“THEIR HARMONY… CONSTANCY… ENTIRE DEVOTION TO ONE GREAT ENTERPRISE AND PURPOSE”: 1857 HISTORY OF THE MORMONS, WITH 12 PLATES, IN ORIGINAL CLOTH
SMUCKER, Samuel. The Religious, Social, and Political History of the Mormons, or Latter-Day Saints… New York: Miller, Orton, 1857. Small octavo, original blind-decorated brown cloth gilt recased.
Early edition (second Smucker edition) of one of the earliest detailed accounts of Mormon history and belief, illustrated with 12 plates, in original cloth.
Largely through lengthy excerpts from sources both supportive and critical of "this extraordinary sect," Smucker traces the organization, the teachings and practices, and "the varied and surprising fortunes of the people who believe in Joseph Smith as the prophet of God, from the day in which the doctrine was first broached amid the hatred and the derision of a few, to the present day, when the sect is too powerful and too sincere to be derided." Illustrated with frontispiece and 11 plates. Cloth blind-decorated with image of the Nauvoo Temple one each board. First published under this title in 1856, Smucker's work is a revision, with two new chapters, of The Mormons, or Latter-Day Saints, which was edited by Charles Mackay and published in London in 1851. Flake & Draper 5188. See Sabin 77713. Owner inkstamp.
Scattered light foxing. Original cloth lightly soiled with light rubbing to spine ends and corners, spine gilt bright. A near-fine copy.