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THE BOOK OF MORMON. TRANSLATED BY JOSEPH SMITH, JR
Nauvoo, Il.: Stearns...Cincinnati, Ohio, 1840. 12mo. Contemporary sheep, neatly rebacked, original gilt spine laid down, green leather label. Small section at bottom of spine repaired. Corners lightly worn. Titlepage repaired in gutter. Very good, internally clean. Scarce third edition, first state of THE BOOK OF MORMON, published by Ebenezer Robinson and Don Carlos Smith, younger brother of Joseph Smith. This work was actually printed in Cincinnati, despite the Nauvoo imprint. "By December 1839 the Book of Mormon was again out of print, and on the 29th the Nauvoo high council voted to publish a new edition under the supervision of the First Presidency as soon as funds could be raised" - Crawley. Robinson and Smith received permission from Joseph Smith to print 4,000 copies of the book, providing all the necessary funds themselves. The book was stereotyped and printed in Cincinnati, and is known to exist in three states, all printed from the same plates. The present copy is the first state as described by Crawley, who notes that the second and third states may be later impressions struck off in Nauvoo. This edition contains a significant number of revisions and corrections from the 1837 Kirtland second edition. Joseph Smith moved the Church to Kirtland, Ohio in 1831, after founding the movement in Palmyra, New York the previous year. The Church was headquartered in Kirtland until 1838, when Smith relocated to Missouri, and shortly thereafter to the small town of Commerce, Illinois, which Smith re-christened "Nauvoo." It was there that Joseph Smith met his untimely end in 1844, when he and his brother were killed by an angry mob of citizens from neighboring towns. The church remained centered in Nauvoo until 1846 when, amidst a growing sea of hostility, they fled west under the guidance of Brigham Young.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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