Poultney, VT: Smith & Shute, 1825. Second edition, improved and enlarged. Leather bound. 285pp. Duodecimo [18 cm] Original full calf with a red leather label on the backstrip. Very good. Light rubbing to the extremities of the boards. Minor sporadic foxing throughout. Item #27027
This work describes Reverend Smith's belief that the American Indians were direct descendants of the lost tribes of Israel. This claim would be mirrored by Joseph Smith five years later with the printing of the Book of Mormon. This is the second edition of View of the Hebrews, which some believe Smith used to write the Book of Mormon. Claims of plagiarism were leveled at Joseph Smith at the time, which he denied. This work is the most famous of all Mormon parallels.
In the early twentieth century Elder B.H. Roberts compared 'The Book of Mormon' and 'The View of the Hebrews' (Roberts book on the subject was withheld for decades before finally being published in 1985), and his thoughts show an openness and candor one might not expect, going so far as to label his research "troubling" and "embarrassing." Mormon Parallels 399.