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"Wow, Uncle Rick!  You and Mom sure are basement people." Words that endure. It was only after agonizing over what color to paint my bedroom walls that I realized I had chosen virtually the same peach color of the old basement bedroom in the Boise family home.  Eternal principles.

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(Palmyra newspapers)  THE WAYNE SENTINEL . . . Published Every Wednesday, at Palmyra, N. Y., By P[omeroy]. Tucker . . . Group of 21 issues (plus 2 incomplete, partial issues), all from 1845-46.

Important:  These are all in poor condition, worn, and a number with small to medium portions torn away.

the lot, postpaid: $150

A number of the political editorials may have been written by publisher Pomeroy Tucker, author of Origin, Rise and Progress of Mormonism, 1867. Tucker originally owned the Wayne Sentinel newspaper before selling it to Egbert B. Grandin for a time. Continuing as editor of Grandin's paper, Tucker "performed much of the reading of the proof-sheets, comparing the same with the manuscript copies," of the first edition Book of Mormon, "and in the mean time had frequent and familiar interviews with the pioneer Mormons, Smith, Cowdery, and Harris . . ." (Tucker 1867, p. 4).

Five of these issues contain short news articles on the Mormons, including mention of 1,000 additional Mormons attempting to enlist in the War with Mexico at Ft. Leavenworth (beyond the 500 members of the Mormon Battalion). One brief article gives an early report that "a collision had taken place between the party of Mormons now emigrating to California, and Gov. Bogg's [sic] party, journeying to the same destination."

Other, non-Mormon-related articles include lengthy reports from the War with Mexico, and other fascinating tidbits of the day, including the progress of the telegraph in the East. A good offering at this low price, but be prepared for the very disappointing condition.





LA RUE, William Earl. THE FOUNDATIONS OF MORMONISM. A Study of the Fundamental Facts in the History and Doctrines of the Mormons from Original Sources. By William Earl LaRue, B. D. With Introduction by Alfred Williams Anthony, D. D. New York [and elsewhere]: Fleming H. Revell Company, [c. 1919. Published for the Home Mission's Council and the Council of Women for Home Missions.]

19 cm. 243 pages + frontispiece portrait of Joseph Smith. Collated complete. Original dark blue cloth; gilt-titled spine. In generally very good, fresh condition; the binding bright and free of wear. Postpaid: * SOLD $47.50 *

FLAKE 4756 (only edition). Designed to supply "Christian workers who come in contact with Mormon proselyting activities" with practical information. Includes individual chapters on each of the Mormon standard works, including the Inspired Version of the Bible; the Missouri events, the Nauvoo Expositor, polygamy, and other fun stuff.



"MORMON is said to be a Greek word." ARTICLE in the NEWARK DAILY ADVERTISER (newspaper, Newark, New Jersey) for Saturday evening, August 12, 1843 [12:36].

Folio, [4] pages. Very good; some raggedness along back fold where disbound. postpaid: $50

The text (3 column inches of small type) is taken at least in part from the Baptist Register, and quotes authorities who define the word, "Mormon," as "A bugbear, a hobgoblin, a raw head and bloody bones, a hideous spectre, a frightful mask, something to frighten children." The Spaulding theory is folded lightly into the mix, and the concocted article garnished at the end as follows . . .

 MORMONS, then, the anglicised word, or the derivative as comprehending the people, may be defined, "Devotees to bugbears, hobgoblins and sceptres [sic]."—Seventeen thousand of such devotees, it is said, are now residents in Nauvoo."




23 cm. xiii, 237, [1] pages. Decorated wrappers. Fine; still in the publisher's shrink-wrap. postpaid: $22.50

Examination of religious groups and individuals in early modern history who awaited the reestablishment of apostolic Christianity with authority which they could recognize. Of particular interest is the fifth chapter, "The Restoration," which addresses nagging lacunae and inconsistencies in the history of the development of the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods in the Church. With extensive notes, index, and scriptural reference index.



PETERSEN, LaMar. HEARTS MADE GLAD. The Charges of Intemperance Against Joseph Smith the Mormon Prophet. [Salt Lake City: Copyright by LaMar Petersen, 1975].

23 cm. [7]ff.(numbered erratically); 258 pages. Illustrated. Illustrated stiff wrappers. Nearly fine (which some sellers on eBay might call "mint !!!!!" but which is merely, nearly fine. postpaid: $20

A rather eccentric but necessary consideration of the indisputable fact that Joseph Smith sometimes drank and approved of drinking alcoholic beverages, even after the Word of Wisdom was revealed. With extensive notes and bibliography; index.



EGGLESTON, Edward. A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS PEOPLE. New York: American Book Co., [c.1888]. postpaid: $12

21½ cm. 416, [2] pp. plus frontispiece and another plate printed in colors (colonial costumes, Civil War uniforms). Colored map endpapers. Numerous black & white illustrations throughout, in the text and full-page. Original cloth. Moderate wear.

One very restrained paragraph on Mormons and polygamy, p.369, by this noted Midwestern author.



. . . THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE . . . [at head: "The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Herald Publishing House, Independence, Missouri], [c. 1954].

20 cm., 231 pp. Orig. grey cloth. Moderate wear, spine faded. postpaid: $10

" A symposium of nineteen sermons," each by a different writer, on the general theme of the kingdom spiritual, economic, or triumphant.



". . . a small force of the Mormons is still in Salt Lake City, ready to fire it, perhaps, in the event of the approach of the army."

[Utah War] SUPERB ARTICLE about the Move South, in THE SCHOHARIE REPUBLICAN. Democratic. (newspaper, Schoharie, New York) for Thursday, July 8, 1858 [38:28].

Folio, [4] pp. Wearing, tearing and fairly brittle (not absolutely crumbling like the worst examples one sees of brittle paper, but quite delicate), and priced accordingly. postpaid: $37.50

"IMPORTANT FROM UTAH. ST. LOUIS, July 2." Page 2, column 7 (10½ column inches). Gen. Johnson [sic] is to start for Salt Lake City "on the 13th with 3000 men, in columns. The army will enter the valley at Soda Springs, on Bear River." There is "quite a diversity of opinion" at Camp Scott on how the Mormons will react. Fifty disaffected Mormons have "escaped" from the Valley and are heading to "the States."

The main body of the Saints have moved south to Provo (not "to Sonora or to the Russian Possessions, as anticipated by the acthorities [sic] at Washington, . . ."). Major B. McCulloch writes from Camp Scott, speculating that the Mormons wish "to guard their women from the apprehended excessive gallantry of the soldiers," and to keep apostates "from throwing themselves on the army for protection." There is more. Such a great article; I am sorry for the poor condition of the paper.



THE VERMONT CHRONICLE (newspaper, Windsor, Vermont) for Tuesday, September 25, 1855 [XXX:39; Whole No. 1539].

Folio, paged [153]-156 (four pages, complete). Very good; some raggedness along back fold where disbound. postpaid: $65

Two items of interest. Page 3, column 4, has one paragraph on "The Mormonites" preaching in Wales. "Among the miners and colliers of the iron and coal districts of South Wales the tenets of this sect find peculiar favor."

Page 3, column 5, announces "Deaths." Among them, the following two sentences relate to a figure of Mormon interest: "In Royalton, on Tuesday, 5th inst., JOSEPH A. DENISON, M. D., aged 81 years. Mr. D was one of the oldest and most successful practitioners in the State." This was evidently the doctor who delivered Lucy Mack Smith of her son, Joseph, on December 23, 1805. See Larry Porter, Study of Origins, pp. 20-21, note (also mentioned by Richard L. Bushman in Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism, p. 199 n.72, referring to Porter). The information in this newspaper confirms some of the biographical information in Porter.



ANDERSON, Nephi. THE BOYS OF SPRINGTOWN. With Special Reference to William Wallace Jones and Ned Fisher. By Nephi Anderson, Author of "Added Upon," "John St. John," "Romance of a Missionary," Etc. Drawings by C. E. Tillotson. Independence, Jackson County, Missouri: Press of Zion's Printing and Publishing Company, 1920.

18 cm. 160 pages + frontispiece illustration on glossy paper; small line-drawing illustrations at heads of chapters. Orig. blue gilt-decorated cloth. Shaken and worn, but complete. Flake137 (only edition). Mormon juvenile. postpaid: * SOLD $12 *



McCONNELL, Samuel P., and Samuel KERR, eds. COMPILATION OF COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES, at LOMBARD UNIVERSITY, FOR THE COLLEGIATE YEAR ENDING JUNE 15th, 1870. Compiled and Published by Samuel P. McConnell and Samuel Kerr, Galesburg, Illinois. Printed at the Republican Printing Rooms, 1870.

21½ cm. 100 pp. (ads, pp. 91-100). Original printed tan wrappers with illustration of a University building on the back, ads on inside wraps. Backstrip gone. postpaid: $25

With this briefest of mentions on page 73, in a commencement oration by Charles Electus Hasbrook:

There are faults in our education. It should be vigorous and preventive. Politics is an afterwork, a poor patching. We are always a little late. The evil is done, the law is passed, and we begin the up hill agitation for repeal of that which we ought to have prevented the enacting. Of such a nature is the "Mormon Problem."



TAYLOR, William. A TALE OF TWO CITIES. A Comparison Between the Mormon and the Catholic Religious Experiences. [Pocatello, Idaho: Copyright 1980, Rev. William Taylor, Little Red Hen Inc.].

21½ cm. [4]ff., 73 pp. Orig. black illustrated wrappers. Fine. postpaid: $12

Nihil Obstat & Imprimatur of the Censor and the Bishop of Boise, so it must be true, although the arguments strike me as rather idealistically slanted toward Catholicism: the Mormon Church is heavily institution and structure (p.57), whereas "Catholics treasure structure and institution, but they have come to recognize that other models of being Church must find expression within Catholicism, besides Church-as-institution." Not nasty, just weak. The pamphlet does better, however, with its contextual criticism of apparent Book of Mormon weaknesses or faux pas, pp. 59-73.



BYU STUDIES Vol. 16, Number 2 (Winter 1976). Single issue, original red wrappers, nearly fine condition. postpaid: $16

Includes D. Michael Quinn, "The Mormon Succession Crisis of 1844"; Jill C. Mulvay, "Eliza R. Snow and the Woman Question"; Paul James Toscano, "Measure for Measure: Tragedy and Redemption." Reviews include William Mulder on Allen & Alexander's Manchester Mormons: The Journal of William Clayton; Richard P. Howard on Matthews' "A Plainer Translation . . ."; Jan Shipps on Melville's Conflict and Compromise . . .; Thomas G. Alexander on Annie Clark Tanner's Biography of Ezra Thompson Clark.



PIERCE, Florence. THE GOLDEN PLATES. N.p., [Copyright 1946; Second Edition . . . 1948].

20½ cm. [5]ff., 13-206, [1]pp. + printed endpapers. Printed on glossy paper. Illustrated. Original gold blind-illustrated cloth. Gold printed endpapers. Medium soiling to covers. postpaid: * SOLD $20 *

Faith-promoting blend of archaeology and modern-day scripture, including artist's conception of the golden plates. A bit dubious, but unusual.



NELSON, Lee. MORMON FORTUNE BUILDERS And How They Did It. [Provo, Utah]: Council Press, ["First printing November 1981"].

21½ cm. xviii pp., [1]f., 252 pp. Line-drawing portraits of the subjects. Orig. illustrated boards. Very good; a few scratches to blank areas of back board. postpaid: $10

I don't recognize the names of these eleven self-made millionaires (who were active Latter-day Saints during and after making their fortunes), but then, I sell old books for a living. Somewhat in the gospel-of-wealth tradition, but not offensive, written by - or with - each subject in the first person ("The only successful people I knew in Amway were in the southern states, and I had never been east of Utah." etc., p.109 [Amy LaRae Grant]).



. . . BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY BULLETIN. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MASTERS' THESES. All past theses submitted to the Graduate School of Brigham Young University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the master's degree. [at head: Vol. LIII, No. 6, February 8, 1956]. Published by Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

21½ cm. 96 pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Nearly fine condition. postpaid: $20

Fascinating - and so early! The entire History Department had accumulated only forty-two theses, but they included Marvin Hill, Alma P. Burton, James R. Clark, Robert Kent Fielding, Stewart Grow, and Milton R. Hunter, among others. In the Religion Dept., Hyrum L. Andrus wrote his thesis on "World Government as Envisioned in the Latter-day Saint 'City of Zion.' " (1952, 190 pp.)



CROWTHER, Duane S. LIFE EVERLASTING. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, [c. 1967]. [5]ff.; [ix]-xix, 399 pp., including portrait of the author's daughter who died in childhood. Fine in worn dust wrapper. postpaid: $12

Plenty of quotes, extracts and anecdotes on death, the spirit world, resurrection. Zillions of spiritual experiences, handily summarized and indexed at the end.



KINNEY, BRUCE. . . . MORMONISM, THE ISLAM OF AMERICA. By Bruce Kinney, D.D., Formerly Superintendent of Baptist Missions in Utah, Illustrated. [at head: "Issued under the direction of the Council of Women for Home Missions."] New York [& elsewhere]. Fleming H. Revell Company, [c. 1912].

18½ cm. [3]ff., [5]-190 pp. + the 6 illustration plates on glossy paper. Original printed green wrappers. Wear to wrappers and final pages; a so-so copy, neither great nor horrible (how is that for a technical description!). postpaid: $45

FLAKE 4638, showing no copies in Utah, locating examples at Berkeley and the RLDS Church.



HINCKLEY, Gordon B. WHAT OF THE MORMONS? Including a Short History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. N.p., Published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, [c.1947; Fifth Edition Revised, 1954].

21 cm. 230 pp. Numerous illustrations. Original brown gilt-decorated cloth. Nearly fine in moderately worn dust jacket. postpaid: $12

An illustrated missionary-oriented overview of Mormon practice, doctrine and history.



ETHERIDGE, Emerson. Speech of Emerson Etheridge, of Tennessee, Delivered in the House of Representatives, April 2, 1860 (caption title). N.p., n.d. At bottom of first page: "Printed by Lemuel Towers, $1 per hundred copies."

25 cm. Never trimmed, with fairly large margins. Complete, but very ragged, worn, and falling apart; browning. Evidently never bound or even tied. A substantial slavery-related pamphlet on the eve of the Civil War, evidently scarce, but in sad condition. Buy it, repair it, write a scholarly essay about it, and you will have a $300 item.     * SOLD $45 *

FLAKE 3184, showing only the copies at the Library of Congress, Berkeley, and the Western Reserve Hist. Soc. in Cleveland. Really quite entertaining. Etheridge is anti-polygamy, but pro-slavery. He concedes he must vote for legislation against polygamy - "My readiness to do so is attributable, I am sure, in a great degree, to my early piety. (Laughter.)" p.1. But, he insists that by so voting, the way is being opened for Congress to control slavery in the Territories. An anti-slavery Congressman pushes him endlessly to clarify, but Etheridge wiggles until some are amused.

   Mr. LAMAR Before the gentleman goes to that I will put a question to him.
   Mr. ETHERIDGE. One thing at a time.
   Mr. LAMAR. I am so much indebted to the gentleman for the clear answer he has given me, that I want to put another question to him.
   Mr. ETHERIDGE. The gentleman will pardon me. I have, I understand, but a few minutes more of my time left. [p. 15]



PHILLIPS, A[rthur]. B[ernicie]. . . . The Old Jerusalem Gospel Restored. By Elder A. B. Phillips. Herald Publishing House, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lamoni, Decatur Co., Iowa [caption title & imprint; at head: "No. 35"]. No date; evidently early 1900s.

15 cm. [12] pp. Small pamphlet with original single staple. Uniformly toned, else nearly as new condition.     postpaid: $25

FLAKE 6362, showing only one copy, at the RLDS Church in Independence. Missionary tract on Biblical prophecy, finally getting around to mentioning the Restoration on page 11, ". . . when in 1830, the angel, according to promise, restored the gospel again to earth, with all its blessings; and the church (Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) was organized again as in ancient time . . ." Interesting creative history. The back page reprints Joseph Smith's Prophecy on War.



Bible. English. "1867." INSPIRED VERSION. [later printing of first Inspired Edition; incomplete and worn]. [THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, Translated and Corrected by the Spirit of Revelation by Joseph Smith, Jr., the Seer.] . . . New Testament with separate title page bearing imprint with NO PRINTING DATE OR LOCATION: Published by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, [on verso of New Testament title page: "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1867, by Joseph Smith, I. L. Rogers, and E. Robinson."]

18 cm. 917, 286 pages BUT LACKING the following pages: OLD TESTAMENT title page, 29-30; NEW TESTAMENT pp. 237-8, 263-8; possibly a few others (but not evident, and hardly worth collating). Outer leaves worn and/or detached. Frequent underlining and inked notes and miscellaneous wear.

Original full black morocco; gilt-lettered spine. Entire binding case detached in one piece; top of spine torn away (approx. half-inch-wide area all across). Sold with all faults, as is.

postpaid: $90

FLAKE 454, listed as a "Variant printing without Plano, Ill. included on the title page." L. R. Jacobs speculated that this edition was printed ca. 1880. "The fact that the place of publication has been left off of the title," he wrote, "suggests that the book was printed after the publishing arm of the Reorganized church had moved from Plano to Lamoni, Iowa. It is more than a variant, it is a later printing." (Seagull Books Catalogue One, item 19, offering a rebacked copy for $600 in December 1992).



SPENCER, Clarissa Young, with Mabel HARMER.  BRIGHAM YOUNG AT HOME . . . Illustrated with Photographs. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1961 [c. 1940, Fourth printing].     * SOLD $15 *

23 cm. 301 pp. + frontispiece. Orig. yellow cloth and illustrated dust jacket. Very good. Domestic bliss and safe anecdotes, with a number of black and white full-page views, especially interiors of the Lion House. A few surprises, not the least of which occurs in how the author describes the leader of "Johnston's Army" . . .

  General Albert Sidney Johnston was a brave and brilliant soldier who had often been mentioned as the next Commander in Chief of the United States Army. It was thought in some quarters that he had been sent West purely as a political move by those who wished him far distant from the national scene.
  The soldiers suffered great privation during the winter, flour being extremely scarce and vegetables and salt lacking entirely. Learning of their sad straits, Father sent a load of salt to Colonel Johnston. The Colonel returned it with every expression of bitterness, but the soldiers, who had wearied of eating poor meat without any salt, salvaged the load and returned it indirectly to camp. Later they were supplied with salt by the Indians at exorbitant prices. [p. 98]



HILL, Donna. JOSEPH SMITH, The First Mormon. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1977.

23½ cm. xviii pp., [2]ff.; 527 pages + illustrations. Orig. cloth-backed boards and illustrated dust jacket; map-illustrated end sheets. Very good; price very discretely cut from dust wrapper inside flap.    postpaid: $30

FIRST EDITION of a classic, respected biography. Useful and informative as it is, this book takes to the ultimate extreme that curious art by which publishers seek to render critical information all but inaccessible: Not only must one figure out what chapter one is in, but which section of the book, before setting out on that most irritating of all reader expeditions, the quest for a "foot"note which never got close enough to its relative text to share a drink.



NIBLEY, Hugh W. SINCE CUMORAH; The Book of Mormon in the Modern World. SLC: Deseret Book Company, 1970 [c. 1967, Second Printing].

23 cm. xviii, 451 pp.; some illustrations in the text. Orig. cloth and illustrated dust jacket. Very good; a clean tear without loss to the back of the dust jacket.    postpaid: $15

A prime icon in that body of Mormon literature which presumes no one knew anything in Upstate New York of the 1820s, and that even the most esoteric texts of any ancient culture may be consulted as precursors to the writings of Joseph Smith. "It is the thesis of this book that the Book of Mormon is singularly lacking in originality. There are limits to which even Yankee ingenuity can go, and the Book of Mormon lies miles behind those limits in a world that no one dreamed of in Joseph Smith's time." (dust jacket)



"The Women of Utah." Two articles suggesting Mormon duplicity and forgery of signatures, in the CINCINNATI WEEKLY TIMES (newspaper) for Thursday, January 27, 1876.

Large folio, [4] pages. Elaborate illustrated masthead. Very good but for some creasing and light stains.     postpaid: $45

Two articles (pp. 1 and 2) total fourteen column inches of text. Taken from the New York Times, the articles explain why "The monster petition from Utah to Congress asking that the Territory be admitted as a State, signed by 23,360 Mormon women, is worthy of some particular scrutiny." By carefully analyzing Utah's population and the handwriting & arrangement of the petition pages, the writers conclude that something is amiss, and that many under-age girls must also have signed. The format of the papers suggests that prepared signature blanks "must have been sent out from Salt Lake City, to the local authorities, with private instructions." Often many signatures are in the same handwriting, and the pages show no evidence of having been attached to a petition text at the time they were signed. In addition, a number of women have signed affidavits after the fact, describing fraudulent and deceptive means by which signatures were obtained. Most intriguing.



[BROWN, Hugh B.] In the Case of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints vs. Joseph Leslie Broadbent [cover title]. [Salt Lake City]: n.p., n.d. (1929?)

18½ cm. 11 pp. (verso of final leaf blank). Incomplete ? Beige printed wrappers. The pamphlet has been sliced along the backstrip, leaving all leaves and wrappers loose and unbound. This was presumably done by the New York Public Library for microfilming and discard - old "NYPL" perforated stamp in lower blank margin of the second leaf.     postpaid: * SOLD $15 *

Flake 1871 says "1929" and calls for 30 pages, "A polygamy excommunication trial." Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this item is that Hugh B. Brown was the excommunicating Stake President (at the instigation of Rudger Clawson, of the Quorum of the Twelve - affidavit, p. 7). This pamphlet contains a surprising amount of legal procedure and post-excommunication documentation. From an affidavit signed by L. S. Taggart and Moroni Jessop on July 26, 1929, before Notary Public J. W. Musser: Broadbent quizzes the Granite Stake Presidency and High Council during the excommunication proceedings at the Wasatch Ward Chapel on July 18 . . .

     He asked each one of the brethren if they had read the little book [see Flake 862-4] which was responsible for bringing out the complaint in the case. They all said that they had received copies, but only one had read it, and he only in part. One confessed having received the book, but had thrown it in the fire.
. . . . .
     During the process of the trial it was admitted by President Brown and made a part of the record that it wasn't a question of whether Brother Broadbent was right or wrong, but solely a question of harmony with the Authorities of the Church . . . [p. 8]



BROWN, Joseph E[merson]. Polygamy in Utah and New England Contrasted.  SPEECH of HON. JOSEPH E. BROWN, of Georgia, Delivered in the Senate of the United States, Tuesday, May 27, 1884. . . . Washington., 1884.

22½ cm. 32 pp. Side-tied with wire staples: I have removed the staples carefully (because they made it impossible to open or read the pamphlet without damaging it), and have kept them in a small plastic bag with the pamphlet. The pamphlet had been folded in thirds horizontally, resulting in some damage, but not extreme. The paper is fresh and not brittle.     postpaid: * SOLD $30 *

FLAKE 908. Senator Brown (1821-94; former governor of Georgia), while no friend of Mormon polygamy, was an ardent foe of some anti-polygamy legislation, and had spoken mightily against the Edmunds Act that previous January (see Flake 907). The present pamphlet is an extremely long speech, so a summary is provided in small type on the title page, reading in part as follows . . .

  Polygamy is properly punished in Utah by the act of Congress with penitentiary imprisonment. It is on the decline.
  A person divorced in violation of the divine law who marries again is a polygamist.
  Three times as many persons practice polygamy in New England as in Utah.
  . . . . .
   Who shall they next regulate under the precedents being made in the case of Utah? Shall it be the Baptists, the Catholics, or the Quakers?
  Blind fanaticism knows no constitutional or legal limit.



"The sacredness and unity of the family must be preserved . . ."

BLAINE, James G. LETTER OF HON. JAMES G. BLAINE Accepting the Nomination for President.  Boston: Republican State Committee., 1884.

20½ cm. 23 pp. (final leaf blank). Self-wrappers. In poor condition, but complete. Chipping, falling apart.     postpaid: $30

NOT IN FLAKE. "The Mormon Question," pp. 20-21.

. . . A religious sect, strongly intrenched in one of the Territories of the Union, and spreading rapidly into four other Territories, claims the right to destroy the great safeguard and muniment of social order . . .  The sacredness and unity of the family must be preserved as the foundation of all civil government, as the source of orderly administration, as the surest guaranty of moral purity.
  The claim of the Mormons, that they are divinely authorized to practise polygamy, should no more be admitted than the claim of certain heathen tribes, if they should come among us, to continue the rite of human sacrifice. The law does not interfere with what a man believes: it takes cognizance only of what he does. . . . [pp. 20-21]



BLOOM, Harold. THE AMERICAN RELIGION; The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation. New York & elsewhere: Simon & Schuster, [1992].

23½ cm. 288 pp. Dust wrapper. Fine condition.    postpaid: $17.50

Section II, "American Original: The Mormons," comprises chapters 4-6, pages 77-128. Fascinating insights. Consider this paragraph, which I chose absolutely at random, letting the book fall open where it might . . .

  It is a crucial commonplace of Mormonism that Joseph Smith nullified the distinction between Old Testament and New Testament, and cast out all of church history that intervened between the biblical texts and himself. To apply a strictly rhetorical and literary term to the prophet's religion-making career, we can say that Smith accomplished a transumption, by joining his Latter-day Saints to the ever-earliness of the great patriarchs, and to Enoch in particular. In a transumption, earliness and lateness change places, while everything that comes in between is voided. Whether Smith had read a version of the apocalyptic Book of Enoch is uncertain, but I hardly think that written sources were necessary for many of Smith's imaginings. Enoch chose Joseph Smith because esoteric traditions always had exalted Enoch as the archetype of man-become-angel, and even become God. [p. 100]



BONWICK, James. THE MORMONS AND THE SILVER MINES. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1872.

18½ cm. vi pp.; [1]f. (table of contents); 425, [5](ads) pages. In poor condition.     * SOLD $10 *

Flake 593 (only edition), saying, "Mormonism in Nevada." Ugly library buckram with attendant evils; leaves brittle, with portions of fore-edges chipped away from the first few leaves, resulting in a little text loss from the table of contents and first page of the preface. An awful but nearly-complete copy which should serve the needs of both impecunious researchers and mining prospectors who have not yet staked a claim.



NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN STUDIES AND RECORDS. Volume XIX. Northfield, Minnesota: Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1956.

23 cm. vii pp.; [1]f.; 217, [1] pp. Orig. light blue and maroon boards. Some wear & discoloration to binding.    postpaid: $25

William MULDER, "Norwegian Forerunners Among the Early Mormons," pp. 46-61. Thoroughly footnoted, and nicely written. Includes a unifying theme or series of recurrent references to the life of Knud "Canute" Peterson, who was converted in 1837 at age eighteen and later became a Utah pioneer and missionary to Norway.



NEW YORK HISTORY. Quarterly Journal of New York State Historical Association. Volume LXI, Number 4, October 1980. Cooperstown, New York, 1980.

23 cm. [3]ff.; pages [359]-478, [1 (ads)] (= 128 pages in all). Numerous illustrations in the text. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good.     postpaid: * SOLD $20 *

A particularly choice issue devoted primarily to Mormon studies, with the following substantial articles:

Gordon S. WOOD, "Evangelical America and Early Mormonism."
Leonard J. ARRINGTON, "Mormonism: From Its New York Beginnings."
Marvin S. HILL, "The Rise of Mormonism in the Burned-over District: Another View."
J. Sheldon FISHER, "Brigham Young as a Mendon Craftsman: A Study in Historical Archeology."



[Travel - Fin across America] VAASAN JAAKKOO RAPAKON TAKANA 1947-48. Matkakirja Etelä-Pohjanmaan Murteella. Kuvitettu. Porvoo * Helsinki. Werner Soderström Osakeyhtiö. [1949].

21 cm. 479, [1] pp. Illustrated. Orig. cloth-backed decorated boards. Very good; spine faded. Printed on coated stock.     postpaid: $85

Only edition in the National Union Catalog, locating three copies. A tour through Canada and the US. "Salt Lake City," pp. 453-8. "Kalifornia," pp. 419-52. With simple illustrations. If you have been looking for this, the price will seem negligible for such an esoteric item. If you don't particularly want it, no price could be low enough. It's that kind of book.



JENSEN, Wiggo Frederik. THE ONWARD TRAIL. [New York: Urner-Barry Company], n.d. Ca. 1936.

23 cm. [3]ff., 195 pp. + frontispiece portrait. Orig. maroon gilt-lettered cloth. Cloth dull, but very little wear.    postpaid: $30

Autobiography of a conservative Western creamery butter businessman with an axe to grind against the New Deal. Jensen naturally liked Utah, and here devotes an entire chapter to the period of his life spent "Among the Mormons," pp. 72-107.



"Mormons in New Jersey." News blurb in the NEWARK DAILY ADVERTISER (newspaper, Newark, New Jersey) for Friday evening, July 30, 1841 [10:25].

Folio, [4] pp. Very good, the two leaves separated from one another. Plenty of interesting reading and ads of the day.    postpaid: $30

Brief but original 1841 Mormon mission field history, as preserved at the time by non-Mormons. Notice that there is no negative comment, simply a careful statistical report. Page 2, column 2, reading in its entirety as follows:

  Mormons in New Jersey.—The Trenton State Gazette states that the Mormons have two societies in Monmouth county, one at Hornor's town and the other at Tom's river. About 100 belong to the former and 70-80 to the latter. They have also meetings regularly, once a week at New Egypt, besides occasional meetings at other places.