San Francisco: The History Company Publishers, 1889. First Edition. 808pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Original 3/4 leather over marbled boards with decorative gilt stamping and gilt stamped leather labels on the backstrip. Marbled fore-edge. Marbled pastedowns and endsheets. Near fine. An exceptionally nice copy of this work. Item #6660
According to C. A. Morris in vol. 4 of the Oregon Historical Society Quarterly, most of this was written by Alfred Bates. Volume 26 in Bancroft's monumental 'Works.' The 'Works' is a result of Bancroft's interest in Western Americana which he began collecting in 1859. His collections eventually included more than 60,000 titles in addition to dozens of massive scrapbooks containing clippings from magazines and especially newspapers from throughout the West. Around 1870 Bancroft conceived the idea of writing an encyclopedic history of the American West.
"Anything written at the present day which may properly be called a history of Utah must be largely a history of the Mormons, these being the first white people to settle in the country, and at present largely occupying it. As others with opposing interests and influences appear, they and the great principles thereby brought to an issue receive the most careful consideration. And I have deemed it but fair, in presenting the early history of the church, to give respectful consideration to and a sober recital of Mormon faith and experiences, common and miraculous. The story of Mormonism, therefore, beginning with chapter iii., as told in the text, is from the Mormon standpoint, and based entirely on Mormon authorities; while in the notes, and running side by side with the subject-matter in the text, I give in full all anti-Mormon arguments and counter statements, thus enabling the reader to carry along both sides at once, instead of having to consider first all that is to be said on one side, and then all that is to be said on the other." - p.ix. Flake/Draper 286. Howes B 91. Cowan p.11.