A Descriptive Bibliography of the Mormon Church
Provo: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1997, 2005, 2012. First Edition. 3 volume set. 477, 501, 467pp. Quartos [27 cm] All volumes bound in full cloth with the titles gilt on the backstrips. All volumes near fine in like jackets. Bookplates on the front pastedowns. All volumes signed on the title page by the author. Item #7758
Descriptive bibliography of all printed works of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, beginning with the founding in 1830 and covering all imprints up to 1857. These are the definitive works on this subject. Peter Crawley is a genius.
"Mormonism's incunabula are the books of its first twenty-eight years. In large part the Church is defined by these books. They tell, for example, of its birth in New York, of its moves to Ohio and Missouri and then to Illinois, and finally of its trek to a permanent place of refuge in the Great Basin. They report the murder of Joseph Smith, its founder, and the succession of Brigham Young, its leader for a third of a century. They record the efforts of its missionaries who carried its message across the Atlantic, and then to South America, Asia, Africa, India, and Australia. They include its three books of new scripture as well as numerous tracts which introduced and defended its distinctive doctrines." - Vol. 1. pg. 11.