Bethany, VA: Printed and Published by the Editor, 1831. First edition. Leather bound. 574+48pp. Octavo [20 cm] in 3/4 leather over marbled boards. Good only. Boards rubbed, corners rubbed through, leather splitting at joints, backstrip split at tail, ink stamps on fore edge, notes in pencil on front free endsheet, foxed throughout. Item #51369
Contains the first printing of Campbell's "Delusions." Delusions is the important first printed article on Mormonism in book form, reprinted in pamphlet form as the first anti-Mormon tract in 1832. "Campbellites" is a term to describe adherents of the beliefs derived from the American Restoration Movement [Baptist]. This was a rival (to the Mormons) religious movement in Ohio in the 1830's. They were called the "Campbellites", because one of the most prominent leaders was Alexander Campbell. Many Campbellites left the fold to join the Mormons, including Sidney Rigdon and Parley P. Pratt. Scallawagiana 3.