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MORMON CHURCH – SMITH JR, Joseph (1805-1844)
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MORMON CHURCH – SMITH JR, Joseph (1805-1844)

Mormons Bog [The Book of Mormon], in Danish. Copenhagen: Erastus Snow, 1851.

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MORMON CHURCH – SMITH JR, Joseph (1805-1844)
Mormons Bog [The Book of Mormon], in Danish. Copenhagen: Erastus Snow, 1851.
Rare first foreign-language edition of the Book of Mormon: WorldCat records just 4 copies in US institutions. At a general conference in 1845, President Brigham Young appointed Apostle Erastus Snow and Elder Peter Olsen Hansen to work on this Danish translation of the Book of Mormon, which would open up the text to non-English readers. Hansen was a native Dane and was to do the actual translation, while Snow was to guide Hansen and be responsible for the publication. Aided by an unnamed female Danish convert, the translation was finally completed in 1851 and printed in an edition of 3000 copies. 'Given the mutual comprehensibility of the Scandinavian languages in their written form, it served the entire Nordic region until the publication of a Swedish translation in 1878' (Allen and Ostman, p.536). ‘Mormons in the Nordic Region’, The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mormonism (2020).

Small octavo (155 x 90mm). (Very faint browning, minor staining at upper corner.) Contemporary half calf (endpapers renewed, lightly worn). Provenance: contemporary ownership inscription.
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