Liverpool: Printed by J. Tompkins, for Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and Parley P. Pratt. By order of the translator, 1841. First European Edition. Leather bound. 643pp. Sextodecimo [14 cm] 3/4 brown leather with black cloth over boards, a hubbed gilt-tooled spine, and an added silver clasp. Black leather spine label with "The Book of Mormon" stamped in gilt. All edges gilt. The extremities are moderately rubbed, the boards are a bit bent, where the silver clasp has been applied, and the cloth on the boards is slightly rippled. There are occasional minor tidemarks in the margins of the pages at the beginning. Very good. Item #55061
This edition of the Book of Mormon was the first printed outside of the United States and the fourth overall. In A Descriptive Bibliography of the Mormon Church, Peter Crawley states that, "the 1841 edition is an important link in the genealogy of the Book of Mormon." The 1841 printing was a faithful reprint of the 1837 Kirtland edition. With the exception of the two Nauvoo editions, all subsequent Book of Mormon editions in English descend from this 1841 Liverpool edition. This is the first Book of Mormon to include an index.
At a Conference in the spring of 1840, Heber C. Kimball, Brigham Young, and Parley P. Pratt were tasked with securing a copyright and printing the first British edition. The three men quickly took to their charges and within three weeks Young asked Smith's permission to begin printing. The men hired John Tompkins to print five thousand copies. Tompkins finished the job in January 1841. Twenty copies were immediately sent to Heber C. Kimball and Wilford Woodruff who were laboring in London at the time. The two promptly (the same day in fact) secured copyright at Stationers' Hall and deposited five copies. Mormon Imprints 12. Crawley 98. Flake/Draper 598.