Lot 141SMITH, JOSEPH
The Book of Mormon: An Account written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates taken from the Plates of Nephi. Palmyra: Printed by E. B. Grandin, for the Author, 1830. First edition. Modern buckram with gilt lettering to spine, all edges gilt. 7 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches (18.5 x 11 cm); 588  pp., retains Testimony leaf at end, the preface two pages, without index (inserted in later issues). Light foxing to title, final leaf and occasionally throughout, a small tab to gutter margin of preface leaf, very small ink stain to lower corner of p. 480-82, a 1 inch tear into final leaf repaired with tape, stamps to modern endpapers, residue from old spine labels, internally a clean and unmarked copy .
First edition of The Book of Mormon, the only edition to list the then just twenty-five year old Joseph Smith as its author rather than translator. This copy retains the leaf printing the testimony of those witnesses who claimed to "have seen the engravings which are upon the plates," or the original gold tablets of Nephi from which Smith drew the text. The manuscript "was delivered a few pages at a time to the typesetter, who supplied all the punctuation and paragraphing" (Crawley and Flake) and Egbert B. Grandin, publisher of the Wayne Sentinel, printed the edition of approximately 5000 copies. The book was published on March 26, just weeks before the formal organization of The Church of Christ on April 6, 1830, and very soon after Smith and the Mormons abandoned Palmyra, New York for Kirtland, Ohio (see the next lot). Howes S623; Crawley 1; Flake 595; Grolier Hundred 37; Sabin 83038; Streeter Sale 2262; AI 579.
Sold for $50,000
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