By University of Utah Press
U of U Press History of Utah Printing Released
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Utah's first printing press arrived in Salt
Lake Valley in 1849, barely two years after the first settlers.
Purchased by printer W. W. Phelps at the behest of Mormon leaders,
the press was initially the church's private venture but also became
a tool to project political interests onto the national stage. The
first document produced was a general communique to the church at
large. Other early jobs included the second printing of the
Constitution of the State of Deseret, part of an early, unsuccessful
statehood bid, and the first issues of the Deseret News.
Printing in Deseret is a concise narrative history of the advent of
printing in the state, and of the earliest printed documents, or
incunabula, created during the initial settlement years. It also
includes a bibliographic history of the press, chronicling more than
fifty printed items, most never before described.
Advance praise for Printing in Deseret:
"The bibliographic description of early Utah imprints is unsurpassed
in its thoroughness of coverage and descriptive detail."
-George Miles, curator, Yale Collection of Western Americana
"Thoughtful, wide ranging in scope, and painstakingly detailed,
Printing in Deseret, makes a notable contribution to the study of
printing's evolution in the nineteenth century American West."
-Peter J. Blodgett, curator, Western Historical Manuscripts, Huntington Library
Richard L. Saunders received the Dialogue Writing Award for History
and Biography in 1996, he is currently the curator of Special
Collections and Archives at the Paul Meek Library, University of
Tennessee at Martin.
PRINTING IN DESERET
Mormons, Economy, Politics, and Utah's Incunabula, 1849-1851
By Richard L. Saunders
Cloth $35.00 215 pp., 6 x 9
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