My future vacation home is in Jackson County, Missouri,
this rarest Mormon book was printed.
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library, archives, and museum is open to any researcher by
appointment. I am also working
endlessly to get the most important parts of my collection online
in PDF format. I have a site entitled iNephi.com
which has the first edition Book of Mormon viewable online. I
have reprinted more than one hundred
faithful books published during the lifetime of Joseph Smith.
As of 2012, I have purchased
25,000 books and other Mormon items.
I am qualified and interested in purchasing anything that you offer to me. I have listed a selection from
the more important
books and museum-quality artifacts that I have bought or sold
over the years�these are
examples of high-end items (those valued at $5,000 and up).
Book of Mormon
The 1830 (Palmyra, N.Y.) Book of Mormon,
approximately 80 copies, including
three with the exceedingly rare References supplement, one signed by Joseph Smith
Jr., one belonging to the Joseph Smith Jr.
family, one signed personal copy of Hyrum Smith handed down in a
slave family, one belonging to bishop Newel K. Whitney, one in treed calf,
and one bound in Kirtland, Ohio. Every copy of this book is unique and I
am seeking additional copies.
The 1837 (Kirtland, Ohio) Book of Mormon,
approximately 20 copies, including one belonging to the witness Hiram Page,
two bound in ornate red morocco as a presentation by
Oliver Cowdery to his family, one copy belonging to Joseph Smith, some copies in treed calf, and many
other copies including some in a deluxe binding with tiny gold Kirtland
trumpet devices stamped on the
The 1840 (Nauvoo, Ill.) Book of Mormon,
approximately 40 copies, including one owned
by Luck Mack Smith, one signed by Nauvoo bishop George Miller,
and copies representing more than three different printings from
Cincinnati and Nauvoo.
The 1841 (Liverpool, England) Book of Mormon,
approximately 40 copies, including one belonging to Lucy Mack Smith in a presentation binding,
and other presentation copies.
The 1842 (Nauvoo, Ill.) Book of Mormon,
approximately 20 copies, including a copy from Emma Hale Smith.
A fine selection of Books of
Mormon from 1849, and the 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s, including a fine copy
signed by Brigham Young, a copy of the first Utah edition, and a copy of
the first Smith family edition from Plano, Ill. with a red-line border
on the title page.
Doctrine and Covenants
A Book of Commandments
(Zion: 1833), four copies.
The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants (Kirtland, Ohio),
approximately 25 copies, including four in
presentation bindings, one signed and annotated by Sidney Rigdon,
another by David Whitmer,
one belonging to Joseph Smith, and the fourth in an Oliver Cowdery family presentation binding in full red
morocco; and many other copies in plain brown sheep or treed calf
including a second Smith copy handed down in the family.
The 1844 Doctrine and Covenants
(Nauvoo, Ill.), approximately 10 copies.
The 1845 Doctrine and Covenants
(Nauvoo, Ill.), approximately 10 copies.
The 1846 Doctrine and Covenants
(Nauvoo, Ill.), approximately 10 copies.
A fine selection of copies of the
Doctrine and Covenants from 1845 through the 1850s, 1860s, and 1870,
printed in Liverpool England, up through a copy of the first Utah
The 1835 Mormon
Sacred Hymns (Kirtland, Ohio), seven
copies, including one in an Oliver Cowdery family presentation
binding in full red morocco, in the finest condition known for this book.
The 1841 Mormon Sacred Hymns
(Nauvoo, Ill.), three copies.
A selection of other significant but obscure Mormon hymn books from the 1830s,
1840s, 1850s, including one by David W. Rogers (New York: 1838), and the
first with musical notes by Little-Gardner (Bellows Falls, Vermont: 1844),
and many others
by obscure leaders including one by John Hardy, one by Benjamin Elsworth, and one by Charles A. Adams; and two by the church led by James J.
Strang (1849 and 1850); and from the 1860s, one printed by William Bickerton,
one printed in Kirtland, Ohio, and
printed by Emma Smith after the death of her husband.
James J. Strangs Book of the Law of the Lord, the first edition of 80 pages (only
200 copies printed), published in 1851; a copy of the 1856 edition of 336 pages in uncut
sheets, and a finely bound copy belonging to his family; and a broadside representation of his Voree Plates.
The Pearl of Great Price, many copies of the first edition (1851), including several in
original salmon colored wrappers.
Many copies of the first edition Holy Scriptures�The Joseph Smith Translation
(JST)�imprinted by Joseph Smiths family (Plano, Ill.: 1867), including several in
presentation bindings, one in a deluxe red morocco binding, one in
wrappers; one deluxe copy belonging to Joseph Smith III, and several New Testaments (Plano, Ill.: 1867) bound
separately, including one with marbled endpapers and marbled edges.
The Holy Bible from Cooperstown, New York, 1828, the
same edition used by Joseph Smith while translating the Book of Mormon
and the Bible.
Early church newspapers including the
Independence and Kirtland edition of the
Evening and Morning
Star; all three volumes of the Kirtland Messenger and Advocate; the exceptionally rare
Journal from the vanished town of Far West, Missouri, belonging to Samuel H.
Smith; issues of the Times and Seasons signed by Brigham Young
and Newel K. Whitney, several complete
sets of all six volumes, and rare July 1839 state of the
first number; the editors copy of the
Millennial Star from
England and volume one in unique printed wrappers; issues of the New York
and New York Mormon; and the New-York Messenger
(the only complete bound volume, including an Extra and a
previously unknown 22nd number), and the
known only set of the Gospel Reflector in original
Newspapers from all the divergent leaders, including
George M. Hinckle�s Ensign, Sidney Rigdons Messenger
and Advocate, James C. Brewsters Olive Branch, James J. Strangs Northern
Islander (the only extant bound run), the most complete extant set of Voree
and Gospel Heralds, Charles B. Thompsons Baneemys Organ, the
rare first complete volume of Brigham Youngs Deseret News, the early volumes of
Joseph Smith IIIs Saints Herald in
wrappers, and Granville Hedricks Truth
Teller; and an 1844 issue of the New York Weekly Herald with
engravings of the assassination of Joseph Smith.
Historic polemical pamphlets, including the first anti-Mormon pamphlet (Alexander
Campbells Delusions, 1832); the first anti-polygamy pamphlet (the only
known copy of Oliver Olneys Spiritual Wifery); the first Temple expos�
(Increase Van Deusens Mormon Endowment, Albany, 1847, in wrappers).
Rare broadsides from the 1840s, some unique in the Mormon bibliographies, and some
of those unique ones printed in early frontier Nauvoo.
Rare pamphlets such as the Voice of Truth, published by Joseph Smith at
Nauvoo; his Reply to James A. Bennet; and an 1844 pamphlet about his martyrdom;
Parley P. Pratts Millennium and Other Poems, and the first two editions of
Pratts Voice of Warning (1837 and 1839).
The only known copy of Joseph Smiths first vision in wrappers (Orson Pratts Interesting
Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840), which
was incidentally signed by apostle John E. Page.
All three of John E. Pages Gospel Tracts, numbered 1-3, (1847).
An uncut copy of James J. Strangs Prophetic Controversy (Beaver Island,
1856); and a complete set of his other major Voree and Beaver Island pamphlets all in
wrappers, such as his Diamond, Catholic Discussion, Michilimackinac,
and Epistles of Oliver Cowdery.
Documents signed by Joseph Smith Jr., Oliver Cowdery, James Sloan (Hyrum Smiths
clerk), W. W. Phelps, Brigham Young, and others.
A letter from Brigham Young giving his sympathies to the family of a victim of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
The original indictment of Joseph Smith Jr. for theft in Missouri.
The official Nauvoo court Mormon record book from 1837-1841.
The Nauvoo court record book of Joseph Smith III, 1850s and 1860s.
The Chronicles of Voree, a rare manuscript record in the hand of James J. Strang.
Manuscript depositions from the Order of Enoch trial held in Voree, Wisconsin.
A collection of postmarks from Nauvoo, Illinois in the
1840s, plus a collection of postmarks from Palmyra, New York in 1830.
Various manuscript collections of minor Mormon groups, including the collection of
Warren Post with correspondence of other Mormons at Kirtland, Nauvoo, Voree, Beaver Island, and Council Bluffs; the papers of
Wingfield Watson, and the diaries of Edward Chidester.
The photo album of Julia Murdock Smith, the sister of the prophet, with
carte-de-visite images of the wife and each of the children of Joseph Smith.
collection of a neighbor of the children of Joseph Smith, who had rare
images of all of the Smith family including unique portraits of the sisters
of Joseph Smith.
The Sutcliffe Maudsley family collection with the
majority of extant Maudsley images of Nauvoo residents, including William
Smith, the brother of the prophet.
A Sutcliffe Maudsley painting of Emma Smith
and little Alexander Smith, painted in 1842, from the family of
Alexander Smith, the son of Joseph.
The Book of Mormon belonging to
Sutcliffe Maudsley, containing his original first image of Joseph Smith from
which all other profiles were made.
A Sutcliffe Maudsley painting of
Joseph Smith holding a red
A collection of significant Sutcliffe Maudsley
high detail steel engravings
of Joseph Smith Jr., printed in 1842, 1847, and 1860;
plus a collection of early Maudsley woodcuts from 1844 to 1845.
Early b&w photographs of two Maudlsey
paintings of Joseph and Hyrum Smith which are no longer extant.
A piece of Staffordshireware made in
England in 1847 with Sutcliffe Maudsley images of Joseph and Hyrum Smith and
the Nauvoo temple.
A full-color needlepoint sampler of
the New Jerusalem Temple at Jackson County, Missouri, as it was planned in
1831, made by a Mormon girl living in Nauvoo in 1842.
A painting by the Nauvoo artist David
W. Rogers of his grandchildren playing at Winter Quarters.
A pastel chalk drawing of Joseph Smith Jr. from the family of Katharine Salisbury, the
sister of Joseph.
Two 1848 pencil sketches of the Nauvoo temple by Seth Eastman.
Early oil paintings of Nauvoo, Ill. by Lane K. Newberry.
The original daguerreotype of James J. Strang.
A tintype of the young sons of
Joseph Smith Jr.
A collection of cabinet cards and albumens of
Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph Smith Jr., Hyrum
Smith, William Smith, Catharine Smith, Emma Smith, Joseph Smith III,
James J. Strang, and numerous other early church
The earliest known photographs of the Kirtland temple, taken
fifteen years earlier than any other known photographs.
A collection of albumens, and a complete set of 29 stereo views of Nauvoo homes that are no longer standing.
A collection of photographs taken by
the Joseph Smith family in the 1800s at Palmyra and Kirtland.
A collection of lantern plates of the first Mormon temple in Kirtland, Ohio, and other
scenes of historical sites and people including some taken in Nauvoo, Far West, and other
A collection of b&w photographs
printed on postcard paper of early church
scenes, taken 1900-1915, particularly Kirtland, Ohio; and Nauvoo, Illinois.
A collection of original prints of scenes from contemporary Kirtland and Nauvoo, including
important images of the Temples; and, as an example, an otherwise unknown scene of Joseph
Smith Jr. leaping from the Carthage Jail.
Fragments from the Egyptian cloth used on the Joseph
Smith mummies of the Book of Abraham.
Joseph Smith Jr.s red brick store sign, advertising tea and coffee with other dry
The chandelier from the Joseph Smith council room where the first Relief Society
meetings and first secret endowments were held.
A moon-stone from a pilaster base of the Nauvoo temple.
A sun-stone piece (or trumpet-stone) from a pilaster capital of the Nauvoo temple.
Joseph Smith Jr.s hunting rifle, and his watch fob
A piece of the chain that held Joseph Smith Jr. in Liberty Jail, and the jail bars from
A collection of Kirtland bank notes (some in uncut sheets), anti-bank notes, and Nauvoo House stock
certificates, including money signed by Joseph Smith Jr., Sidney Rigdon, George Miller,
Mormon furniture such as letter boxes and tool chests, including a trunk
belonging to Lyman Wight, and boxes from Beaver Island.
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