Salt Lake City, UT: George Q. Cannon & Sons Co. 1891. Sixth Edition. Leather bound. 232pp. Duodecimo [18.5 cm] Dark brown grained leather with blind stamped borders and gilt title on backstrip. Very good. Backstrip faded. Item #23037
A very nice leather edition. Orson Spencer served twelve years in the Baptist ministry before converting to Mormonism in 1841. The following year William Crowell, an acquaintance and the editor of the Baptist Christian Watchman, wrote to him, asking about his new religion. Crowell's letter and Spencer's response were published in the Times and Seasons of January 2, 1843, and in the Millennial Star that June and July. In May, he began a series of eleven additional letters to Crowell, which he printed in the Star and simultaneously issued in individual tracts. The following January, he published the twelve letters with two others in hardback under the title Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints -the first of the major works, which unifies Mormon theology and hence is one of Mormonism's most important books. Before the end of the century, Spencer's Letter's went through six more editions. Flake/Draper 8332.