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A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City
London: W. Jeffs,, 1861. With a sketch of the history, religion, and customs of the Mormons, and an introduction on the religious movement in the United States. 2 volumes, large octavo (250 x 152 mm). Original dark blue cloth, blind-stamped overall with pattern of concentric trefoils, spines lettered and decorated in gilt, covers panel-stamped in blind with floral corner- and centrepieces within composite frame, yellow endpapers, edges untrimmed. Housed in a custom black leather entry slipcase. Engraved frontispiece to each volume, 8 similar plates, folding map. Bookplates of John George Fenwick and Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedowns, blind-stamp of W. H. Smith & Son to front free endpapers. Spines slightly faded, light fraying to headcaps, extremities and joints rubbed, a few trivial scuffs and marks to covers, light spotting to frontispieces, tide-mark to outer corners of plates in volume 2; slipcase superficially split but holding. A very good copy. First edition in English, originally published in French the previous year as Voyage au pays des Mormons. Rémy (1826-1893) spent ten years travelling in the Americas and the Pacific, including three years in Honolulu, where he became an intimate of King Kamehameha III and met the English gentleman explorer Julius Brenchley (1816-1873). In 1855 the pair travelled from Sacramento to Salt Lake City via Varson Valley and Haw's Ranch, returning to the Pacific coast through Fillmore, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Rémy's account, written on his return to France, includes an account of their route, the Mormon religion, the lives of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and extensive notes on the natural history of Utah.
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