New York: Published for The Deseret University, 1869. First edition. Leather bound. 116pp. Octavo [22.5 cm] 1/4 bonded blue leather with printed blue and black paper over boards. The extremities are a bit rubbed, toned, and stained. The boards are very slightly warped. Internally fine and bright. The first portion of the Book of Mormon printed in the Deseret Alphabet. Very good. Item #57349
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. The creation of the language is one the more unusual ideas of Brigham Young, and never was embraced in the way he thought it would be. The Deseret Alphabet was quickly abandoned shortly after Young's death. Flake/Draper 608. Jacobs 86.Bs.