Liverpool: Published by F.D. Richards, 1852. Third European Edition. 563pp. Sextodecimo [16 cm] Original black sheep with decorative floral blind stamping to the boards. Title gilt on backstrip. Subtle repair work to hinges and backstrip. Better than very good. Attractive copy that presents well. Item #6491
The 1852 Book of Mormon is a significant edition in that its stereotype plates were used for all the Church's subsequent impressions before 1879. Franklin D. Richards contracted with the London printer William Bowden on May 29, 1851, to print 5,000 copies of the book, including the stereotyping. By August 24 he had corrected the proof for the fourth 36-page sheet, and by Christmas Day he had corrected the proof for the fourteenth sheet (pp. 469-504). Four days later his brother Samuel arrived in Liverpool, and soon after Franklin passed the proof reading duties to his brother, who appears to have completed the task at the end March, 1852. The Millennial Star of March 1 reported that the Voice of Warning would be available with the next issue and the Book of Mormon immediately after. - Crawley 688. Flake/Draper 601. Auerbach 1176.