Salt Lake City: Deseret University, 1868. First edition. Hardcover. 72pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Dark red cloth spine with tan and black illustrated paper covered boards. Very good. The spine and covers are soiled and lightly rubbed. The rear board is a bit stained. Small stain on the bottom edge of the rippled front pastedown. There is an old price sticker on the rear flyleaf. The rear pastedown is completely absent, exposing the underlying boards of the inside of the rear cover. The rear hinge has been reinforced. The binding cords are visible in the gutters of the margins. Internally, the pages are clean and bright. Despite the flaws, the book is still quite attractive. Flake: 2818. Item #29228
The Deseret Alphabet was introduced in 1854 and was created by Parley P. Pratt, Heber C. Kimball and George D. Watt. Made up of thirty-eight characters to correlate with basic sounds in the English language, the Deseret Alphabet was intended to be used to help simplify the principles of the English language. There were only four titles published using the Deseret Alphabet including: The Book of Mormon, The Deseret First Book, The Deseret Second Book and The Book of Nephi which comprises the first 116 pages of the Book of Mormon. By 1869, the Deseret Alphabet was abandoned altogether as the characters and words were considered by many Mormons to be difficult to distinguish.