The Prophet of Palmyra: Mormonism Received and Examined in the Life, Character, and Career of its Founder, from "Cumorah Hill" to Carthage Jail and the Desert. Together with a complete history of the Mormon era in Illinois, and an exhaustive investigatio
Place Published: New York
Publisher: John B. Alden
Date Published: 1890
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 4470
552pp. Octavo [19.5 cm] Original blue cloth with a decorative black stamped border to the front board. Title stamped in black on the front board, title gilt stamped on backstrip. Very good. Light overall rubbing to boards. Gentle sunning to backstrip. Minor bumping to corners. Name in ink (contemporary) on the front pastedown and again on the title page.
The first and only edition of this book. Frontis portrait of Joseph Smith and ten other illustrations. A nice copy of an important Mormon work that is uncommon. The author lived in Warsaw for a time and edited the Warsaw Message [Signal] for a year. The Warsaw Message was an anti-Mormon paper based in Warsaw, Illinois (ten miles south of Nauvoo) and it's editorial stance can be summed up with the following passage that appeared in the June 14th 1844 paper: "the Prophet [Smith] and his miscreant adherents, should ... be demanded at their [the Latter Day Saints'] hands, and if not surrendered, a war of extermination should be waged to the entire destruction, if necessary for our protection, of his adherents." "Many books have been written on the subject of MORMONISM; some of them honest, trustworthy, and valuable; others, sensational and unreliable; and still more, utterly unworthy. Yet not withstanding all this, the great Christian public in America and abroad remains to-day strangely indifferent to, and ignorant of, the origin, character, and purposes of this miserable fraud." - from the preface. Flake/Draper 3719. Howes G404.