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BURTON, Richard Francis
The city of the saints: And across the Rocky Mountains to California.
New York: Harper, 1862. 1862 Salt Lake City of Saints Richard Burton Mormon UTAH Mountain California MAPRichard Burton was one of the most prolific English translators of the 19th-century, in fact, he is best known for his unabridged English translation of 'Arabian Nights'. Richard Burton's 'City of Saints' is an account of his travels across America to Salt Lake City and on to California in 1860. Burton details his visit to Salt Lake City and describes the overland journey, Mormons, polygamy, and more. "Sir Richard departed from Saint Joseph on August 7, 1860 and arrived at Salt Lake City on August 25. After a stay of about one month in Utah, he continued on to California, stopping briefly at Carson City and Virginia City on the way. Burton was very interested in the Mormons and wrote about them sympathetically. The appendix of the book contains a number of Mormon documents and a Mormon chronology; and the footnotes (pp. 250-63) include an extensive Mormon bibliography" (Wagner-Camp).Edward Rice, in his recent biography of Burton, hints that he may have been on a secret mission to southern leaders on the eve of the Civil War. "The book," Rice says, "is a rare account by an experienced traveler who was alert to every detail, to language, to the nuances of a dynamic developing nation that showed high civilization on its eastern coast and progressive barbarism as one traveled westward. It is mid-century America in five hundred pages and appendixes and rarely dull" (Rice).This 1862 edition features 8 engraved plates and one, fold out map featuring Burton's trek, a map of the G … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books [United States]
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