Moon's Rare Books - Dallas
First Edition BOOK OF MORMON  ALL ORIGINAL
The Book of Mormon: an account written by the hand of Mormon, upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi. [18 lines] By Joseph Smith, junior, author and proprietor. Palmyra: Printed by E. B. Grandin, for the author. 1830. iv-588  pp. 18.5 cm.
In 1829, Joseph Smith made plans to print the Book of Mormon. He contacted a local newspaper publisher and bookstore owner in Palmyra, New York named E. B. Grandin. Mr. Grandin agreed to print 5,000 copies for $3,000. Martin Harris, a friend of Joseph Smith, mortgaged his farm to acquire the funds for the printing of the Book of Mormon.
The 1830 first edition Book of Mormon was originally bound in brown calf, plain except for the seven double bands in gilt on the spine with a black leather label stamped in gilt with "BOOK OF MORMON". The end sheets are of the same paper as the text. The copyright notice appears on the verso of the title page. A preface (pp. [iii]-iv) explains the loss of the initial 116 pages of manuscript and the revelation of Joseph Smith not to retranslate that part but to begin with the plates of Nephi. Only the 1830 edition has this preface. Pages 5-588 contain the main text, and the testimonies of the three and of the eight witnesses occur on both sides of the leaf following page 588. (Crawley, A Descriptive Bibliography of the Mormon Church, Vol. 1 pg. 31)
This is an above average copy of the Book of Mormon. Of the original 5,000 copies, as few as 500 have survived. I have either seen, handled or owned over 165 of these surviving copies. Based on the vast number of copies that I have seen and handled, I would consider this one of the 100 finest surviving copies. I would rate the exterior of this copy an "8" on a "1-10" scale--and the interior a "7". The binding, text and title page are all original. There is moderate foxing throughout and some damp staining at the beginning and end of the book (see photos). This book can be handled and read. It is housed in a nice protective leather clam shell. Please feel free to ask any questions. Best regards, Reid Moon MOON'S RARE BOOKS
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