Salt Lake City: Tanner Trust Fund / J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, 2001. First Edition 1/26. 242pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Burgundy grained leather with the title gilt stamped on the front board and backstrip. Color map endsheets and pastedowns. Fine. Prospectus laid in. This special edition of the first printing was limited to 26 signed and lettered copies, this is copy 'C'. Item #6786
Signed by the editor on the title page. Goodell's letters open a new window on the dedicated frontier theocracy that believed it was destined to sweep to world dominion. They also reflect the militant attitude of the young millennial movement toward the American republic during its transition from the provisional State of Deseret, an independent nation-state created by Brigham Young in 1849, to a territory of the United States with the unwanted name of Utah.
"As these letters make clear, the Latter-day Saints' belief that they would 'reduce all nations and creeds to one political and religious standard' was a revolutionary task. Goodell's story provides a new perspective on one of America's most remarkable millennial movements and its inevitable conflict with the young republic in which it was born." - from the prospectus.