Selections from the Book of Mormon in the Deseret Alphabet. Deseret Alphabet.

Selections from the Book of Mormon in the Deseret Alphabet

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 blue paper of the boards is darkened near the joints, and the extremities are lightly rubbed. There are thin losses from the spine ends. There is a dampstain along the top edge of the rear board measuring approx. 2 inches wide by 1 inch deep. The pages are extremely clean and bright. The first portion of the Book of Mormon printed in the Deseret Alphabet. Very good. Item #62171

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.

Price: $300.00

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