GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) – Rare book collectors and religious historians are abuzz with the recent discovery of an 1830 first edition Book of Mormon by the Hessney Auction Company of Geneva.
The book was found while cleaning out an estate near Palmyra and Fayette that was the birthplace of the Mormon religion.
The book will be featured in a Wednesday, September 19th combined Estate Auction.
The first edition was printed in 1830 by founder Joseph Smith, who lived in the region before heading west.
The book is reported in good unrestored condition with original binding.
While there were 5,000 copies originally published, only hundreds are believed to still exist.
Commentary by Religion News Blog:
First editions of the Book of Mormon are helpful in that they document how many changes the Mormon Church has made to the allegedly perfect book.
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