REMY, Jules (1826-1893) and BRENCHLEY, Julius (1816-1873). A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City…with a sketch of the history, religion, and customs of the Mormons, and an introduction on the religious movement in the United States. London: W. Jeffs, 1861.

$ 1,000.00

2 volumes. 8vo., (10 ¼ x 6 ¾ inches). Half titles (occasional spotting). Fine folding “Map designed to accompany the Journey to Mormon Land,” frontispiece in each volume, 8 engraved plates (one or two marginal stains, occasional slight toning). Original publisher’s brown cloth, stamped in blind, the smooth spine lettered in gilt (rebacked, extremities worn with loss).

First edition in English, first published in France the previous year. With the beautifully engraved map in volume I. “Remy and his companion Julius Lucius Brenchley traveled from San Francisco to Salt Lake City in the summer of 1855. After a month’s stay they left for Los Angeles, which they reached on November 29, and then returned to San Francisco. The Frenchmen were fascinated by the Mormons, and much of this book is devoted to the new American religion” (Wagner-Camp 364:2).

“In addition to producing one of the first travel narratives about the Mormons originally published in a non-English language, Remy and his companion were also somewhat unusual in approaching Utah from the West, traveling from San Francisco to Salt Lake City. They arrived on 25 September 1855 and stayed a full month, observing, as they put it, ‘a religion at the very moment of its birth.’ Their book was first published in France in 1860, then was translated into English and published the next year as ‘A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City’ (London: W. Jeffs, 1861)” (Smith, p. 160). Craig S. Smith, “The Curious Meet the Mormons: Images from Travel Narratives, 1850s and 1860s” in Journal of Mormon History, vol. 24, no. 2 (Fall 1998). Wagner-Camp 364:2. Flake 6867. Howes R-210. Sabin 69594. Scallawagiana 59.

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