The Contributor, Representing the Young Men's and Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Associations of the Latter-Day Saints, Volume I
Place Published: Salt Lake City, Utah
Publisher: The Deseret News Printing and Publishing Establishment
Date Published: 1880
Edition: First edition, publisher's presentation copy
Book Id: 39775
SIGNED. 288pp. Octavo [23 cm] 3/4 brown leather with blue cloth covered boards, raised bands, and a gilt stamped title on the spine, and double gilt ruled lines on the spine on the covers. Good condition. The leather on the spine and at the corners is abraded. A piece of paper with the former owner's name has been glued to the front cover. There are multiple small dark patches on the edges of the endpapers, and the title page has a previous owner's name in pen. The text block is cracked at the contents page.
A presentation slip signed by Junius F. Wells, is mounted to the front free endsheet. Wells was the founding editor and publisher of The Contributor, an independent publication that sought to represent the YMMIA and the church's equivalent organization for young women. Wells continued in these roles until 1892, when the magazine was purchased by the Cannon family and Abraham H. Cannon took the leading role as the editor and publisher. The Contributor stopped being published in 1896.