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Pioneering the West 1846 to 1878: Major Howard Egan's Diary
Richmond, Utah: Howard R. Egan Estate, 1917. First edition.. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo. 302,(1)pp. Publisher's green cloth blocked in black on the spine and on the upper board with an image of a horse and rider under the title. Illustrated. Light wear to the edges and corners and with an old repair of a closed tear on the front free endpaper, not affecting the inscriptions, else a very good copy. With the following inscription on the front free endpaper: "The First Book sold: Bought by F. M. Lyman Jr." And further down: "This Book is a truthful narrative. 'Truth is stranger than fiction.' Error alone can bind us in chains. But 'the Truth will make us free.' W. M. Egan." & Lyman was the son of Francis Marion Lyman (1840-1916), a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as well as President of the Quorum (1903-1916). The younger Lyman, though, was a surveyor whose name still appears on map descriptions in Salt Lake City. Howard Egan was an early Mormon pioneer and one of the earliest Pony Express riders. The inscription seems to indicate that this is the first copy of the book sold, but it is in green cloth and thus a variant as Graff indicates that the earliest copies are in black cloth, later in brown. In 1942 William Egan compiled an index to the diary. Graff 1221; Howes E76; Flake/Draper 3121.
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