Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2000. Deluxe Edition, 57/60. 26pp. Quarto [34 cm] 1/4 black calf over blue cloth. Title blind stamped on the backstrip. Housed in a matching clamshell. Fine. Letterpress prospectus laid in. Item #7347
Leaf book that features an original leaf from the first edition of the Book of Mormon (Palmyra, 1830) that is accompanied by an essay by the noted bibliographer, Peter Crawley, titled: 'The Publication of the 1830 Book of Mormon.' The leaf present is the first page of The Book of Enos (pgs. 143-144). The Deluxe Edition was limited to 45 numbered copies (copies 16-60) this is copy 57. This leaf are the first two pages of the Book of Moroni.
"When the Grolier Club included the 1830 Book of Mormon in its famous 1946 exhibition of one hundred influential American books, the Book of Mormon had been published in nineteen languages, and the followers of Joseph Smith numbered about one million. Fifty-four years later, at the end of the twentieth century, the complete book is in print in forty-five languages, abridged editions are available in forty-six others, and those who venerate it as scripture exceed ten million." - Peter Crawley.