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Original full calf. Quarto. Spine with raised bands and leather title piece. 768pp. Woodcut illustrations. Text in double columns. A rare copy of Phinney's 1828 Cooperstown Bible. This was the same edition that Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, used to create his new translation of the Bible. How the 1828 Phinney Bible ended up in Joseph Smith's hands is an interesting story and is told in detail in Dr. Kent Jackson's article "Joseph Smith's Cooperstown Bible: The Historical Context of the Bible used in the Joseph Smith Translation" (BYU Studies Quarterly, 2001). By late Summer in 1829 Smith had contracted with a Palmyra, New York, printer named Egbert B. Grandin for the printing and binding of the Book of Mormon. During this period his assistant, Oliver Cowdery and others, would deliver sections of the manuscript to Grandin's shop. On Oct. 8, 1829 Cowdery bought a copy of the 1828 Phinney Bible there and wrote Smith's name on the flyleaf as owner of the Bible. Not long after the Mormon Church was organized in the Spring of 1830, Joseph Smith began a careful reading of this Bible and over the next three years made the inspired changes, additions and corrections which are now known as the Joseph Smith Translation. Smith's copy contains the Apocrypha as well as 9 woodcut illustrations (7 in the Old Testament and 2 in the New). Our copy has the Apocrypha and a total of 11 woodcuts (8 in the Old Testament and 3 in the new). In his article Jackson notes: "None of the ten 1828 copies I have examined have exactly the same selection and placement" of illustrations. In terms of condition our copy is in good original shape with no repairs to the binding or the text. The calf is rubbed and worn but the covers are still firmly attached. Internally the text is good with some scattered foxing throughout, occasionally heavy. The first 50 or so pages (including the title) are quite stained at the left side as are the last 25 pages including the index. There is some heavy creasing to the flyleaf, frontispiece page and title page and some chipping to the upper edge of the frontispiece. Our copy has 3 defects to the text. They are as follows: Page 247 of the First Book of Kings has a torn piece in the lower corner. This piece is laid in and no text is missing. Two pages of St. Luke are torn in the upper corner. The pieces are still there and only a few letters of text are affected. The rest of the text is free of any chips, tears or missing pieces. There is an early manuscript poem written on both sides of the flyleaf of this copy relating to ownership of a Bible. Further details upon request. Postage extra. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: H. & E. Phinney's Stereotype Edition. The ...
Editorial: Cooperstown: H. & E. Phinney.
Año de publicación: 1828
Condición del libro: Good
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