Mormons Bog - En Beretning, Skreven Ved Mormons Haand Paa Tavler, Efter Nephis Tavler [Danish Book of Mormon]
Place Published: Copenhagen
Publisher: Ubgivet og forlagt af Erastus Snow
Date Published: 1851
Edition: First Danish edition
Book Id: 45032
568pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Beautifully rebound in 3/4 Brown Morocco over marbled boards. Title gilt stamped on the backstrip with raised bands and decorative stamped bands and decorations. New endsheets and pastedowns. Minor damp staining and foxing sporadically throughout.
The printing of the Book of Mormon in Danish in 1851 represents the first foreign language edition. One of 3,000 copies. According to Crawley: " The first foreign language edition of the Book of Mormon had its beginning in Nauvoo in 1845, when Peter O. Hansen commenced a translation of the Book into Danish. Five years later, three days after he had arrived in Copenhagen, Erastus Snow loaned Hansen's manuscript and a copy of the Book of Mormon in English to the Baptist minister Peter C. Monster, who judged the translation to be 'very imperfect,' and that September Snow directed Hansen to revise it. Subsequently he engaged a new Danish convert, a Miss Matthiesen, a teacher of French, German, and English, to correct the translation, but when Hansen complained that she was making the language to modern, Snow decided to collaborate himself with Hansen in revising the manuscript. Hansen claims in his autobiography that he spent five months on the translation in Nauvoo and seven months on it with Snow - suggesting that he and Snow began working together in November 1850.Snow had spent most of October in England, where he had borrowed 200 pounds from the Millennial Star office and had obtained a promise of donations totaling 70 pounds from two British elders, and before the end of the year he contracted with F.E. Bording to print 3,000 copies." Flake/Draper 705. Jacobs 55.B. Crawley 574. Auerbach 1181. Sabin 83115.