San Marino: The Huntington Library, 1955. First Edition. Two volume set. 344, 480pp. Brown cloth with the red title labels on the backstrips. Both volumes fine in like jackets. Map endsheets and pastedowns. In uncommonly nice condition. Item #7388
John D. Lee was the only person ever convicted of the atrocities at Mountain Meadows (nearly two decades after the event) and executed just a few months before the death of his adopted father, Brigham Young. Important work edited by Brooks and Cleland that covers the time before Lee's arrival in the Great Basin up to his arrest in 1876 for the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
"These two volumes contain five hitherto unpublished diaries of John D. Lee, 'one of the most tragic, controversial, and enigmatic figures in the history of the West.' The second adopted son of Brigham Young, Lee participated as an important leader in the historic Mormon migration of 1848 to the valley of the Great Salt Lake; played a major role in the exploration and settlement of southern Utah; took an active part in the treacherous, cold-blooded Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857." - from the jacket's flap. Scallawagiana Hundred 98.