Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1906. 59th Congress, 1st Session. Document No. 486. 4 volume set. 1088, 1027, 775, 542+149pp. Octavo [23 cm] 3/4 burgundy grained leather over matching cloth boards. Titles and bands gilt stamped on the backstrip. Near fine. Bookplates on the front pastedowns. Index bound with volume four. Cut signature of Reed Smoot laid into volume 1. Item #6738
A very nice looking set of these landmark United States Senate hearings to seat Reed Smoot. According to Saunders: "The cultural landmark represented by this set cannot be overvalued. Ever since the admission of Utah to the Union, critics had asserted that politics in Utah remained a Mormon machine - and that, incidentally, they were real nasty people and were still practicing polygamy. They were (practicing polygamy, that is), but that was beside the point. The issue was the perceived involvement of the Church in politics. When monogamous apostle Reed Smoot was elected to the U.S. Senate his election was hotly protested as evidence that the Church was up to its old tricks. The volumes contain the transcribed testimony given in the case, which dragged every conceivable Latter-day Saint doctrine and practice into the view that could be misconstrued as unpatriotic, politically mechanistic, or immoral. The parade of witnesses included Republican machine politicians, dim-memoried disaffected members solemnly testifying of unspeakable temple practice, and a host of miscellaneous other experts." Collectible Mormon Books 9. Auerbach 1236. Scallawagiana 82. Flake/Draper 9173.