London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1861. First Edition. 707pp. Octavo [22 cm] Green cloth with the title gilt on the backstrip and a beehive gilt on the front board. very good. Gentle wear to extremities. Complete with both fold-outs. Item #7600
A nice copy of this classic travel narrative, of Burton's visit to Brigham Young's Salt Lake. This is the first edition of this outstanding western travel narrative. Already celebrated for his travels to the 'holy cities' of the Old World, Burton made a pilgrimage in 1860 to Great Salt Lake City, taking the overland stage from St. Joseph, and after a few weeks among the Mormons, going on to San Francisco via the Comstock.
"The Mormons have been represented, and are generally believed to be, an intolerant race; I found the reverse far nearer the fact. The best proof of this is that there is hardly one anti-Mormon publication however untruthful, violent, or scandalous which I did not find in Gt. S. L. City." (p.249) Flake/Draper 1027. Wagner/Camp 370:1. Auerbach 216. Howes B1033. Wheat 1021. Woodward 29. Six-Guns 347.