Mormonism Unveiled; or The Life and Confessions of the Late Mormon Bishop, John D. Lee; Embracing a history of Mormonism from its inception down to the present time, with an exposition of the secret history, signs, symbols and crimes of the Mormon Church. Also the true history of the horrible butchery known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Illustrated.
John D. Lee.
St. Louis: Bryan, Brand, & Co., 1877
A major anti-Mormon work by a former insider. This is an early printing which includes the Brigham Young appendix (first appeared in third edition.)
Ownership inscription appears to read W. W. Conkey. Perhaps coincidental, but W. B. Conkey published the 1920 Book of Mormon–the first major publisher to do so.
Laid in is a newspaper article which reviews the book “The Mountain Meadows Massacre” by Juanita Brooks. John Dokle Lee was tried, convicted and executed for his role. Brooks maintains that Lee was a scapegoat, “a sacrifice to the reputation of the Mormon community.” Lee himself made this claim, as well, before his execution on March 23, 1877.
Good to very good condition. Light edgewear to boards, but gilt remains bright. A few pages have some soiling, the worst of which is probably on the portrait of Brigham Young (see photo.) 8-5/8″ tall by 6″ wide.
Plate illustrations of events and people. 406 pp.