(Taken from the BYU library website)
Route From Liverpool to Great
Salt Lake Valley,
Illustrated With Steel Engravings and Wood Cuts From Sketches Made By Frederick
Piercy... Edited by James Linforth.
Liverpool: Published by Franklin D. Richards, 1855.
Frederick Hawkins Piercy, a talented artist at the
youthful age of 23 years set sail on February
5, 1853 on the ship Jersey with a
company of 313 emigrants bound for America.
His purpose for this trip was not permanent residence in America
but rather to document the journey of this half English and half Welsh company
of Mormon emigrants and produce an illustrated travel book to encourage British
Mormons to emigrate to Utah. The
result of Piercy's journey culminated in 1855 with
the publication of what ranks (in the view of two prominent scholars of Mormon
bibliography) as "the most beautiful book published by the Latter-day
Route from Liverpool to the Great Salt Lake Valley contains Piercy's detailed narrative of the journey as well as
illustrations of an unusually high quality made from his own drawings sketched
on the trail. In addition to these illustrations of prominent landmarks between
Council Bluff and Salt Lake City, Piercy also made sketches of sites along the Mississippi
River between New Orleans
and Nauvoo including the Nauvoo Temple
in ruin and Carthage jail. He also
did five portrait sketches. After returning to England in 1854 the sketches
were made into high quality steel engravings by Charles Fenn
and James Linforth an assistant editor of the Millennial
Star did a general editing, added footnotes, a summary of Joseph Smith's
history, and a summary of the history of Mormon emigration up to 1855.
The book was originally issued in fifteen parts from July 1854 to September
1855 with each part in a green printed wrapper. Consequently many copies were
never properly bound and other copies bound in England
and shipped to Utah were damaged
in transit. These factors and the high quality steel engravings, which have
been reproduced many times over the years in many books chronicling the
overland trek, have made the book quite rare and collectible .