Here are some more Christmas shopping ideas (make sure to check out the others!)–this time, a few items that are perfect for the person who enjoys having their books signed, especially by General Authorities. As with all of our Christmas Shopping Ideas items, we are offering free shipping (U.S. only). Please call with any questions or to order.
Go Foward With Faith: The Biography of Gordon B. Hinckley by Sheri L. Dew. Deseret Book, 1996 (1st printing). Hardcover w/ dust jacket. Signed by Hinckley on title page. Inscription (owners) on half title. Slight wear to edges/corners, smudge along bottom edge of pages. Gordon B. Hinckley’s signature is not easy to find and having it in his biography is a nice touch.
The Relationship of “Mormonism and Freemasonry” by Anthony W. Ivins. Deseret, 1934 (1st printing). Hardcover. Tipped in letter from First Presidency with all three actual signatures addressed to Dr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Pack (Mrs. Pack is a niece of Heber J. Grant). Small tear to top corner of front pastedown at the hinge; a few scattered pencil markings throughout; notes in pencil inside rear cover; small white stain on front cover. Though not uncommon to see this book with the tipped in letter, finding all three names hand signed (one or more is very often stamped) is fairly rare. Pack was a professor at both Brigham Young College and, later, the University of Utah. For more information on him, see http://bit.ly/Ybbra4. $200
Answers to Gospel Questions (5 vol. set) by Joseph Fielding Smith. Deseret Book Company, 1957-66 (first eds.). Hardcover. Vols. 1 & 4 signed by President Joseph Fielding Smith. Sun fading to spine and covers of vol. 1. Small smudges to covers. This popular set (belonging to Vella Hart Wetzel), compiled mainly from columns written for the Improvement Era, is signed by Smith in volumes one and four on the ffep. $200
Spencer W. Kimball: Twelfth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Edward L. Kimball and Andrew E. Kimball, Jr. Bookcraft, 1978 (12th printing). Hardcover w/ dust jacket. Inscribed by Kimball on half title. Slight wear to jacket. This copy of one of the best-selling and certainly best written Mormon biographies is inscribed by Kimball on the half title to Steven Mabey (a family friend). $100
The Word of Wisdom: A Modern Interpretation by John A. Widtsoe and Leah D. Widtsoe. Deseret Book, 1950 (rev. ed.). Hardcover. Inscribed by Widtsoe on 3rd end sheet. Rebound, ex-lib. copy with library sticker on spine. Library markings inside rear cover; first several pages have had closed tears repaired with tape. An affordable copy of one of Widtsoe’s most popular books with a very unique inscription: “Keep well. It can be done. Patience & persistence! The Lord bless you/John A. Widtsoe.” $100
Cross Fire: The Eight Years With Eisenhower by Ezra Taft Benson. Doubleday, 1962 (1st ed.). Hardcover w/ dust jacket. Signed by Benson on ffep. Bookplate inside front cover and inscription on verso (both from owners), small closed tears/chipping to jacket, scattered pencil marking in text. Benson’s lengthy memoirs from the cabinet years (written, he said, because he was “deeply persuaded that our precious, God-given freedom is dying and because, to paraphrase another, too many good men do nothing to preserve it) are not commonly found, certainly not signed. $85
On the Way to Immortality and Eternal Life by J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Deseret Book, 1949 (1st printing). Hardcover. Signed by Clark on the title page.Front hinge cracked; inscription on verso of half title page. A nice signature from Clark in this collection of radio addresses given while he was serving in the First Presidency. $75
Father Escalante’s Journal 1776-77 (Utah Historical Quarterly vol XI) ed. by J. Cecil Alter. Utah State Historical Society, 1943. Hardcover. Inscribed by Levi Edgar Young to Samuel O. Bennion. Slight staining on back cover. A very fun association copy–inscribed to Samuel O. Bennion (1 of Presidents of Seventy) by Levi Edgar Young (1 of Presidents of Seventy) April 6, 1944. Young had a long-standing interest in history, having taught courses at the University of Utah and written on historical topics. $100