Salt Lake City: Deseret University, 1868. First edition. Hardcover. 72pp. Slim duodecimo [19 cm] Blue cloth spine with tan and black pictorial paper over boards. Very good condition, with large areas of light staining on the covers. The underlying boards are peeking through at a couple of the the corners of the covers. The front endpaper is cracked along the hinge, and the preliminary and terminal pages are foxed. Else, the pages are clean, and the book is sturdy. Flake: 2818. Item #45959
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.