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The Book of Mormon

by Smith, Joseph [Translator]

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Nauvoo, IL: Printed by Robinson and Smith, Stereotyped by Shepard and Stearns, 1840. Third Edition. Very Good. [iv], [7]-571, [2] pp. 8vo. Third edition, first state with unbroken "e" in "spake" on page 9, line 23, with testimony of the three witnesses on page [572], and testimony of the eight witnesses on page [573]. Bound in contemporary calf with morocco title label to spine lettered in gilt, spine ruled in gilt. Shallow wear to crown, front joint expertly repaired, faint stray graphite marks to top textblock edge; modern ownership rubber stamp to front free endpaper; ownership of "Jacob Chandler, Book, 4th month 11th, 1841, Price 1.25" on verso of preface page, and Chandler's name inked again on the verso of the "Testimony of Eight Witnesses" page. Contents toned and browned throughout. Chandler is likely a member of the Quaker family prominent in Chester County, Pennsylvania. One of about 2,000 copies (of 4,000 total) of the last edition to be edited by Joseph Smith. Published by Ebenezer Robinson and Don Carlos Smith, the latter of whom was the younger brother of Joseph Smith.


The Book of Mormon is a collection of writings by ancient prophets and their record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. The text originally appeared on a series of golden tablets that were translated by Joseph Smith. Smith testified that the translation was accomplished “by the gift and power of God,” as he knew no ancient languages at the time, and that he was instructed by God to provide the rendering of these documents into the English language to restore “Christ's true church in the latter days.” In this, Smith became known as the founder and First Prophet of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Divided into smaller books and subdivided into chapters and verses, The Book of Mormon notes a number of distinctive doctrinal discussions on subjects such as the fall of Adam and Eve, judgment, salvation, and the organization of the latter day church; however, one more distinguishing event of the book is the appearance of Jesus Christ in the Americas following his resurrection in Jerusalem.

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On Jul 17 2019, a reader said:
Seller writes: Possibly missing the front free end page as the first page begins with: "A Few Interesting Book of Mormon References" Having the above "references" signify a later print date. It's a 1920 Copyright Edition but not a 1920 print or first edition. Most probably printed middle to late 1940s.

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The Book of Mormon
Smith, Joseph [Translator]
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Third Edition
Printed by Robinson and Smith, Stereotyped by Shepard and Stearns
Place of Publication
Nauvoo, IL
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Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
First State
used in book collecting to refer to a book from the earliest run of a first edition, generally distinguished by a change in some...
Calf or calf hide is a common form of leather binding. Calf binding is naturally a light brown but there are ways to treat the...
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...

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