Plano, IL: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1867. First Edition. 917, 286pp. Duodecimo [18 cm] Presentation binding. Brown grained leather with decorative floral gilt stamped borders to boards. Title gilt stamp on the backstrip with raised bands between floral gilt stamped panels. All edges gilt. Brass clasp. Expertly rebacked to match the original. Better than very good. Internally nice. Bright copy that presents well. Item #6539
Lovely copy of Joseph Smith's inspired translation of the Holy Bible in this rare presentation binding.
"When the Prophet Joseph Smith translated the Bible, he was not limited to what was found on the working page in front of him, whether that page was a sheet from the King James Version or a handwritten draft of his own early revision. The text seems to have been a “starting point,” but the spirit of revelation was always an additional source of information. In the case of the Bible translation, the manuscript source was the King James Version. This suggested certain ideas, but the Spirit apparently suggested many enlargements, backgrounds, and additional concepts not found on the page. Thus the term “translation,” when referring to Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible, differs somewhat from that normally used when one thinks of translating languages." - Robert J. Matthews
"This, might with some propriety, be called 'The Mormon Bible.' - Woodward 242. Auerbach 1947: 1223,1224. Graff 3466. Flake/Draper 453.