A Landmark of Western Illustration[James Linforth, editor]. [Frederick Piercy, illustrator]. Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley...Together with A Geographical and Historical Description of Utah, and a Map of the Overland Routes to that Territory, from the Missouri River. Also, an Authentic History of the Latter-Day Saints' Emigration from Europe from the Commencement up to the Close of 1855, with Statistics. Liverpool: Franklin D. Richards, 1855. First edition. Quarto. vii, -120 pages. Text in double columns. Thirty steel engravings and nine woodcuts in the text from sketches made by Frederick Piercy. Folding map of "Utah, and the Overland Routes to it from the Missouri River" (11.25" x 19.5") by F. D. Richards. This version with Utah borders hand-colored, but not the counties. Handsomely bound in a recent half leather over marbled boards. Titles stamped in gilt on a red morocco spine label. All edges stained red. Modest shelf wear to binding; a few plates with damp stains at the edges not affecting the image; internally clean; a better than encountered copy in near fine condition.
"One of the most elaborately and beautifully illustrated of western books. A large portion of the edition was water-damaged while in transit to New York. In some copies of the map Utah counties are hand-colored" (Howes). "This elaborately prepared and illustrated book was published as a monument to the Mormon emigration to Utah, and as a means of attracting further emigrants. Piercy made a special trip to America [in 1853] to make sketches for the plates, which are some of the best western views of the period" (Streeter).
"One of the basic sources of illustrated western Americana of the period" (Taft, Artists and Illustrators of the Old West, 1850-1900, page 285). The engravings include views of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Vicksburg, Memphis, St. Louis, Nauvoo, the Missouri River and Council Bluffs, Scott's Bluffs, Fort Laramie and Laramie's Peak, the Great Salt Lake, and Great Salt Lake City; and portraits of the Sons of the Prophet Joseph: Joseph Smith, Jun., and David Smith, their mother Lucy Smith, Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, and Father John Smith, and John Smith, son of Hyrum.
References: Crawley & Flake, A Mormon Fifty, 46; Flake-Draper, Mormon Bibliography, 1830-1930, 6381; Graff 2501; Howes L359; Sabin 41325; Streeter 2296; Wagner-Camp 259 ("Frederick Piercy, a professional artist who was born in England in 1830, made what may have been his only visit to North America in 1853. He died in England in 1891"); Wheat, Transmississippi West, 4.
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