MORMONS / LDS
McMurrin Copy — Mormon Provenance
Church of Latter-day Saints. The book of Mormon: An account written by the hand of Mormon, upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi ... fifth electrotype edition. Liverpool: George Teasdale, 1889. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.75"). xii, 623 pp.
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“Fifth electrotype edition” of Orson Pratt's revised British edition. A leaflet by Elder B.H. Roberts, entitled “Analysis of the Book of Mormon: Suggestions to the Reader,” is laid in.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked gift inscription reading “Compliments of Jos. W. McMurrin / July 19th 1896.” Joseph William McMurrin (1858–1932), a Mormon missionary and general authority, served as one of the seven presidents of the First Quorum of Seventy.
Crawley 688 (for 1852 stereotyped ed.); Flake & Draper 626; Sabin 83067. Publisher's textured blue cloth, framed in blind, spine with gilt-stamped title; binding unobtrusively rebacked, showing virtually no wear. Hinges (inside) reinforced. Front free endpaper with inscription as above. (20999)
One of the Earliest Presbyterian Missionaries in OREGON
An Early ACCURATE Map of Oregon's Interior
Parker, Samuel. Journal of an exploring tour beyond the Rocky Mountains, under the direction of the A.B.C.F.M. in the years 1835, '36, and '37. Ithaca, NY: Mack, Andrus, & Woodruff., 1842. 12vo (20 cm, 7.9"). 408 pp.; 1 map, 1 plt.
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Third edition: “A description of the geography, geology,
climate, productions of the country, and the numbers, manners, and customs of
the natives.” The Rev. Samuel Parker (1779–1866) accompanied a fur-trading
party west into what was then known as either Oregon Country or the Columbia
District, under the sponsorship of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign
Missions. Here he describes the voyage (includinga
brief mention of the Mormons in Missouri), the region's
natural history, and the degrees of interest in Christianity expressed by the
Native Americans his party encountered — which last was his primary focus.
The volume opens with anoversized,
folding map, engraved by M.M. Peabody, which Graff describes
as “the earliest map of the Oregon interior with a pretense to accuracy”;
includes an account of Parker'svoyage
to Hawaii and Tahiti; and closes with avocabulary
of Indian languages (Nez Perce, Klicatat, Calapooa, and Chenook).
The plate depicts “Basaltic Formations on the Columbia River.”
Flake & Draper, Mormon Bibliography, 6100; Graff
3193; Hill, Collection of Pacific Voyages, 1306; Howes P89; Pilling,
Proof-sheets, 2907; Sabin 58729; Wagner-Camp, Plains & Rockies,
70:3. Publisher's charcoal-colored ribbed cloth, covers with blind-stamped
arabesque frame, spine with gilt-stamped title; cloth chipped at spine extremities
and front joint, corners rubbed. Mild to moderate foxing. Map with faint spotting,
a pinpoint hole at one corner, and one very short tear from inner edge; foxing
and soiling, never dark/nasty but present throughout. A comfortably solid
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