8 December 2015
SMITH, Joseph (1805-1844). The Book of Mormon… Carefully revised by the Translator. Nauvoo, Ill.: Printed by Robinson and Smith, Stereotyped by Shepard and Stearns, West 3rd St. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1840.
12° (143 x 87 mm). Contemporary sheep (rebacked, some rubbing). Provenance: Nathan Randolph, Ohio, 1842 (ownership inscription on front free endpaper).
Third edition, first state (unbroken text on page 9, Testimony printed on verso of p. 572, without the index leaves issued in 1841). Approximately 4,000 copies were printed (2000 in the first state), a smaller print run than the 1830 first edition. The publishers were Ebenezer Robinson, and Don Carlos Smith, the youngest brother of the prophet. The printing and binding were done in Cincinnati under the supervision of Mr. Robinson. The Book of Mormon is Joseph Smith's translation of the golden tablets revealed to him by the angel Moroni in the hill of "cumorah" near Manchester, New York. The text was dictated by Smith to Oliver Cowdery, who served as scribe and who testified, along with David Whitmer and Martin Harris, to the existence of the golden tablets. Crawley 83; Flake 597; Crawley & Flake, A Mormon Fifty 1 (first edition); Howes S-623; Sabin 83040.
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