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Mountain Meadows Massacre Lithograph
San Francisco: Pacific Art Company, [1877]. Lithograph. Large color lithograph. Image measures 48 cm by 66 cm (margins included). Very good condition. Some minor wear to the rear. Light sporadic discoloring, more so in the margins. Attractive lithograph depicting a wagon train passing peacefully through Mountain Meadows, Utah Territory, with a small group of Paiute Indians (or Mormon militia men in costume) hidden amidst the rocks and trees, presumably depicting the scene moments before the mass slaughter of the Fancher-Baker emigrant wagon train on September 11, 1857, that would become known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Historian Will Bagley (editor of the renowned Kingdom in the West series) used an inferior copy of this image on his Mountain Meadows Massacre book, "Blood of the Prophets" because they were unable to locate an original lithograph. Very few copies of this are known to exist in institutions. This lithograph was produced in the same year as the execution of John D. Lee, who was the only person ever convicted of the atrocities that occurred at Mountain Meadows. This image was most likely printed to exploit the public's continued fascination with the Massacre that claimed the lives of more than 120 men, women and children. Uncommon in any condition.
      [Bookseller: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA]
Last Found On: 2014-12-17           Check availability:      Biblio    

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