Salt Lake City: Prairie Dog Press, 1992. Limited Edition, 1/20. 307pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Burgundy leather with the title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Marbled endsheets and pastedowns. Fine. With signed printed keepsake. Item #6804
This special edition was limited to 20 signed and numbered copies. In 1889, retired farmer, seafarer, and pioneer, Abner Blackburn (1827-1904) began an account of his youthful wanderings across the North American continent. Referring to his memoir as "an account of my past misdeeds," Blackburn describes his experiences with Mormon pioneers, and astounding assortment of western tribes, and the last fur traders. After working on steamboats on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, Blackburn was a teamster for Brigham Young, marched with the Mormon Battalion to Santa Fe, crossed the Great Basin seven times in four years, and prospected for gold in California. Blackburn knew Joseph Smith, Jim Bridger, John Sutter, Sam Brannan, and a host of lesser-known but equally colorful characters.