, Joseph Fielding. (compiled by) Life of Joseph F. Smith., Sixth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: The Deseret Book Company, 1938. 490p. First edition. A fine copy with sunning to the spine of the dust jacket.SOLD


Cannon, George Q. Life of Joseph Smith, the Prophet. Salt Lake City; The Deseret Book Company. 1986. Deseret Book Christmas book. Gray leather limited to 225 numbered copies. Fine. SOLD


Utley, Robert M. Lone Star Justice. The First Century of the Texas Rangers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. 370p. “A splendid indeed brilliant new work by an outstanding historian of the American West. Using official records and sources never before consulted, Robert Utley has given us an original, balanced, and beautifully written narrative that traces the evolution of those legendary citizen- soldiers into lawmen – some outstanding, some flawed.” Howard Lamar. Fine. $SOLD


Brown, Dan.The Lost Symbol. New York: Doubleday, 2009. First edition. 509p. Fine. SOLD


Watson, Eldon Jay. Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844. Salt Lake City: Printed by Smith Secretarial Service, 1968. Limited to 500 copies. 274p. A fine copy. SOLD


Taylor, Harold W. (Compiled by) Memories of Militants & Mormon Colonists in Mexico. Yorba Linda, CA: Shumway Family History Services, 1992. 468p. Fine SOLD


McConkie, Bruce R. Messiah Series. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1981, later printings. Six-volume set, each volume signed by McConkie. Near fine with some rubbing to djs. SOLD


         Sessions, Gene A., Editor. Mormon Democrat, The Religious and Political memoirs of James Henry   

        Moyle. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1998. 379. An inscription, signed by the editor otherwise fine. $SOLD


McConkie, Bruce R. Mormon Doctrine. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1958. Second Printing.  776p.  Inscription on ffep else very good in facsimile dust jacket. $SOLD

Though McConkie states in the preface that “For the work itself, I assume sole and full responsibility”, he emphasizes his Church leadership position quite boldly on the title page: “Mormon Doctrine. By Bruce R. McConkie of the First Council of the Seventy Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” thereby giving credence and weight to his pronouncements. Not long after the book was published, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles began to receive complaints as well as complaining themselves about the contents and tone of the book. Elder Mark E. Petersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles even marked 1,067 corrections in his first edition copy of the book. After much consideration, President McKay summoned Elder McConkie and told him that the book should not be republished.


McConkie, Bruce R. Mormon Doctrine. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, Second edition. 1966. First printing of this second edition. 856p.  Inscription on ffep else very good. SOLD

After a hiatus of 8 years, McConkie again published this very popular yet still controversial book. His son, Joseph Fielding McConkie states that Bruce R. McConkies told him that David O. Mckay had given him approval to reprint the book and Spencer W. Kimball had been assigned to help McConkie make the necessary changes to remove the errors; however Gregory Prince, co-author of David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism writes: . . .

“McConkie audaciously approached McKay six years later and pushed for publication of the book in a revised form… McKay, age ninety-two and in failing health, did not take the matter up with his counselors or the Quorum of the Twelve. Rather, he said that "should the book be re-published at this time," McConkie would be responsible for it and "that it will not be a Church publication." Three days after meeting with McKay, McConkie wrote in a memo to Clare Middlemiss, McKay's secretary, "President McKay indicated that the book should be republished at this time.” And so the controvery raged. Dennis Davis compiled a page-by-page side-by-side comparison of the first edition (1958) and the second edition (1966) showing that changes were made in nearly every entry in the 856-page book.


McConkie, Bruce R. Mormon Doctrine. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 2008. This copy: Number 100. Fine. $SOLD

Citing poor sales, Deseret Book opted in 2010 to cease the printing of Mormon Doctrine. Despite their claim that the decision was based on declining sales, many observers opined that even though McConkie had made hundreds if not thousands of changes in the doctrinal and theological issues presented in the second edition, the move was due to the book's still uncompromising presentation of controversial Mormon ideas from which the Church was attempting to distance itself to seem more like mainstream Christianity. Even though the book had been reduced to paperback-printing only in the last years of production, the book had continued to sell well. And there still is not a definitive book to take its place though there have been several attempts.

This 60th printing of the second edition speaks volumes as to the book’s long-standing popularity. The limited leather edition went practically unknown and quickly out-of-print in the leather-bound-collectors arena. Produced in a very limited edition of only 109 copies it will surely become as sought-after as the leather-bound Bookcraft edition of 1967.


Davies, Douglas. (editor), Mormon Identities in Transition. New York and London: Cassell, 1996. 246p. First printing. Fine. $SOLD


Newell, Linda King and Valeen Tippets Avery. Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith. Prophet’s Wife, “Elect Lady,’ Polygamy’s Foe, 1804-1879. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1981. 394p. Licensed by Doubleday and produced by Restoration Press: Salt Lake City, 2009. Limited to 26 lettered copies. Signed by the authors. The definitive biography on the Prophet's wife. The Church's reaction to Mormon Enigma and its authors was very similar to Juanita Brooks' experience after publishing her book Mountain Meadows Massacre. Bound in full black leather. The image embossed on the front cover is a reproduction of artist Sutcliffe Maudsley’s 1844 painting of Emma Smith, painted during her lifetime. Below the image is an embossed reproduction of Emma’s signature. See Item #139 for companion matching letter ‘V’ volume. Fine. $600.00


Mason, Patrick Q. Mormon Menace. Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 252p. Patrick Mason tells an adventurous and violent story in this account of Mormon lynchings in the nineteenth-century South. His careful dissection of these bloody events leads us deep into the southern mentality and the contentious images of Mormonism in America. He finds the southern experience even reshaped Mormonism’s view of itself. Fine. $$30.00


Bigler, David and Will Bagley. The Mormon Rebellion, America’s First Civil War. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2010. Fine. $400.00

Limited leather edition produced by Bear Hollow Books. 26 lettered copies and 4 copies hors commerce lettered and signed by the authors on the colophon. Included is a matching lettered and signed Keepsake titled: “What Want of Common Humanity, Edmund Randolph on the Utah War.”


Sessions, Gene A. Mormon Thunder. A Documentary History of Jedediah Morgan Grant. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982 first printing. 413p. Though Grant’s life was cut short by pneumonia; he is best remembered as the father of the Mormon Reformation and all that went with it. His sermons and actions indicate his desire to return to a more simplified life of obedience and service. Fine in dust jacket. SOLD


Widmer, Kirt. Mormonism and the Nature of God, A Theological Evolution, 1830-1915. Jefferson, North Carolina and London, 2000. First edition. 209p. A remarkably thorough work chronicling the evolution of the Mormon theological concept of God – from early modalism, trithesim, King Follett, Adam God and finally resulting in the publication of the “Doctrinal Exposition on the Father and the Son”. Fine copy, no dust jacket as issued. See also Item # 49. $SOLD


Roberts, Brigham H. Mormonism The Relationship of the Church To Christian Sects – Origin and History of Mormonism – Doctrines of the Church – Church Organization – Present Status. Liverpool: Printed at the Millennial Star Office. Printed by the Church. [1905] 58p. Printed gray wraps.SOLD


Lee, John D. Mormonism Unveiled: or the Life and Confessions of the Late Mormon Bishop John D. Lee. Edited by William W. Bishop. St Louis: Bryan, Brand and Co., 1877. First edition, second state with appendix: “Life of Brigham Young.” 406p. In more recent times scholars have concluded that Lee’s history is much more accurate than many wanted to believe. Near very good. From the library of Levi Edgar Young with his bookplate. Scarce. Very good. SOLD


Lee, John D. Mormonism Unveiled: or the Life and Confessions of the Late Mormon Bishop John D. Lee. Edited by William W. Bishop. St Louis: Bryan, Brand and Co., 1877. First edition, second state with appendix: “Life of Brigham Young.” 406p. 390p. Contemporary signature and date written on ffep. Full leather with black spine label. Very good. SOLD


Pichot, Amedee. Les mormons, par m. Amedee Pichot. Paris, L. Hachette et c, 1854. 2p.1., iii, 292p. French - The Mormons. Sabin 62612. Flake 6373. Joseph M. Gleason’s copy with his bookplate. Half leather over marbled paper boards, marbled pastedowns and endpapers. A near fine copy. $SOLD


Farley, Steven E. The Mormon Mountain Meadows Massacre From the Diary of Captain John Ginn. Bloomington, IN.: np. 2003. 162p. Nearly everyone who has read western history knows something about the Mountain Meadows massacre, which took place in southern Utah in September 7th-11th, 1857. Most of the facts connected with that episode have long since been made public. However, a diary in 1920 was discovered which sheds some new light on the affair, and is particularly interesting to readers of this novel. Is shows that except for the treachery of a Mormon guide, that a company of Texans would have rescued the unfortunate party of emigrants. Fine. $SOLD


Gibbs, Josiah F. The Mountain Meadows Massacre. Salt Lake City: Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Company, Nineteen Hundred Ten. 59p. Gray printed wraps. Very good. $SOLD


Brooks, Juanita. The Mountain Meadows Massacre. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, New edition, fifth printing,1974. With admirable scholarship, Mrs. Brooks has traced the background of conflict, analyzed the emotional climate at the time, pointed up the social and military organization in Utah, and revealed the forces which culminated in the great tragedy at Mountain Meadows. The result is a near-classic treatment which neither smears nor clears the participants as individuals. It portrays an atmosphere of war hysteria, whipped up by recitals of past persecutions and the vision of an approaching “army” coming to drive the Mormons from their homes. In this new edition, in the addendum page 223, Brooks announces as she did in 1962 second printing of the Lee Biography, that the church has restored Lee’s blessings. Very Good. $SOLD


Wells, Emmeline B. Musings and Memories. Poems. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Co., Publishers, 1896. 304p. Emmeline B.Wells was an influential women’s suffragette in early Utah. Full brown calf, a.e.g., stains to spine, wear to extremities. See Item # 3 Near very good. SOLD


Ricks, Nathaniel R., editor. My Candid Opinion: The Sandwich Island Diaries of Joseph F. Smith 1856-1857. Salt Lake City: Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2011. At age fifteen, Joseph F. Smith spent the next several years as a missionary in Hawaii. 168p. Limited to 250 copies. Fine. $100.00


Johnson, Benjamin Franklin. (Edited by Lyndon W. Cook and Kevin V. Harker) My Life’s Review. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Johnson. Provo: Grandin Book Company, 1997, 404p. “Limited edition.” Bound in full brown calf, t.e.g., deckle fore-edge, bottom edge uncut. A Fine copy. $SOLD


Cook, Lyndon, Nauvoo Marriages Proxy Sealings 1843-1846. Provo: Grandin Book Company, 2004. 228p. Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies. Fine. $SOLD


Dinger, John S. The Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2010.

New. $40.00


Dickinson, Mrs. Ellen E., with introduction by Thurlow Weed. New Light On Mormonism. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1885. Near very good, missing ffep. $75.00


Brodie, Fawn M. No Man Knows My History, The Life of Joseph Smith. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. 499p. Second Revised edition. Very good. $SOLD


Lyman, Edward Leo, Susan Ward Payne and S. George Ellsworth (editors) No Place to Call Home, The 1807-1858 Life Writings of Caroline Barnes Crosby, Chronicler of Outlying Mormon Communities. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2005. 574p. $SOLD


Maxwell, Neal A. Of One Heart – Look Back at Sodom. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1975 first printing. 70 & 36p. Two of Maxwell’s most popular books under one cover. Fine $SOLD


Brooks, Juanita, (editor) On The Mormon Frontier, The Diary of Hosea Stout, 1844-1861. Two volumes. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press – Utah State Historical Society. 1964, first edition. 769p. Very good. P.o.n. Scar on spines of dj (removed stickers?). SOLD

A rough, loyal Mormon frontiersman who recorded some pretty frank goings on.

“Friday January 9th 1846: When we came to the temple somewhat a considerable number of the guard were assembled and among them was William Hibbard, son of the old man Hibbard. He was evidently come as a spy. When I saw him I told [John] Scott that we must "bounce a stone off of his head" to which he agreed. We prepared accordingly and I got an opportunity and hit him on the back of his head which came very near taking his life. But few knew anything about what was the matter. He left the ground out of his senses. When he came to himself he could not tell what had happened to him, . . .”


Welch, John W. and Erick B Carlson. Opening the Heavens. Accounts of Divine Manifestations, 1820-1844. Provo: Brigham Young University Press. 500p. 2005. Still a sleeper. This book is a valuable resource for the study of the multiplicity of heavenly visitations and manifestations in the early Church. Welch list nine different accounts of the first vision with charts and explanations and list over ninety accounts in memoirs and reminiscences of the mantle passing to Brigham Young after the martyrdom. Fine. SOLD


Shindler, Harold. Orrin Porter Rockwell. Man of God, Son of Thunder. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1966. 339p. First printing in an exceptionally nice dust jacket that shows no fading. (The color in this dj fades quite easily and the spines of most books have faded to an ugly gray.) It has been reported that the University of Utah has sold more copies of this title than any other. A very nice copy. SOLD


Millet, Robert L and Joseph Fielding McConkie. Our Destiny. The Call and Election of the House of Israel. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1993 first printing. 157p. SOLD


Petree, Sandra Ailey, (editor) Recollections of Past Days, The Autobiography of Patience Loader Rozsa Archer. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2006. 267p. SOLD

The daughter of an English gardener, Patience Loader became a boarding house servant, domestic maid, and seamstress. Her memoir includes a rich account of her life in and near London. Converted to Mormonism, she shipped with her parents to America. They joined the ill-fated company led by Edward Martin, which because of poor planning and a late start west, was caught inadequately prepared by severe high plains snowstorms in October and November 1856. The combined fatalities of the Martin and Willie companies made this the worst disaster in the history of overland travel. Patience’s father, James Loader, was one of those who died.


Wagner, David E. Patrick Connor’s War. The 1865 Powder River Indian Expedition. Norman: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2010. Number 13 of 55 copies in this special limited leather edition. New in shrink-wrap. Fine. $SOLD


The Pearl of Great Price: Being a Choice Selection from the Revelations, Translations, and Narrations of Joseph Smith, First Prophet, Seer, and Revelator to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Liverpool: Compiled and Published by F. D. Richards, 1851. 56 pp. 3 Facsimiles (one folding). Crawley 599. Flake-Draper 6166, Mormon Fifty 36, British Imprints 33. The Mormon Experience 1830-1930 #93. Facsimile salmon wrappers. Housed in custom made three-quarter leather clamshell box. SOLD

The Pearl of Great Price was a pamphlet, not a book, with a salmon colored paper cover. It sold for one shilling. The first American edition for 1878 ( Item 124) also had a paper cover and sold for fifty cents. The first American edition, a revision prepared by Orson Pratt, did not appear until 1878, the year following Brigham Young's death. “It has been suggested that the text wasn't republished until after the death of Brigham Young due to his disapproval of it” (Flake 6177).


The Pearl of Great Price: Being a Choice Selection from the Revelations, Translations, and Narrations of Joseph Smith, First Prophet, Seer, and Revelator to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City: Latter-day Saints’ Printing and Publishing Establishment, 1878. First American Edition. 71 pp. Facsimiles, 1 foldout. Bound in original gray wraps. Expert repair to corners and spine. Housed in custom made three-quarter leather clamshell box. Flake-Draper 6167. The Mormon Experience 1830- 1930 #154.SOLD

The 1878 edition of the Pearl of Great Price was printed and published in Salt Lake City and edited by Apostle Orson Pratt. Pratt used the RLDS church’s 1867 publication of the Joseph Smith Translation (titled Holy Scriptures, Inspired Version) to expand some material in the Book of Moses. The Book of Moses continued in its place at the beginning of the book, but now in a significantly different form


The Pearl of Great Price: Being a Choice Selection from the Revelations, Translations, and Narrations of Joseph Smith, First Prophet, Seer, and Revelator to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City: Latter-day Saints’ Printing and Publishing Establishment, 1878. First American Edition. 71 pp. Facsimiles, 1 foldout. Bound in modern black morocco. Bibliographic Reference: Flake-Draper 6167. The Mormon Experience 1830-1930 #154. $SOLD

126. Peoples of Utah
Papanikolas, Helen Z.
The Peoples of Utah. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1976. 498p. First edition. The Peoples of Utah is a commemoration of the early peoples of Utah, the pioneers of many cultural strains, and the later immigrants. These remarkably diverse peoples have long merited a book-length study. Fine in very good dust jacket. SOLD


Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude. Salt Lake City: Daughters of the Utah Pioneers,1998. A late-coming companion to Frank Esshom’s Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, listing photos and short biographies of early Utah pioneer women. Four-volume set.   Fine  SOLD      



        






Beadle, J. H. Polygamy or, the Mysteries and Crimes of Mormonism, being a full and Authentic History of this Strange Sect from its Origin to the Present Time with a Thrilling Account of the Inner Life and Teachings of the Mormons and an Expose of the Secret Rites and Ceremonies of the Deluded Followers of Brigham Young. Philadelphia, PA: World Bible House, 1904. A Salesman’s Dummy designed to show prospective buyers the book and a page in the back to record those who wish to purchase. “This Prospectus shows SAMPLE PAGES of the Test and some of the Illustrations with which the work is embellished.” Somewhat soiled and dull else very good. $SOLD See also Item # 6.


A. Proclamation by the governor. CITIZENS OF UTAH.

B. A Proclamation by James Buchanan President of the United States of AMerica.

C. A Circular of the High Council, To the Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and to All whom it may concern; Greeting.

BRIGHAM YOUNG:

“Proclamation by the Governor. Citizens of Utah” – Given under my hand and seal at Great Salt Lake City, Territory of Utah, this fifteenth day of September, A.D. eighteen Hundred and fifty seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty second. Brigham Young. Broadside. Flake 9354a.

On September 15, Brigham Young publicly declared martial law in Utah.

“We are invaded by a hostile force who are evidently assailing us to accomplish our overthrow and destruction. . . .

Martial law is hereby declared to exist in this Territory, from and after the publication of this Proclamation; and no person shall be shall be allowed to pass or repass into, or through, or from this Territory, without a permit from the proper officer.“

Buchanan:

“PROCLAMATION ON THE REBELLION IN UTAH"

BUCHANAN, James. By James Buchanan, President of the United States of America: A Proclamation. Washington, 6 April 1858. By the President: Lewis Cass, Secretary of State. 3 p.

“Fellow-citizens of Utah, this is rebellion against the Government to which you owe allegiance; it is levying war against the United States, and involves you in the guilt of treason.  . . .

But being anxious to save the effusion of blood and to avoid the indiscriminate punishment of a whole people for crimes of which it is not probable that all are equally guilty, I offer now a free and full pardon to all who will submit themselves to the just authority of the Federal Government. If you refuse to accept it, let the consequences fall upon your heads . . . .”

Fales/Flake154. The Mormon Experience #148

“Nauvoo High Council Circular”

A Circular of the High Council, To the Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and to All whom it may concern; Greeting. Done in Council at the City of Nauvoo, on the 20th day of January, 1846. Samuel Bent, James Allred, George W. Harris, William Huntington, Henry G. Sherwood, Alpheus Cutler, Newel Knight, Lewis D. Wilson, Ezra T. Benson, David Fullmer, Thomas Grover, Aaron Johnson. Nauvoo, Illinois. Broadside. Crawley 296, Flake 1338. The Mormon Experience 1830-1930 #74.

This circular publicly announces, for the first time, the Latter-day Saints’ intention to relocate in the west – in the area of the Rocky Mountains.

"We...embrace this opportunity to inform you, that we intend to send out into the Western country from this place, some time in the early part of the month of March, a company of pioneers...Our pioneers are instructed to proceed West until they find a good place to make a crop, in some good valley in the neighborhood of the Rocky Mountains. . ."

We agreed to leave the country for the sake of peace, upon the condition that no more vexatious prosecutions be instituted against us. In good faith have we labored to fulfil this engagement. . .  We venture to say that our brethren have made no counterfeit money: And if any miller has received fifteen hundred dollars base coin in a week, from us, let him testify.  . . Those witnesses against us have spun a long yarn . . .” Very scarce.

The Proclamations and the Circular have all been professionally mounted and framed. This is a very nice set of scarce and historically important documents. For the set: $20,000.00


McMurrin, Sterling. Religion, Reason, and Truth. Historical Essays in the Philosophy of Religion. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. 1982. 287p. McMurrin served as Commissioner of Education under John F. Kennedy. He was an unconventional Mormon theologian and the E.E. Ericksen Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah. This book contains some of his best essays. “I do not believe that we can establish by reason whether there is a God, or if there is, whether God is a person. Religion is a matter of faith and hope, or perhaps of mystic experience. It is, again to borrow the words of one of my teachers, Professor Montague, the faith that “what is highest in spirit is also deepest in nature,” the faith that things that matter most are not ultimately at the mercy of the things that matter least. It may be that there is no God, that “the existence of all that is beautiful and in any sense good is but the accidental and ineffective by-product of blindly swirling atoms.” That we are alone in a world which cares nothing for us or for the values that we create and sustain – that we and they are here for a moment only, and gone, and that eventually there will be left no trace of us in the universe. As Montague says, “A man may well believe that this dreadful thing is true. But only the fool will say in his heart that he is glad that it is true.” Fine. SOLD


Merrill, Milton R. Reed Smoot Apostle In Politics. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1990. 526p.

Reed Owen Smoot (January 10, 1862 – February 9, 1941) was a native-born Utahn who was first elected to the United States Senate from Utah in 1903, and served as a Senator until 1933. Smoot is primarily remembered as the co-sponsor of the 1930 Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act, which raised US import tariffs on over 20,000 dutiable items to record levels and is widely regarded as having exacerbated the Great Depression. Smoot was a prominent leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints (LDS Church), serving as an apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Smoot's role in the LDS Church (together with rumors of a secret LDS policy favoring multiple marriage and a secret oath) led to lengthy controversy, when he was first elected to the Senate, over his eligibility to serve, eventually settled in Smoot's favor. At the time of his death, Smoot was third in the line of succession to lead the LDS Church. (from wikipedia) Fine in a fine non-spine-faded dust jacket. SOLD


Specialized Religious Monograph Series. Complete set to date – 17 volumes, all in fine condition. SOLD


Stevenson, Elder Edward. Reminiscences of Joseph The Prophet and Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Published by the Author. 1893. 47p. Chipping and tears to cover with loss to corners, covers becoming detached at spine. Good. SOLD


Cook, Lyndon W. The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith. A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants. Provo: Seventy’s Mission Bookstore, 1981. 380p. First printing. Signed. Fine. $SOLD


Stenhouse, T. B. H. The Rocky Mountain Saints: A Full and Complete History of the Mormons, From the First Vision of Joseph Smith to the Last Courtship of Brigham Young. London: Ward, Lock, and Tyler, [1874].761 + 24p with 24 full-page wood engravings, frontispiece portrait of Brigham Young, index and advertisements. Scarce first British edition of this comprehensive and critical history of life in Utah under the leadership of Mormon prophet Brigham Young "Stenhouse was sufficiently prestigious within the Church to be an emissary to the Lincoln administration. He became an associate in the 'Godbeite Heresy' of 1869, a rebellion of a group of able and influential Mormons directed in part at the threat to individualism posed by the monopolistic aspects of church polity and the ironclad rule of Brigham Young. (Who was not opposed to “pushing them over the edge of the rim”, those who opposed his unique style of governing. Stenhouse and his wife, Fanny, published the most sensational expose of Mormonism since John C. Bennett. He was critical of Smith and Young but did not doubt their sincerity The Rocky Mountain Saints is therefore something of an early landmark in Mormon historical writing, a forerunner of later descriptive and analytical works". Stenhouse was a first-hand chronicler of many of the events he wrote about and as such accurate enough that even B.H. Roberts quoted from his work on many occasions. Flake 8405.

Scarce first British edition of this monumental work. Mild wear to extremities, bright front cover with some soiling and dulling to spine. Scarce.SOLD


PIERCY, Frederick. Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley illustrated with steel engravings and and woodcuts from sketches made by Frederick Piercy, including views of Nauvoo and the Ruins of the Temple, with a historical account of the city; views of Carthage Jail; and portraits and memoirs of Joseph and Hyrum Smith; their mother, Lucy Smith; Joseph and David Smith, sons of the Prophet Joseph; President Brigham Young; Heber C. Kimball; Willard Richards; Jedediah M. Grand; John Taylor; the late Chief Patriarch, Father John Smith and the present Chief Patriarch, John Smith son of Hyrum. 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 from the commencement up to the close of 1855, with statistics. Edited by James Linforth. Liverpool: Published by Franklin D. Richards, 36 Islington, London: Latter-day Saints' Book Depot, 35 Jewin Street, City. MDCCCLV. [1855] viii, 120p. Illus., plates, ports, fold. Map. From Flake 6381. Bound in modern three-quarter calf. $24,500.00

Though this book was written mainly for the purpose of giving a review of the latter-day saints' emigration from Liverpool to Salt Lake City, together with statistics to date, it contains much historical and statistical information on other subjects, the engravings, portraits and scenes are superb and of great historical value, the folding map shows how Utah Territory looked in 1854, and the visual record is the earliest extant series showing the Mormon route. It is one of the most beautiful books published in the nineteenth century.

Route from Liverpool to the Great Salt Lake Valley contains Piercy's detailed narrative of the journey as well as illustrations of an unusually high quality made from his own drawings sketched on the trail. In addition to these illustrations of prominent landmarks between Council Bluff and Salt Lake City, Piercy also made sketches of sites along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Nauvoo including the Nauvoo Temple in ruin and Carthage jail. He also did five portrait sketches. After returning to England in 1854 the sketches were made into high quality steel engravings by Charles Fenn and James Linforth an assistant editor of the Millennial Star did a general editing, added footnotes, a summary of Joseph Smith's history, and a summary of the history of Mormon emigration up to 1855.”

“The book was originally issued in fifteen parts from July 1854 to September 1855 with each part in a green printed wrapper. Consequently many copies were never properly bound and other copies bound in England and shipped to Utah were damaged in transit. These factors and the high quality steel engravings, which have been reproduced many times over the years in many books chronicling the overland trek, have made the book quite rare and collectible.”  http://net.lib.byu.edu/imaging/into/laterpc/47rlsfs.html


Bushman, Richard L. Joseph Smith. Rough Stone Rolling. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. First printing, 740p. This is a limited lettered edition (twenty six signed and lettered copies) produced under license from Alfred A. Knoph, bound in black leather.The image embossed on the front cover is a reproduction of artist Sutcliffe Maudsley’s 1844 painting of Joseph Smith, one of only a few produced during the prophet’s lifetime. Below the image is an embossed reproduction of Smith’s signature. See Item 97 for companion matching letter ‘V’ volume. A fine copy.SOLD


Bushman, Richard L. Joseph Smith. Rough Stone Rolling. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005, 740p. Sixth printing, 2006. This is the limited numbered edition (seventy five signed and numbered copies) produced under license from Alfred A. Knoph by Restoration Press, bound in brown leather and sold through Deseret Books. Signed and numbered on the colophon with a reproduction of Joseph Smith”s signature is embossed on the front cover. Fine SOLD


Bushman, Richard Lyman. Joseph Smith, Rough Stone Rolling. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2005. 740p.

It seems that this book cannot please anyone. Too frank and open for the faithful to bear. Too evasive, noncommittal and reductive for the more critical. It is rather like an old tenacious farmer plowing the virgin Illinois prairie using a one bottom plow and faithful ‘Old Nel.’ Where the soil is soft with little clay and thatch the farmer keeps the point level and the going is steady. But where the sod is thick and deep or where the ground has been compacted hard from the hoofs of a million buffalo, ‘Old Nel’ slows down and strains in the harness and only with great effort and when the farmer resigns to lifting the point and not plowing as deep are they able to pull through and proceed. But even then some of the thicker, heavier clods – those bound with roots of a thousand years won’t turn and so fall back into the furrow only to have the farmer and those that come with seed stumble and fall in their path.

It is said that had Fawn Brodie (item 104) published her book: No Man Knows My History in 2005 and Richard Bushman had published his difinitive work: Joseph Smith, Rought Stone Rolling in 1945, Fawn Brodie might still be a member of the Church and Bushman the pairah. A fine copy in fine dust jacketSOLD


Christensen, Scott R. Sagwitch, Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1999.254p. Fine. $SOLD


The Salt Lake Temple. A Centennial Book of Remembrance. 1893-1993. np:1993. 290p.

Many early as well as modern photos of the interior of the Salt Lake Temple, with over 100 pages of photos of the many temple workers over the years, including Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. Fine, no dust jacket issued. SOLD


Richards, Bradley W. M.D. The Savage View. Charles Savage, Pioneer Mormon Photographer.

Hardbound with dust jacket still in shrink-wrap. Fine. $75.00


PRATT, Orson. The Seer. Orem: Grandin Book Company, 1994. 320p, Limited edition of 25 stated copies, signed and numbered by the publisher (Lyndon Cook) on copyright page. Bound in full brown calf, t.e.g., deckle fore-edge, uncut and unopened. Volume 1 in Grandin’s Prominent Works in Mormon History. A fine copy. SOLD

Most of The Seer is devoted to Orson Pratt’s treatment of certain doctrinal questions, some of which had not previously been dealt with in print. His long serial articles “Pre-existence of Man” and ”Celestial Marriage,” for example, go far beyond any earlier discussion of these subjects. Some of Orson Pratt’s speculations were ill received by Brigham Young, and in 1865 The Seer was officially condemned. -From A Mormon Fifty # 40


Smith, Joseph Fielding. Selection from Doctrines of Salvation, Sermons and Writings of Joseph Fielding Smith. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company. 2001. This is the 2001 Church Employee Christmas Gift. Fine, still shrink-wrapped and in original gift boxSOLD


Roberts, Brigham H. Seventies Course in Theology. Orem: Grandin Book Company, 1994. Limited leather edition of 25 stated copies. Volume 5 - A & B of Prominent Works in Mormon History. Full brown leather. t.e.g., deckle fore-edge, pages are uncut and unopened. Five volumes in two, each volume separately paginated. A fine set.SOLD


Ingraham, Colonel Prentiss (edited by). Seventy Years On The Frontier. Alexander Majors Memoirs of a Lifetime on the Border. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Company, Publishers, 1893. 325p. Great association copy. Inscribed and signed by the author to George Q. Cannon. SOLD

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Set of six soft leather editions of the following books:

Articles of Faith

Jesus the Christ

Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt

The Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith

The Infinite Atonement

A New Witness for the Articles of Faith

A Great gift for the prospective missionary.

All books are fine/new and housed in custom wooden slipcase. $SOLD


Richards, Franklin D. A Compendium of the Faith and Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Compiled from the Bible; and also from the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and other Publications of the Church. With an appendix. By Franklin D. Richards, one of the Twelve Apostles of said church. Liverpool: Published by Orson Pratt. London: L. D. S. Book Depot, 1857. 243 pp. Bibliographic Reference: Flake-Draper 7217, Mormon Fifty 49, British Imprints 57. The Mormon Experience 1830-1930 #129. Bound in full black leather. Near very good. SOLD

“Franklin D. Richard’s Compendium approached the ultimate step in the standardization of Mormon theology. It is a compilation of references supporting the various LDS doctrines. Arranged under forty-seven doctrinal headings, it reprints passages bearing on each of these topics from the Bible; Book of Mormon; Doctrine and Covenants; Journal of Discourses; Pearl of Great Price; and “History of Joseph Smith,” then being published serially in the Deseret News and Millennial Star.” From A Mormon Fifty # 49.


Van Wagoner, Richard, Compiler. Complete Discourses of Brigham Young. Salt Lake City, Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2009. 5 volumes. This is the most comprehensive compilation of all know sermons of Brigham Young ever produced. Fine/new, housed in a very attractive multi-wood, box- jointed slipcase. SOLD


Stegner, Wallace. Crossing to Safety. Franklin Center: The Franklin Library, PA, 1987. As New – still shrink-wrapped. 289pp. Full leather, deluxe binding, marbled endpapers, a.e.g, ribbon marker, precedes the Random House trade edition, this true first edition is signed by Stegner. This copy still shrink-wrapped with original ‘Important Subscriber Message.” Colberg A33.1. $150.00


Set of Gospel Books produced by Deseret Book Company. Salt Lake City. 1999.

Smith, Joseph Fielding. Life of Joseph F. Smith

Smith, Joseph F. Gospel Doctrine

Widstoe, John. Discourses of Brigham Young

All three books are as new in original shrink-wrap. $SOLD


Roberts, David. Devil’s Gate. Brigham Young and The Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008, first printing. 402p. Most older ladder-day saints can remember singing the primary song “For some must push and some must pull, / As we go marching up the hill. / For merrily on our way we go, / Until we reach the valley-O.” In Devil’s Gate, Roberts removes the several layers of mythology that have surrounded the handcart experiment of the mid 1850s. Fine. $SOLD

Four books were published in the Deseret Alphabet: The First Deseret Alphabet Reader, The Second Deseret Alphabet Reader, The Book of Mormon, and a Book of Mormon excerpt called "First Nephi– Omni".

| B+K *V MORM_N. New York: Published for the Deseret University by Russell Bros., 1869. 443p.

The Book of Mormon. (complete)

| B+K *V MORM_N. New York: Published for the Deseret University by Russell Bros., 1869. 116p.

The Book of Mormon. (Book of Nephi-Omni)

| D~SIR~T F_RST B+G. B{ | RIJ~NTS *V | D~SIR~T Y#UN#V_RS#T#. 1868.

The Deseret First Book. By the Regents of the Deseret University. 1868.

| D~SIR~T S~K_ND B+G. B{ | RIJ~NTS *V | D~SIR~T Y#UN#V_RS#T#. 1868.

The Deseret Second Book. By the Regents of the Deseret University. 1868.

The Deseret News of January 19, 1854 announced that “The Board of Regents, in company with the Governor and heads of departments have adopted a new alphabet, consisting of 38 characters. The regents have held frequent sittings this winter, with sanguine hope of simplifying the English language and especially its orthography. After many fruitless attempts to render the common alphabet of the day subservient to their purpose they found it expedient to invent an entirely new and original set of characters.” The 38 characters were intended to create the 38 sounds in the English language. But the “language” was little more than a code. For an individual to be proficient in Deseret, it would require a measure of proficiency in English, since it was based on the sounds found in English grammar. And it was crude, this "shorthand language." For instance, the Deseret characters for the First Reader's initial lesson, are translated: "Lesn I" and the heading, "L u urn [Learn] to [to] ur e d [read] woo el [well].” As a result this grammar seemed to produce it’s own peculiar dialect. The local colloquialisms of central and southern Utah such as “Spanish Fark”, “Harses” and “Carn” are probably residuals of this ambitious undertaking.

After considerable problems and delays Brigham Young finally authorized and ordered 10,000 copies of the First and Second Primers, 8,000 copies of The Book of Nephi and finally only 500 copies of the full Book of Mormon.

The grandiose plan of helping emigrants from many lands quickly learn English never caught on and was abandoned soon after Brigham Young's death. Book of Mormon has some bubbles on the covers and small scar on ffep. A full set of these unique books in very good condition. Scarce. $SOLD


The Deseret News: Salt Lake City, Volume XIX 1870. Elephant folio. Bound in contemporary three quarter leather. Somewhat confusing pagination, but appears to be complete. Very good. $2,500.00


McConkie, Bruce R. Doctrinal New Testament Commentary. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft,1976. Later printings. Three volume set, all volumes signed by McConkie. Near fine in dust jackets. $SOLD


Das Buch der Lehre und Bundnisse der Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der letzten Tage, welches die Offenbarungen enthalt dem Propheten Joseph Smith, jun., gegeben nebst einem Anhange von Offenbarungen der Prasidentschaft der Kirche Jesu Christi, ertheilt. Aus dem Englischen ubersetzt von Heinrich Erying . . . Dritte Aulage. Herausgegeben von Hugh J. Cannon, Berlin, 1903. 499p. Flake 2933. Full black leather binding Wear to extremities and 2 inch crack to front hinge. . A.e.g. near very good. $SOLD


McConkie, Bruce R., Compiled by. Doctrines of Salvation. Sermons and Writings of Joseph Fielding Smith. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1975. Later printings. Each of the three volumes are signed by McConkie on the free front endpaper. Near fine in dust jackets. $SOLD


Partridge, Scott H, editor. Eliza Maria Partridge Journal. Provo: Grandin Book Company, 2003. 179p. The Partridges sisters, Emily and Eliza, daughters of Nauvoo Bishop Edward Partridge, became plural wives of Joseph Smith. On the death of Smith, Emily became the wife of Brigham Young and lived in grand style and society in Salt Lake City while Eliza married Amasa Mason Lyman and lived in relative obscurity in Filmore. See items # 4 and

# 51. Fine.SOLD $SOLD


Holy Bible. Given as the 2007 Church Employee Christmas Gift. As new in original white gift box. Very fine. $SOLD


Triple Combination. Given as the 2006 Church Employee Christmas Gift. As new in original white gift box. Very fine. SOLD


Employee Christmas Gift Set. Fine, new set in custom multi-hardwood slipcase. SOLD

Triple Combination - 2006

Holy Bible - 2007

Hymns - 2009

Jesus the Christ - 2009

Articles of Faith - 2010


The Evening and The Morning Star. Basel, Switzerland. Published by Eugene Wagner. 1969. Photo mechanical reprint of one of the most important early LDS periodicals.[Independence: June 1832—July 1833; Kirtland: December 1833-September 1834.] Crawley 17. Fine. $1SOLD

Included in the Star are the earliest printed version of twenty-three of Joseph Smith’s revelations, the first Mormon doctrinal discussions, and contemporaneous accounts of the progress of the new church. The Star, of course, was partly responsible for its own demise; for it was Phelps’ article “Free People of Color,” in the fourteenth issue, that precipitated the destruction of the printing office. From A Mormon Fifty # 2.


Raynor Wallace Allan. The Everlasting Spires. A Story of the Salt Lake Temple. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1965. 203p. Very good. $SOLD


Raynor Wallace Allan. The Everlasting Spires. A Story of the Salt Lake Temple. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1965. 203p. Fine in dust jacket. $SOLD


Cannon , Donald Q. and Lyndon W. Cook. (editors). Far West Record Minutes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1844. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1983. 318p. Limited edition. Full olive green leather, t.e.g. A fine copy. $SOLD


Stucki, John S. Family History Journal of John S. Stucki from Switzerland to Utah in 1860 and South to St George on Dixie Mission under special call of Brigham Young in 1861. Pyramid Press, Printers. Salt Lake City, Utah, April 1932. 164 p. Frontis. Stiff wraps. Very Scarce. Near fine. $SOLD

John Stucki was born December 13, 1850 in Heirstetten, Bern Switzerland. At the age of nine, John traveled west with his parents in the Oscar O. Stoddard handcart company in 1860

The Stucki family settled with other Swiss Saints in Santa Clara, Utah, in 1861. As a young boy, John helped build the St. George Temple. He married Barbara Baumann, Karolina Heimberg, and Louise Reichenbach. John was the father of twenty-four children, eight of whom were adopted. He was called on a mission to Switzerland, where he served as conference president. After returning home, he taught religion classes. John died March 26, 1933, in Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. Even after many years he still remembered the epic event he and his family were part of:

“My dear mother had a little baby to nurse, and only having half enough to eat and to pull on the handcart all day long, day after day, she soon got so weak and worn out that she could not help Father anymore. Nor was she able to keep up with the Company. Sometimes when we camped, she was so far behind the Company we could not see anything of her for quite a while, so that I was afraid she might not be able to get to the camp.

I have never forgotten how when I, a nine-year-old boy, would be so tired that I would wish I could sit down for just a few minutes. How much good it would do to me. But instead of that, my dear, nearly worn-out father would ask me if I could not push a little more on the handcart.

When one of the teamsters, seeing two buffaloes near the oxen, shot one of them, the meat was divided among the whole handcart company. My parents also got a small piece, which my father put in the back end of the handcart. That was in the fore part of the week. Father said we would save it for our dinner next Sunday. I was so very hungry all the time, and the meat smelled so good to me while pushing at the handcart, and having a little pocketknife, I could not resist but had to cut off a piece or two each half day. Although I was afraid of getting a severe whipping after cutting a little the first few times, I could not resist taking a little each half day. I would chew it so long it got tasteless.

When father went to get the meat on Sunday noon, he asked me if I had been cutting off some of it. I said, "Yes, I was so hungry that I could not let it alone." Then, instead of giving me the severe scolding or whipping, he did not say a word but started to wipe the tears from his eyes.”


Talmage, James E. "The Father and the Son: A Doctrinal Exposition of the First Presidency and the Twelve," 30 June 1916.” Salt Lake City. 1916. 8p. See also Item 100. A Fine copy. $SOLD

At the request of President Joseph F. Smith, Elder Talmage authored “The Father and The Son: A Doctrinal Exposition by The First Presidency and The Twelve” in 1916. The official declaration is still referred to by Church leaders when they comment on the relationship between Jehovah and Elohim. The document answered questions regarding the Book of Mormon’s use of “Father” when referring to Jesus Christ. Generally, members of the Church today understand these teachings, but for many years there was much confusion as to the relationship between Jesus Christ, Jehovah , Elohim , God the Father and God the Son. Nearly a century passed before Church leaders taught them in their entirety and they could be compiled into one declaration. Elder Talmage’s efforts, as directed and overseen by the First Presidency, assisted in clarifying his predecessors’ teachings on the Godhead.


Brizee-Bowen, Sandra L. For All to See. The Little Bighorn Battle in Plains Indian Art. Spokane: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2003. 187. One of five hundred signed and numbered copies. Volume VIII in the Hidden Springs of Custeriana. Fine. $SOLD


Lyman, Albert R. Biography Francis Marion Lyman 1840-1916. Apostle 1880-1916. Delta, Utah: Edited, Printed and Published by Melvin A. Lyman, M.D. 1958. 218p. See also Item # 4 Very good. $SOLD


Bagley, Will. Frontiersman, Abner Blackburn’s Narrative. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. 1992. 309p. Limited leather edition of only 20 numbered copies – signed and numbered on the colophon. Included with the book is a matching numbered, signed Keepsake: “Frontiersman’s Fifteenth.” Very Fine. $600.00

In 1889, retired San Bernardino, CA farmer, seafarer, and pioneer Abner Blackburn (1827-1904) began an account of his youthful wanderings across the North American continent. Referring to his memoir as "an account of my past misdeeds," Blackburn describes his experiences with Mormon pioneers, an astounding assortment of western tribes, and the last fur traders. After working on steamboats on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, Blackburn was a teamster for Brigham Young, marched with the Mormon Battalion to Santa Fe, crossed the Great Basin seven times in four years, and prospected for gold in California. Blackburn knew Joseph Smith, Jim Bridger, John Sutter, Sam Brannan, and a host of lesser-known but equally colorful characters. Abner Blackburn's narrative has a voice that is dry, salty, and western.


Stegner, Wallace. The Gathering of Zion. The Story of the Mormon Trail. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company. 1964, 331p. A volume in The American Trails Series. A fine copy. $SOLD

Written by one of the West’s most respected historians. “That I do not accept the faith that possessed them does not mean I doubt their frequent devotion and heroism in its service. Especially their women. Their women were incredible,” (p13.)


Smith, Joseph F. Gospel Doctrine. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company. 1990. Church employee Christmas gift for 1990. Fine, still boxed and shrink-wrapped. $SOLD

Stoker, Mark Lawrence. Hearken, O Ye People, The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations. Salt Lake City: Kofford Books, 2009. As new. $SOLD



Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City. Church Employee Christmas Gift for 1987. Fine copy in original gift box. Scarce. $SOLD


Compton, Todd. In Sacred Loneliness, The Plural wives of Joseph Smith. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1999. 788p. Mormons today have little idea about their founder’s family life. Many do not know that he was a practicing polygamist with thirty-three wives. To understand these issues, Compton has painstakingly researched and recovered the life stories of the women – aged fourteen to fifty-four –whom the prophet loved and married and whose salvation he guaranteed. Signed by the author. Fine. $SOLD


Bell, Jim. In The Strength of the Lord, The Life and Ministry of James E. Faust. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1999. Fine. $SOLD


Gottfredson, Peter. History of Indian Depredations in Utah. Salt Lake City: Skelton Publishing Co. 1919. 352, 16p. Previous owner’s name. A nice bright copy. $SOLD


Taylor, John. Items on Priesthood Presented to the Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City: Geo. Q. Cannon & Sons Company, Printers and Publishers. 1899. 36p. Yellow wraps, some chipping to corners else very good. $SOLD


Hinckley, Gordon B. James Henry Moyle. The Story of a Distinguished American and an Honored Churchman. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1951. 399p. Limited edition. Half leather over matching red buchram boards. Association inscription: “May 18, 1952/ To Bill With My Best Regards/Gilbert D[inwoodey] Moyle.” Gilbert was James H. Moyle’s son. A fine copy. $SOLD


Brooks, Juanita. John D. Lee, Zealot, Pioneer Builder, Scapegoat. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1962. 404p. First printing after the very scarce first edition of 1961. As this book was to go to press, Juanita Brooks found out the President David O. McKay had given permission for John D. Lee’s membership and blessings to be restored. She decided to place that announcement in the book as the last two paragraphs. When President McKay was informed for Brooks’ plan he sent Apostle Delbert Stapley to warn her not to do it or he would resend the blessings. After much discussion Juanita Brooks told Delbert Stapley that she would only agree to not placing this announcement in the first printing only. Thinking that the print run would be quite large and take some time to sell out before another print run was order, Stapley left feeling somewhat satisfied. Juanita then phoned The Arthur H. Clark Company and told them to print 200 copies without the announcement, stop the presses, change the date, add the announcement and print a new edition. This copy is one of the 1962 printing which was the first to announce the restoration of blessing of John D. Lee. Top edge stained, deckle fore-edge, bottom edge trimmed. Previous owner’s stamp on pastedowns and endpapers. Dust jacket has a small ‘v’ tear at upper edge and minor chipping at extremities, otherwise a very good copy. SOLD


Brooks, Juanita. John D. Lee, Zealot, Pioneer Builder, Scapegoat. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1964. 404p. Historian Davis Bitton’s copy with his signature on ffep. Top edge stained, deckle fore-edge, bottom edge untrimmed. A very good copy in very slightly soiled dust jacket. SOLD


Jessee, Dean C. (editor). John Taylor Nauvoo Journal. Provo: Grandin Book Company, 1996. 131p. This signed, numbered, leather edition was limited to 20 copies. Full black leather, t.e.g., with John Taylor’s signature embossed on front cover. Another example of the fine binding and craftsmanship of master binder Alphonse Walters. A fine copy. $SOLD


The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839 Church Historians Press, 2008. 506p. The first printing of 10,00 copies sold out quickly, so did the second printing. Fine first printing of this very ambitious project. $SOLD


Peterson, Levi S. Juanita Brooks, Mormon Woman Historian. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1988, 505p. Volume 5 in the Utah Centennial Series. Along with Bernard DeVoto, Fawn Brodie and Dale Morgan, Juanita Brooks helped transformed and professionalized Mormon history and research. A fine copy. $SOLD


Baughman, Robert. Kansas in Maps. Topeka, Kansas: Kansas State Historical Society, 1961. 104p. Deluxe first edition limited to 200 numbered copies. Half faux vellum spine over checkered cloth covers; housed in pictorial slipcase. Fine. $SOLD


Baughman, Robert. Kansas in Maps. Topeka, Kansas: Kansas State Historical Society, 1961. 104p. First trade edition. Pictorial linen covers and pictorial dust jacket. The graphic pictorial dust jacket is worth the price of the book! “Though the book is listed under the authorship of Baughman it is certain that Dale Morgan was responsible for most or all of this work or substantial editing. It is unquestionable of his creation. He does at least appear at the head of the list of acknowledgment.” Saunders 35.Fine. $SOLD


Pratt, Parley P. Key to the Science of Theology. Liverpool: F.D. Richards, 1855. 173p. Bound in full black diced leather and housed in full leather clam-shell box.

“Key to Theology is Mormonism’s earliest comprehensive synthetical work. Its Scope is complete: beginning with a definition of theology, it traces the loss of the true gospel among the Jews and the gentiles; then in linking chapters it discusses the nature of the Godhead, the origin of the universe, the restoration of the gospel, the means by which man regains the presence of God the resurrection the three degrees of glory in the hereafter, and the ultimate position of exalted men and women as procreative beings. It is a masterly book. It apparently appealed to Brigham Young as well; for during the twenty-two years following its publication, a time when almost no other Mormon books were being written Key to Theology went through three more editions.” From A Mormon Fifty # 45. $SOLD


Clark, Robert. The Killing of Chief Crazy Horse three eyewitness views by the Indian, Chief He Dog, the Indian-white, William Garnett, the White doctor, Valentine McGillycuddy. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1976. 152p. Volume IV – Hidden Springs of Custeriana , this volume limited to 350 copies. Very good with deckle fore-edge. “360” circled in ink on half title. Some wear to head and tail of spine and corners else very good. $SOLD


Powers, Thomas. The Killing of Crazy Horse. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 568p. index, bibliography & notes, color illus. w/b&w maps. An exceptionally well-written book. First printing.

Fine. SOLD


Launius, Roger D. and John E. Hallwas. Kingdom on the Mississippi Revisited. Nauvoo In Mormon History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996. 282p. Title off-centered on spine otherwise fine. $SOLD


BAGLEY,Will, series editor. Kingdom in the West. Norman: The Arthur H. Clark Company. On-going series, Twelve volumes published so far, (volume 11 yet to be published – it will be part II of At Swords Point). All volumes are first printings. Printed on acid-free paper and bound in light blue linen cloth with two-color foil stamping on the spine and front cover. Full set to date. Fine. $SOLD


BAGLEY,Will, series editor. Kingdom in the West. Norman: The Arthur H. Clark Company. On-going series, Twelve volumes published so far, (volume 11 yet to be published – it will be part II of At Swords Point). All volumes are first printings. LIMITED LEATHER EDITION. # 47 of 55 sets being produced. Each volume is accompanied by a matching signed and numbered keepsake. The keepsakes are housed in a blue cloth slipcase. Full set to date. The limited edition of Kingdom in the West was oversubscribed before publication and complete sets seldom come on the market. Fine. SOLD


Taylor, Samuel W. The Kingdom or Nothing. The Life of John Taylor, Militant Mormon. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. 1976. First printing.406p. A fine copy with very small red dot (remainder?) on top edge. $SOLD


Cook, Lyndon W. and Milton V. Bachman. (editors) Kirtland Elders’ Quorum Record 1832-1836. Provo: Grandin Book Company, 1985. 125p. $SOLD


Ko nga Akorangame nga Kawenata o te Hahi o Ihu Karaiti o te Hunga Tapu o nga Ra o muri nei me nga whakakitenga I homai ki a Hohepa Mete, Tamaiti, te Poropiti, mo te Hanganga o te Kingitanga o te Atua I nga ra Whakamutunga. Me mea panui na Hemi Nitama Ramapata mo te Hahi o Ihu Karaiti o te Hunga Tapu o nga Ra o Muri nei. Akarana, Niu Tereni. 1919. 1p.1.[3]-444p. 19cm. Sabin 83228. Flake 2938. Pebbled black cloth. Very Good. $SOLD


Philbrick, Nathaniel. The Last Stand. Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of The Little Bighorn. New York: Viking, 2010. First printing,466p. A fine copy. $SOLD


Talmage, James E. Latter-day Revelations - Selections from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City: Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1930. 176p. The book was published in four languages: English, Spanish, Danish and Norwegian. Cover and spine gilt are fading else near very good with bumped corners.   SOLD



Talmage, James E. Latter-day Revelations - Selections from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City: Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1930. 176p. Very good with bumped corners. SOLD

In his journal dated 22 Nov. 1930, Talmage records the following, “I had the pleasure of presenting to the First Presidency advance copies of the little book ‘Latter-day Revelation’ which is described on the title page as ‘Selections from the book of Doctrine and Covenants.’ The selections were decided upon by the First Presidency and the Twelve and the matter of arranging, editing, and proof reading, etc., has been under my immediate direction, and I must be held personally responsible for the correctness of the type and matter.”


Cook, Lyndon W. Joseph Smith and The Law of Consecration. Provo: Grandin Book Company. 1985, 99p. Signed by the author. Bound in full maroon leather, t.e.g. A fine copy. SOLD



Roberts, Brigham H., Editor. History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, Later printings of 1973 & 1974. Index is missing a ffep. Slightly mismatched in color, ffep excised from index volume else a very good set. $SOLD

Dahl, Larry E. and Charles D. Tate, Jr,.  editors. The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective. First printing, 1990. 310p. The Lectures on Faith were removed from the Scriptures in 1920. Fine in a very good dust jacket.  $SOLD


Spencer, Orson. Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon and Sons, 1891. Very fine. SOLD

Originally published (1847) as a series of twelve tracts titled: Correspondence between Rev. W. Crowel, A.M., and O. Spencer, B.A. As its popularity increased, so did demand and in later editions additional letters were added – fourteen in all. Seven hardback editions of Spencer’s Letters were published during the nineteenth century. From A Mormon Fifty # 29.

Smith, Joseph F., compiler and editor. Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company. This is the 1991 Church employee Christmas gift book. Fine, shrink-wrapped and in original gift box. SOLD


Millet, Robert L and Kent P. Jackson. (editors) Studies in Scripture. Volume Two. The Pearl of Great Price. Salt Lake City: Randall Book, 985. 446p. First printing. Near fine. SOLD



CLUM, John P. It All Happened In Tombstone. Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press, 1965. 45p. Reprinted from Arizona Historical Review October 1929. With a Foreword and Annotations by John D. Gilchriese. Reprint of the eye-witness account of the famous gun battle between the Earp brothers, "Doc" Holliday and the Clantons and McLaurys in Tombstone, October, 1881. Fine in fine dust jacket. SOLD


Rumer, Thomas A., Editor and Commenter. This Emigrating Company. The 1844 Oregon Trail Journal of Jacob Hammer. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1990. Near fine in dust jacket. SOLD


Knight, Greg R. (editor) Thomas Bullock Nauvoo Journal. Orem: Grandin Book Company. 1994, 101p. Limited edition of 25 copies. Bound in black leather with t.e.g. and Bullock’s signature embossed on front cover. A fine copy. $SOLD


Wilson, Elijah Nicholas. In Collaboration with Howard R. Driggs, Drawings by Perry Driggs. The White Indian Boy. The Story of Uncle Nick Among the Shoshones. Salt Lake City: Paragon Press, 1991. 222p. Inscription: “To Rawlins Hughes with warm Regards/Perry Driggs. Fine in dust jacket. $SOLD


Ehat, Andrew F and Lyndon W. Cook. (Compiled and edited by) The Words of Joseph Smith. The Contemporary accounts of the Nauvoo discourses of the Prophet Joseph. Provo: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. Second printing 1981. 447p. Compiled from some forty different persons who recorded Smith’s sermons. Still one of best books (only book?) reproducing Smith’s sermons during the Nauvoo period. Fine SOLD


Whitley, Colleen, Editor. Worth Their Salt, Notable But Often Unnoted Women of Utah. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1996 first edition. 308p. Fine in dust jacket. SOLD


Cannon, Elder George Q. Writings from the Western Standard, Published in San Francisco. Liverpool: Published by George Q. Cannon, 1864. 512p. Articles from the weekly newspaper, edited by Cannon, a Mormon, in San Francisco, containing important Mormon events in 1856 and 1857. Flake 1774. At the Spring Conference of 1855, George Q. Cannon was called on a mission to California to publish a newspaper. On February 23, 1856 the first number of “The Western Standard” was issued and continued for the next nineteen months until hostilities between the U.S. Government and Brigham Young and the Saints in Utah were announced. Cannon remained in San Francisco until December 3, 1857, when with Orson Pratt, Ezra T. Benson and others “started home to take part in the defense of our homes and liberties.” Later, in 1861 while on another mission in England, Cannon discussed the prospect of publishing editorials and other material from the “Western Standard”. “In incidentally alluding,in conversation with some of the brethren, to my intention to compile these writings in book form, whenever I should have a favorable opportunity, several of them expressed a desire to possess the work, if ever it should be published, and desired me to issue a sufficient number to supply them with a few copies; these requests caused me to modify my original plan, and I have published I few more copies than I first thought doing.”

The book, as was common practice then and now, was published in several binding formats – cloth, half, three quarter and full leather. Often the full-leather top-of-the-line premium bindings, (the type of binding offered here) were given as presentation copies to friends and dignitaries. When returning to Utah in the winter of 1861, Cannon brought several of these premium bound Writings From The Western Standard with him and inscribed and presented them to the “brethren” who had encouraged and shown interest in this project.

This copy has a tipped in letter - inscribed and signed by Cannon and presented to Wilford Woodruff.

An exceptional association copy with the personally inscribed provenance letter tipped in.

Full leather in full leather clamshell box.   Fine.       SOLD


Stokes, Jeremiah. Thunder Cave. The Thrilling Adventures of Giant WigWah and the Two Little Collored Boys, Jasper and Zebbie. Told in Twenty-one Fascinating Episodes of Sparkling Humor and Gripping Mystery. Salt Lake City: Western Epics, Inc. 2001. 278p. Facsimile reprint from the scarce 1932 first edition. Limited to 500 copies hardbound in dust jacket. A fine copy.SOLD


Holland, Jeffrey R Holland. Trusting Jesus. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003. 188p. Limited edition (740 copies) of one of Holland’s popular books. Fine. $SOLD


Widtsoe, John A. An Understandable Religion. Independence, Missori: Zion’s Printing and Publishing, 1944. 227p. Inscribed by signed by the author to Alfred L. Zobell, Jr. With Albert L. Zobell’s signature also. Very good. SOLD


Moulton, Candy. Valentine T. McGillycuddy. Army Surgeon, Agent to the Sioux. Norman: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2011.288p. New. No dust jacket issued. $SOLD As a contract surgeon on the frontier, the first Indian agent at Pine Ridge, president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and mayor of Rapid City, Valentine McGillycuddy played a pivotal role in shaping western South Dakota at the end of the nineteenth century. His life and legacy reflect the issues of the day and the conflicting impulses of many white immigrants who fought to wrest control of the Black Hills from the Lakota and then worked to erect their own civilization on this landscape.


Smith, Ethan, View of the Trinity. A Treatise on the Character of Jesus Christ, and on the Trinity in Unity of the Godhead; with Quotations from the primitive fathers. Published and Printed by Smith & Shute: Poultney, (Vt.) 1824. 202p. Influential Trinitarian defense with concepts of ironic interest to later Mormonism, including the condescension of God, the need for an infinite Atonement, the subject of plural Gods, and Ethan Smith's assertion that Jehovah is Christ. Smith wrote this work to counter the effects of Noah Worcester's Gospel News. Full leather with read spine label. Contemporary signature and date (1828). See Mormon Parallels 397. So many researchers delving into the early doctrines and theology promulgated by Joseph Smith go to great lengths to find similarities and parallels with those concepts found in ancient pagan Egypt, Persia or other parts of the middle east, completely ignoring Smith’s culture found in his own back yard. View of the Trinity is one of a myriad of books etc. suggesting theological concepts later adapted by Joseph Smith. Full leather, very good.SOLD


Smith, Ethan, View of the Trinity. A Treatise on the Character of Jesus Christ, and on the Trinity in Unity of the Godhead; with Quotations from the primitive fathers. Boston: Published by R. P. & C. Williams, Printed by N. Willis. 1818. 235p. Influential Trinitarian defense with concepts of ironic interest to later Mormonism, including the condescension of God, the need for an infinite Atonement, the subject of plural Gods, and Ethan Smith's assertion that Jehovah is Christ. Smith wrote this work to counter the effects of Noah Worcester's Gospel News. Full calf with black spine label. See Mormon Parallels 397. Full leather, very good. SOLD


Pratt, Parley P. A Voice of Warning and Instruction To All People, or, An Introduction to the Faith and Doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: The Deseret News Publishing Company. Thirteenth edition, 1893. 258p. Full leather, extremities worn and rubbed through, a.e.g. Good. SOLD

“A Voice of Warning was the first to emphasize the differences between Mormonism and traditional Christianity. More important, it erected a standard for all future Mormon pamphleteers by setting down a formula for describing Mormonism’s basic doctrines and by listing biblical proof-texts, arguments, and examples which would be used by others for the next hundred years. Before the turn of the century, Voice of Warning went through more that thirty editions in English and was translated into Danish, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Swedish.” From A Mormon Fifty. # 7.


Walker, Ronald W. Wayward Saints. The Godbeites and Brigham. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. 399p. Hardback, no dust jacket issues. Fine.SOLD


Colberg, Nancy. Wallace Stegner. A Descriptive Bibliography. Lewiston, Idaho: Confluence Press, Inc. 1990. 280p. First edition. Signed by Colberg and Stegner. Fine. No dust jacket issued. $SOLD


DRIGGS, Howard R. Westward America, with Reproductions of Forty Water Color Paintings by William H. Jackson. New York: American Pioneer Trails Association, [1942]. [ii] [2, signed limitation leaf] iii-x [2] 312 pp., 40 color plates (including frontispiece) of Jackson’s watercolor paintings with printed captions on tissue guards. First edition, “Author’s Autograph Edition,” signed by Howard R. Driggs and William H. Jackson, printed on Strathmore all-rag wove paper. Limited edition of 500 numbered copies. Fine in fine slipcase. $275.00

Presented are outstanding events of Western history from firsthand sources: old trappers’ rendezvous, establishment of trading and army posts along pioneer trails, John Sutter, Gold Rush, handcart companies, the Comstock, Pony Express, overland stage, transcontinental telegraph and railroad, cattle trails and cowboys, etc. All reproductions of William H. Jackson’s original watercolors.


Stegner, Wallace. Where the Bluebird Sings to the to the Lemonade Springs. Living and Writing in the West. New York: Random House, 1992. 227p. Fine. SOLD


Hatch, Charles and Todd M. Compton (edited and transcribed by). A Widow’s Tale, The 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2003. 887p. Fine. SOLD


Rogers, Fred B. Soldiers of the Overland. Being some account of the services of General Patrick Edward Connor & his Volunteers in the Old West. San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1938. 290p. Frontis, photos and maps. One Thousand copies printed. First edition. No dust jacket issued. Connor was dubbed “First Gentile of Utah” and the “Father of Utah Mining.” Near fine. SOLD


Stegner, Wallace. The Spectator Bird. Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, 1976. 267p. Limited first edition, especially bound and privately printed for The First Edition Society. Fine. $45.00


Signature’s Significant Mormon Diaries. Salt Lake City: Signature Books. 11 volumes to date, all in fine condition. $3000.00


Cooper, Kishkuman [Pseud. Cecil McGavin] The Sex Life of Brigham Young. Mansfield Centre, Ct: Martino Publishing, 2005. 379p. No dust jacket issued with this edition. Facsimile reprint of the very scarce original. Fine, no dust jacket issued with this reprint. SOLD