Hickman, Bill; Beadle, J. H. [expanatory notes]. Brigham's Destroying Angel: being the Life, Confession, and Startling Discourses of the notorious Bill Hickman, The Danite Chief of Utah; Written by himself, with explanatory notes by J. H. Beadle, Esq., Of Salt Lake City. New York: Geo. A. Crofutt, 1872. First Edition.
Green cloth stamped in black & gilt, portrait & facsimile signature in gilt on front, 5 1/4 x 7 inches, small private ink name stamp on top closed page edge, small paper former owner's address label on ffep, blotchy patch from removed bookplate on front paste-down. 219 pp. plus 5 pp. adverts. Binding a tad wrinkled and soiled, frontispiece of Hickman plus a dozen or more full page illustrations. Good. Hardcover. 
Howes H465; Flake 3990; Graff 1879. The edition of 1904 printed in Salt Lake City is no. 981 in Adams, Six-Guns and Saddle Leather: A Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets on Western Outlaws and Gunmen.
William Adams Hickman (1815-1883), b. Warren Co., KY; d. Lander, Wyoming. He encountered Mormonism in 1832 as the new sect passed his farm in Ohio on their way to Missouri, and was a convert by 1838; he was one of the last defenders of Nauvoo while the Mormons evacuated the city in 1846. A violent frontiersmen, Hickman is reputed to have been a member of the Danites, vigilantes operating with the approval of Brigham Young. He saw himself as a soldier, or appointed lawman, for the Mormons. He led wagon trains and frontier postal routes, and served in many capacities in Utah (including as sheriff), as an underling to Young. A skilled fighter, he was a leader in the Utah War, burning Ft. Bridger and supply trains of the Federal Army. A polygamist, he had ten wives, although nine of them left him when he was excommunicated by the LDS Church in 1868 - the cause Hickman records as refusing to carry out an assassination ordered by Brigham Young.
The compiler, or ghost-writer, John Hanson Beadle (1840-1897), born in Indiana, journalist and author. Beadle was a private with the 31st Indiana Infantry (1861-62), then studied law at the State University of Michigan, graduating in 1867. He practiced one year, then took up journalism, writing for the Cincinnati Commercial, and then went West for eight years, for some time as editor of the Salt Lake Reporter, and writing several books about Utah and the untamed West. In 1869 he nearly lost his life, having been beaten by a mob of Mormons outside the Probate Court at Brigham City. His offense was his published exposés of the corruption inherent in the Mormonism of the time. "Dr. Beadle's editorials, were free from all scurrilous abuse of the Mormons; tense and forcible; written in a clear, argumentative style, very damaging to Mormonism." - New York Tribune, Nov. 11, 1869, linked at utahgentilesdotcom.
This is a vivid, boisterous account of life on the western frontier during the early days of the Mormon experiment.