Posted July 10, 2013
I am a discoverer and preservationist of legendary and priceless, and
often unrecognized and undervalued, sacred Mormon relics. My
friends call me the
of Mormonism, seeking out things not quite equal to the Ark of the Covenant
and the Holy Grailbut maybe like Joseph Smith
own document file and his own copies of the Mormon scriptures,
letters between his Book of Mormon witnesses, a sun-stone from the old
Mormon temple in Illinois, a map of the Far West village that Joseph carried in
his pocket, or paintings of
Joseph made from life.
In the course of this immersion experience, I
a serious private
collector and church purchaser, responsible for buying $25 million in church library, archives, and museum holdings
50,000 items. By 2013, I purchased over 100 copies of the first edition Book
of Mormon, 25 copies of the first Doctrine and Covenants, seven copies of
the first Mormon hymn book, and four copies of the Book of Commandments;
as well as hundreds of other books printed before 1844. I have now been
acquainted with Mormonism for 41 years, a student of Mormon history for
34 years, buying rare Mormon books for 31 years, had the
worlds largest private collection for over
20 years, and have been buying books on this Mormonism.com site for 17 years.
Although I do not hold myself out as a dealer, I have on occasion helped to acquire items for other high-end collectors; and freely advise both buyers and sellers on items valued $5,000 and up made before 1880. If you are interested in either buying or selling an 1830 Book of Mormon, or any other rare edition of any Mormon scripture, sacred hymns, newspapers, or tracts printed before 1880, or any similar quality artwork or artifact, please call or email me for free help or an evaluation.
My collection strengths are the Joseph Smith Sr. family and Mormon origins (1791-1860), Joseph Smith Sr. experiential sites in Vermont and along the Erie Canal and Susquehanna in New York and Pennsylvania, early Mormon gathering sites (New York, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan), the first Mormon temples (Zion, Far West, Kirtland, and Nauvoo), Mormon scriptures and hymn books (1830-1871), Mormons in early news (1816-1856), the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith (1844), Mormon presidential succession, (1844-1877), Mormons on the Great Lakes (1831-1856), graphic images of early Mormon scenes (1834-1904), early Mormon art (especially Sutcliffe Maudsley and David W. Rogers), and early Mormon b&w photography (1844-1939).
I am a responsible collector, paying generously and ethically for rare books, having them properly restored and conserved, and making my collection open to the public and viewable online. I am interested in faithfully preserving the cultural history of the early Mormons. This is my home page dedicated to the acquisition and conservation of rare Mormon books, art, artifacts, graphic images, and autograph documentsparticularly high-end items, those valued at $5,000 and up,
made during the first 50 years of Mormonism (1830-1880). I built this site to discover more rarities with the help of people like you.
Even though my collection has been featured in all of the principal Utah newspapers,
referred to often by the Associated Press in articles
appearing in 500 newspapers, and covered in USA Today and on CNN, few people know how to find me. I am hoping that this site will help.
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