Jun 21, 2016 - Sale 2420

Sale 2420 - Lot 209

Price Realized: $ 1,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(MORMONS.) [Spalding, Lyman; editor.] Plain Truth. Volume I, #26; and Volume II, #1-25. [186]-192, 200 pages. 8vo, contemporary 1/2 calf, moderate wear; foxing; early inscriptions on front endpapers. Canandaigua, NY, 21 February 1823 to 1 March 1824

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Plain Truth was a controversial periodical opposed to the mainstream Christian establishment and its missionaries. It was published in Canandaigua, NY, a few miles from Smith's home in Palmyra, and one scholar has noted common threads with Smith's theology (see Persuitte, Joseph Smith and the Origins of The Book of Mormon, pages 130-2). Oliver Cowdery, later one of the three witnesses to the Book of Mormon, may have worked as a printer for Plain Truth in 1823. Sabin 63242; none known at auction since the 1880 Brinley sale.