Apr 16, 2019 - Sale 2505

Sale 2505 - Lot 138

Price Realized: $ 41,600
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THE RARE CORRECTED STATE OF THE THIRD EUROPEAN EDITION (MORMONS.) Smith, Joseph; translator. Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates taken from the Plates of Nephi. 12mo, contemporary gilt morocco, moderate wear; lacking the front free endpaper, front flyleaf, half-title leaf, and the final index leaf A6, minimal foxing; all edges gilt; early owners' signatures on title page, page 59, and rear flyleaf. Liverpool: F.D. Richards, 1852

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Third European edition, and the first printed anywhere with numbered paragraphs. This is the rare second state, with "Moroni" following the long text on the title page, no colophon on verso of page 563 and other corrections. While 5,000 copies were printed of the first state, only 25 were printed of this corrected state, of which Crawley has traced only 4 surviving copies. The corrections were carried over to the later stereotyped editions issued from 1854 through 1877. "The 1852 Book of Mormon is a significant edition in that its stereotype plates were used for all of the Church's subsequent impressions before 1879"--Crawley 688. Flake 601; Sabin 83044; see also Larry Draper, "Book of Mormon Editions," in Uncovering the Original Text of the Book of Mormon, pages 39-44.