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The Millennium, and Other Poems: To Which is Annexed, a Treatise on the Regeneration and Eternal Duration of Matter
New York: Printed by W. Molineaux, 1840. Second edition. 148pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Original decorative black cloth with the title gilt stamped on the front board. Volume has been rebacked to match the original. Tissue repairs to the joints. Sporadic foxing throughout. This copy is Ex-libris Sutcliffe Maudsley with his signature at the foot of the title page. Early Mormon poetry containing the first printing of this treatise at the rear that would have a profound influence on Mormon thinking. Peter Crawley states: "The importance of the book, however lies in the essay 'The Regeneration and Eternal Duration of Matter.' It is Parley's second prison essay composed, as he explains in the preface, more 'to comfort and console myself and friends when death stared me in the face, than as an argumentative or philosophical production for the instruction of others.' Its concepts were certainly discussed in Kirtland years before; hints of them occur in the Messenger and Advocate and in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants. But here, explicitly for the first time, were such ideas as: matter and spirit can neither be created nor annihilated; the world was not created ex nihilo but organized out of existing matter: and God is bound by certain overriding principles. In short, Parley's essay announced that the 'omnis' of traditional Christianity did not apply to Mormonism." Crawley 63. Flake/Draper 6609
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