Salt Lake City: Olympus Publishing Company, 1984. First Edition. 429pp. Octavo [23 cm] Tan illustrated wrappers. Near fine. Prospectus laid in. Item #8674
Signed by the author on the front free endsheet. Illustrated with maps and portraits. "The story that unfolded from the Mormon involvement in the California Gold Rush was one of Utah's first successful export industries. Over $80,000 in gold went through Brigham Young's Gold Accounts into the Mormon mint alone between 1848 and 1851 - money used to support the Kingdom. Many thousands more of dollars, unaccounted for, remained in private hands to be used to buy supplies and capital goods. Had it not been for these 19th Century Mormon Argonauts the infant Mormon economy might well have floundered." - p.xv.