NP, 1957. Fourth edition. Pamphlet. 47pp + photos. Wraps creased, chipped. Inscribed at rear.
Oddly enough for someone who would forever be tied to sailing, DeVere Baker was born in Tremonton, Utah. His life had followed a normal Mormon course: family and job, along with a calling as bishop. But then he was gripped with the quest to prove that the account of Lehi's ocean voyage in the Book of Mormon was completely plausible.
He launched his first raft—after selling virtually everything the family owned—in 1954 and nearly drowned. He would go on to build four more creations, all named Lehi, and document their struggles. Along the way, he dabbled in fiction. Penning what one reader described as a "unique combination of science-fiction and Mormon theology, he authored several stories focused on a beautiful alien girl named 'Quetara.' A human scientist is kidnapped by her crew and falls in love with her, learning in the process how God came to be, billions of years previously, and how evolution allowed the endless variation of species to develop on each world in a grand, perpetual Cosmic experiment overseen and controlled by Deity. A subtext of this was ostensibly good latter-day doctrine—that countless other worlds, including, of course, the wise and alluring Quetara's own planet, were inhabited by people just like us."
This unusual pamphlet is the first attempt by Baker to document either his raft voyages or his fictional accounts. Condition: Near very good. Item #34459