The book of Mormon: an account written by the hand of Mormon, upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi.

The book of Mormon: an account written by the hand of Mormon, upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi.

Smith, Joseph, Jr.

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Place Published: Palmyra, NY
Publisher: E.B. Grandin
Date Published: 1830
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 47893


588 pp. Octavo [18.5 cm]; original brown calf boards with gilt rules and a black leather label on the backstrip. Lacking the rear blank endsheet. The usual sporadic foxing throughout. Name in ink on the front pastedown. Name in pencil on the rear pastedown.


Printed in an edition of five thousand copies by Egbert B. Grandin in upstate New York. Printing took place between August 1829 and March 1830, in the Grandin building that Egbert rented from his brother, Philip.Before the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon was officially published, sections were being printed in a local Palmyra newspaper called The Reflector. The newspaper was run by Abner Cole who used the pseudonym "Obediah Dogberry." After some discussion, Joseph Smith finally convinced Cole to stop his piracy of the book. This "preprinting" of excerpts from the book caused non-Mormons some concern about the doctrines of the Mormon church, and thus, began the initial persecution of the Mormons themselves. The 1830 first edition book of Mormon includes many variant copies with printing errors in pagination and spelling. Part of the reason for these variants may be explained by the fact that Joseph Smith used several scribes when writing the book. The scribes included: his wife, Emma Hale Smith, his brother-in-law, Reuben Hale, Martin Harris and Oliver Cowdery. According to Peter Crawley "…it is possible that very few copies of the book exist which are entirely identical."A highly sought after book by historical, religious and Mormon book collectors alike. Crawley I: 1. Flake/Draper 595. Bibliothica Scallawagiana 230. Howes S 631. Mormon 50: 1. Auerbach 1168. Sabin 83088.

By This Author: Smith, Joseph, Jr.
By This Publisher: E.B. Grandin