List 3

Here is another sampling of our extensive inventory of Mormon collectibles. We hope you find something of interest. Watch for more lists in the near future and on a regular basis. Since these items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, we suggest you contact us right away with an order for anything you know you want.


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1.  Bentley, Joseph T. Life and Family of Joseph T. Bentley: An Autobiography. Self Published, 1982. First edition. 567 pp. Hardback. Inscribed inside front cover by Bentley. NF. He identifies and briefly describes receiving his second anointing on page 142. After the book had been published Bentley was cautioned about including details of this ordinance and so he placed a white sticker over the passage in the book before distributing copies of it. In this copy that sticker has been removed but has left behind some residue. Bentley was a longtime educator and later served as mission president (twice) and YMMIA superintendent.

$225  SOLD

2.  [Book of Mormon—Hawaiian] Ka Buke a Moramona. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1905. 2nd ed. 675 + xxiv pp. Hardcover. Original cloth boards with gilt stamping, black cloth or leatherette made to look like a 3/4 leather binding with modern gilt stamping; new marbled endsheets; previous owner’s name appears on blank front endsheet as well as the half title page. VG+. The ultra-rare first edition of the Book of Mormon in Hawaiian was published in 1855—most of the 2000 copies were never bound and likely destroyed in a fire. Five decades later, Jacob Gates (husband of Susa Young)—who had earlier served in the Sandwich Islands—was assigned to prepare a new edition. As part of his efforts, he cut up two copies of the first edition and made scrapbooks in which he made corrections. The previous owner was a missionary to Hawaii: Wallace H. Penrose, grandson of Charles W. Penrose (who set him apart as a missionary).

$350 SOLD

3.  Halverson, W. Dee. Bonneville International Corporation: Historical Record 1992-2001. Heritage Associates, LLC, 2013. 203 pp. Hardback. F. Following his compilation of the company from 1922 (with the founding what became KSL) to 1992, Dee Halverson gathered an overview of corporate history since 1992, derived from corporate records and several oral history interviews with company board and staff members. As Halverson notes in the introduction, during this period “there has been more activity within the company (i.e. acquisitions, sales, trades, and innovations) than in all of the 70 prior years put together.” Also included are transcripts of oral histories with key figures during this period. According to the author, 15 copies or less of this book were produced.

$150 SOLD

4.  [Jessop, Joseph Lyman] Diary of Joseph Lyman Jessop, Volume 2 – January 1, 1934 – April 21, 1945. NP, nd [2000]. Hardcover. 310 pp. Bumped top corners, gouge to back cover. VG. Joseph Lyman Jessop was born in Millville, home to many early fundamentalists. In the early 1920, he—along with his father—went to work at the Nathaniel Baldwin radio factory. There, they became acquainted with the “who’s who” of the burgeoning movement. In association with brothers-in-law John Y. Barlow, Ianthus W. Barlow and J. Leslie Broadbent, Jessop quickly became a key figure in the development of fundamentalism, particularly the growth of the Short Creek settlement. In March 1944, Lyman, along with several dozen associates were arrested—the next year, fifteen of them (including Jessop) would be imprisoned. In 1952, Lyman was called to a new council organized by Joseph W. Musser, which would form the basis of the Apostolic United Brethren. The diaries (privately printed) were done in small numbers—no complete set is currently available for sale anywhere.

$150 SOLD

5.  [Johnson, Alan] Johnson, Alan P. Aaron Johnson, Faithful Steward: A Documentary History. Publishers Press, 1991. 652 pp. Hardback. Slight shelf wear at corners of dust jacket. NF. Johnson was one of the founders of Springville, Utah, in 1850 and served as the first bishop there for 20 years. He was implicated, but not convicted, in the Parrish-Potter murders that took place there in 1857, during the height of the religious fervor of the Mormon Reformation. Springville served as a key waypoint in the move south, putting Johnson at the center of the action. The book, written by a sympathetic descendant, draws on several Aaron Johnson collections, including his correspondence at the Church History Library. Steadily increased in value over the years.


6.  [Kingsbury, Joseph C.] Cook, Lyndon W. Joseph C. Kingsbury: A Biography. Provo: Grandin Book Company, 1985. 272 pp. Hardback. A few small tears and creases to dust jacket. VG. Joseph Corrodon Kingsbury (1812-1898) was an early convert to Mormonism, being baptized in Kirtland in 1832.  He was witness to all the major events of Mormon history, having married the daughter of bishop Newel K. Whitney.  Perhaps his most notable contribution came in 1843 when he copied the revelation on plural marriage—this copy was later used for official purposes and publication. Cook’s treatment of Kingsbury draws on journals, several life histories written by Kingsbury and other primary sources. One of the more difficult to find Grandin publications.


7.  [Law, William] Cook, Lyndon W. William Law: Biographical Essay. Nauvoo Diary. Correspondence. Interview. Grandin Book Company, 1994. 164pp. Hardback. As new. Not long after his arrival in Nauvoo, William Law (a Canadian convert) became a member of the First Presidency. Slowly, disagreements with Joseph Smith over political and other matters-most notably, he was opposed to plural marriage-until he was removed from the First Presidency and then excommunicated.  Portions of this book appeared in slightly different form as articles in BYU Studies (apparently, Cook planned to issue an essay collection entitled The Gospel According to William at one point)—the diary and interviews are unique to the book.


8.  [Little, Feramorz] Little, James Amasa. Biographical Sketch of Feramorz Little. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1890. 191 pp. Flake-Draper 4949. Full black leather with title in gilt on front cover and spine and white floral endsheets, a.e.g.. Rebacked–no stamping on spine. Covers and stamping unusually nice. VG. Feramorz Little, a nephew of Brigham Young, tried his hand at various trades without much success during his early years. After coming to Utah Territory, his fortunes turned to the positive. Using his connections with key figures in the area, he became involved in several prominent ventures: the first saloon in Utah, lumber and grist mills, railroads and the territorial penitentiary (which would later house many polygamy convicts). Following his baptism (despite his family connections, he had never joined Mormonism), he continued gaining prominence, joining the Council of Fifty while also serving as mayor of Salt Lake City for three terms. Following Little’s death in 1887, his younger brother James was commissioned by the family—impressed by his biography of uncle Lorenzo Dow Young (finally published in the Utah Historical Quarterly in 1946)—to extend the same treatment to his brother’s accomplished life.


Another copy. Full black leather with title in gilt on front cover and spine and white floral endsheets, a.e.g.. Leather along edges is heavily rubbed with chips missing from head spine and the corners being rubbed through. Top half of spine has been glued down and the bottom half of the spine has been supplied as a repair. Part of title in gilt on spine is missing. Text block is tight and sound. Near VG. $600

9.  Lund, John Lewis. Understanding Your Patriarchal Blessing. Noble Publishing, 1980. Hardback. 99pp. No dust jacket. Bound upside down, minor rubbing to edges, small tear on Table of Contents page. VG. Lund, director of the Logan Institute at the time of publication, was asked by a secretary to the Quorum of the Twelve to remove the book from circulation immediately after release. Lund complied and recalled nearly all copies that had been distributed. Later, Lund learned that church leaders were uncomfortable with someone in his position opining on something they felt to be sacred. As part of the fallout of the publication, Lund lost his position in CES. Several years later he was rehired with the inference being that church leaders should not involve themselves in private publications. A very affordable copy of this true modern rarity.

$225 SOLD

10.  Nelson, Russell Marion. From Heart to Heart An Autobiography. Quality Press, Inc., 1979. Hardback. 481pp.  Name inside front cover and notes inside rear cover; approximately a dozen scattered pages with underlining in pen. VG. One of the most well-known general authority autobiographies (despite its rarity) due mainly to its candid and intimate details. For example, he relates a dream in which Harold B. Lee (following his death) appeared and said that “the revelations received and the actions subsequently taken by President Kimball were the very same as would have been received and performed by President Lee had he remained as the prophet.” Nelson also makes an oblique reference to receiving his second anointing, adding to the book’s intrigue. Foreword by Spencer W. Kimball. Scarce.

$750 SOLD

11.  Piercy, Frederick  [Edited by James Linforth]. Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley Illustrated with Steel Engravings and Wood Cuts From Sketches by Frederick Piercy. Bedford, Mass.: Franklin D. Richards, 1855. First edition. 120pp. Nine woodcuts, 30 plates.  Flake-Draper 6381. Original 3/4 red leather over red cloth with decorative marbled endsheets (possibly modern). Title in gilt on front cover and spine; spine has 5 raised bands and gilt designed panels. Minor chipping and losses of leather to head and foot of spine as well as along outer hinge near bottom of spine; covers are moderately soiled and rubbed; edges and corners heavily rubbed; bears bookplate of “Private Library of Levi Edgar Young”; unlined paper bearing signature of Franklin D. Richards, Great Salt Lake City is laid in – unverified signature; small closed tear on right margin of foldout map; pages and plates are quite clean. Collates complete with all plates/guards present. VG. Route took several steps before getting to its final iteration. The first stage envision a simple collection of engravings produced from drawings made by Frederick Piercy during an 1853 trip to Utah Territory. Following his return to England, an accompanying trip narrative was planned and, finally, an account of Mormon emigration and advice to those making the trip. The work was issued in fifteen parts and agents peddled subscriptions throughout the British Mission. “One of the most elaborately and beautifully illustrated of western books.” (Howes, U.S. IANA, 348) While the provenance of this copy is solid, the tipped in page with the signature of Franklin D. Richards is quite possibly a Mark Hofmann “original.” Though the print run is estimated at 2500 copies, relatively few complete sets have survived, particularly in this good of condition (“a large potion of the edition was water-damaged while in transit to New York.” [Howes, U.S. IANA, 348]) Copies we have seen offered for sale elsewhere in the past several years have been at substantially higher prices.


12.  Roberts, B. H. Plural Marriage: The Mormon Marriage System: A Series of Articles From the Pen of the Late B. H. Roberts of the First Council of Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And From Other Sources. With Introduction and Footnotes by the Editor of Truth. Salt Lake City: Truth Publishing Company, [1936?]. 24pp. Green printed wrappers. Wraps. VG.  By the mid-1930s, Mormon fundamentalists were well on the way to becoming a distinctive body. As part of this development, a periodical—Truth, under the editorship of Joseph Musser—argued for key principles. Using a series of articles penned by B. H. Roberts in 1884 for the Contributor, Musser commented on the necessity of “the principle” for salvation. The piece first appeared in the July 1, 1936, issue of Truth—this offprint was likely produced around that time. One of the more difficult B. H. Roberts items to acquire—also one of the earliest fundamentalist publications.

$100 SOLD

13.  Selman, Mormon V. Dictionary of Ute Indian Language. M. H. Graham Printing Co, nd [ca. 1920?]. First edition. 20pp. At the October 1877 general conference, Mormon Selman—the son of (unsurprisingly) Mormon converts from Wales—was called with his wife to go to Indianola as part of a missionary effort among the Ute tribe there. His first wife balked at the prospect and Selman remarried—he would stay in Thistle Valley for the next twenty-two years, teaching both white and Native American children. Based on his address in the pamphlet, it was printed from ca. 1918 to his death in 1929 (the earliest known M. H. Graham Printing publication is from 1924). The terms in the small dictionary represent a conglomeration of Mormon, Native American and contemporary racist backgrounds: “baptized,” “Book of Mormon,” “tomahawk,” “sun dance,” “crazy Indian,” etc. Sotheby’s sold a lesser-condition copy of this pamphlet, in 1999 as part of the Frank T. Siebert Library sale for $1,265.00. Very rare.

$950 SOLD

14.  Smith, Joseph. History of the Church (brown leather set). Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, nd [1973?]. Limited ed. 7 vol. set  + Index. Full brown puffy leather. Top edge gilt. Gilt stamping on spine. Several volumes have minor bumping to the edges. VG+. This set was produced by Deseret Book in the 1970s in a relatively small quantity—probably about 300 sets were produced. Nicely done—a product of the unique “puffy cover” period—this is one of four times where the set was produced in leather: first edition (full and ¾ leather), LDS Heritage Library and 2008 Deseret Book edition being the other three. On average, we only see one set every three years—quite difficult to find.

$1000 SOLD

15.  [Smith, Joseph] The Testimony given before the judge of the fifth judicial circuit of the State of Missouri on the trial of Joseph Smith, jr., and others, for high treason, and other crimes against that State  February 15, 1841. Blair & Rivers, printers., 1841. Pamphlet. First edition. 47 pp. Flake-Draper 5428. U.S. 26th Cong. 2d Sess. Senate. [Doc.] 189  Small closed tear at top of first page; some creasing and rolling along spine area. Disbound. VG+. During the summer and fall of 1838, tensions between Mormons and their neighbors in Northern Missouri reached a boiling point. In October, governor Lilburn Boggs issued the extermination order, troops laid siege to Far West and Joseph Smith and associates were arrested. On November 12, Austin King began a series of hearings relating to the charges of treason against the accused. Witnesses for the prosecution included dissidents Sampson Avard, Reed Peck and John Corrill while those for the defense included Nancy Rigdon, daughter of Sidney. Includes testimony given before the court regarding the Daughters of Zion (Danites) and their asserted efforts to drive non-Mormons from Caldwell Co., Missouri.  Says, in part, “The covenant taken by all the Danite band was as follows, to wit: they declared, holding up their right hands, ‘in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, I do solemnly obligate myself ever to conceal, and never to reveal, the secret purposes of this society called the Daughters of Zion. Should I ever do the same, I hold my life as the forfeiture.'”  Very early—only the fourth U.S. government document to mention the Mormons.

$750 SOLD

16.  Smith, Joseph Fielding. Blood Atonement and the Origin of Plural Marriage A Discussion. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1905. First edition. 112 pp.  Original pink wraps. Flake 8050.  Name on front wrap, text block beginning to separate from wraps. Near VG. Continuing the often tense relationship with the RLDS Church from the previous generation, Joseph Fielding Smith (then known as Joseph F. Smith, Jr.) frequently pointed out differences between the two groups. This pamphlet was the follow-up to his first salvo—earlier in the year, he had published a smaller pamphlet entitled The “Reorganized” Church vs. Salvation for the Dead. The book arose after Joseph Fielding Smith took issue with comments made in a newspaper by Richard C. Evans, a counselor in the RLDS First Presidency. Over the course of several years, the two traded historical blows which are included. Notable in Smith’s defense is his use of affidavits—likely for the first time—given in 1869 by plural wives and contemporaries of Joseph Smith that were collected by his father, then-apostle Joseph F. Smith. In the next conference after publishing these two works, he was named assistant church historian—fifteen years later, he was promoted to church historian. Scarce in original wraps.


17.  [Snow, Lorenzo] Smith, Eliza R. Snow. Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Deseret News Company, Printers, 1884. First edition. 581pp. Brown cloth with blind stamped covers; title in gilt on front cover and spine as well as a gilt beehive and bands at head and foot. Minor to moderate rubbing to edges and cornes. Evidence of tape removal (darkening to spine) at bottom of spine; new endsheets have been added (possibly to cover up library markings and certainly to shore up the hinges. Page 92 has several paragraphs with yellow highlighting; pages 100 & 202 have Franklin Co. L.D.S. Seminary written in ink at top of page. VG. After a lifetime in poetry and other genres, Eliza R. Snow Smith (who began using her married name following the death of Brigham Young) set her hand to biography. As she notes in the preface, the book was designed primarily for family members. No contemporary advertisement appears in church periodicals, bearing out that focus. Following the first section (entitled “Autobiography” though written by Eliza) is a supplement with Lorenzo Snow’s account of a voyage to Palestine headed up by First Presidency counselor George A. Smith. The first cloth copy of this rare biography we have seen in more than fifteen years.


18.  Sortore, Abram. Biography And Early Life Sketch Of The Late Abram Sortore, Including His Trip To California And Back. NP: 1909. 10 pp. 22 cm. Cowan, 894. Flake-Draper 8281, Kurutz 593, Mattes 970, Mintz 431. Blue wraps. NF. “This autobiographical statement consists of a letter written to Sortore’s niece, Jennie Thomas, dated March 25, 1909. He wrote: ‘I was then 21 years old with no sweetheart to leave behind I joined with three of my neighbors in the great rush to California for Gold.’ Sortore left from Keokuk, Iowa, in March 1850, traveled overland via the California Trail, and arrived in Placerville, where he found his first nugget. Sortore and companions mined near Louisville on the South Fork of the American River. Eventually, he mined on the South Fork of the Yuba River near Bridgeport. In October 157, he returned home via Nicaragua.” (Kurutz, The California Gold Rush: A Descriptive Bibliography,  604). Sortore’s narrative also includes his account of the Mormon settlement at Nauvoo, where he arrived “in time to see the smoke and hear the roar of ‘Cannon’ when the Citizens fired on the Mormons to drive them from Nauvoo.” “A very scarce pamphlet, with only a few copies known to exist.” (Mintz, The Trail: A Bibliography of the Travelers on the Overland Trail, 124). Very light fading along the extremities; else near fine. Scarce, particularly in wrappers.


19.  Stenhouse, T.B.H. Rocky Mountain Saints: A Full and Complete History of the Mormons…  D. Appleton and Company, 1873. First edition. xxiv, 761pp. Flake-Draper 8404. Green cloth with blindstamped designs on front and rear covers; front cover has black ink and gilt designs; title and author in gilt on spine; minor fraying to head and foot of spine; corners rubbed; previous owner’s personal embossed library stamp on front endsheet; frontispiece is heavily toned; minor soling and toning to scattered pages. VG. Thomas Brown Holmes Stenhouse, born in Scotland, was a powerful and successful missionary in the 1850s. After arriving in Utah, he edited a pro-Mormon newspaper and otherwise used his pen in Mormonism’s defense. By 1870, he had soured on Brigham Young’s leadership and joined with the dissident Godbeite movement. A year after his wife Fanny published Tell It All, T.B.H. published his own account of Mormon history. Because of their “insider” status, both books were extremely popular and held a place akin to No Man Knows My History several generations later. A very affordable copy of this important work.


20.  Stokes, Jeremiah. Thunder Cave: The Thrilling Adventures of Giant Wigwah and the Two Little Colored Boys, Jasper and Zebbie. Told in in Eighteen Fascinating Episodes of Sparkling Humor and Gripping Mystery. Bookcraft, 1945. First printing. 220pp. Hardback. Minor rubbing to covers. This copy is inscribed on half title page: “To my dear friend and brother E. Cecil McGavin with my best wishes. Sincerely, Jeremiah Stokes, 12/30/46.” VG. Thunder Cave began as a series of pamphlets in the 1920s. Stokes, then living in Draper, pulled in prominent cartoonist Jack Sears to illustrate a book version. The first edition—published in 1932—was then revised into the Bookcraft edition. Though controversial due to its period depictions of African-Americans and Native Americans, it has been a well-loved part of children’s libraries. The recipient, E. Cecil McGavin, was an LDS historian and author of more than a dozen books.


21.  Widtsoe, John A. Priesthood and Church Government. Deseret Book Company, 1939. First edition. 410pp. This copy is signed inside the front cover by John A. Widtsoe and states it is the “2nd copy for correction” as well as page numbers 117,139, 216, 235, 266, 287, 316, 322, 323, 332, 370, 381, 384, 387, 388, 394, 395, 135, 244, 383 (written in Widtsoe’s hand) all indicating pages with his corrections. Page 83 also has numerous change in pencil. Also written on spine in faded black ink is “2nd correction.” A secondary owner’s library stamp appears on half title page (loose) as well as inside the rear cover. Moisture staining along bottom and right margin of pages throughout as well as staining to covers. Near VG.  Written as a successor to Joseph B. Keeler’s The Lesser Priesthood, Widtsoe’s account was carefully supervised by colleagues among the general authorities. Despite having so many people assist with the first edition, Widtsoe himself apparently was responsible for the corrections in the second edition (issued in 1950). All these handwritten corrections—in Widtsoe’s distinctive hand—were incorporated in this revised edition. While some are expected minor fixes, one is particularly entertaining—in the preface, Vera Stewart’s assistance (previously described as “very valuable”) is downgraded to just “valuable.” Having a copy of a book with corrections marked for a future edition is quite rare—having it be something authored by an apostle is quite unique.


22.  Young, Ann Eliza. Wife No. 19 The Story of a Life in Bondage… Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1876. Second printing. [7]-605pp. Flake-Draper 10047. Head and foot of spine are frayed especially at the head which has two small tears along the outer hinges of approximately a half inch; covers and edges rubbed and worn; name in ink inside front cover; personal library embossed stamp on front endsheet; bottom half second endsheet has been removed; minor moisture staining to plates but pages are clean. Near VG. In 1873, newspapers nationwide jumped on a juicy story—a plural wife of Brigham Young was filing for divorce, claiming neglect and cruel treatment (this just following a murder case involving Young which never went to trial). The woman, Ann Eliza Webb, was born in Nauvoo, the daughter of early converts to Mormonism. She had married Brigham Young as a plural wife (with no “official” list of his wives, the numbering is by necessity ambiguous) in 1868 but the relationship turned sour. She was excommunicated in 1874 and, soon after, went on a speaking tour lecturing about the horrors of Mormonism and polygamy. As an “apostate wife,” she then penned an expose out of a “desire to impress upon the world what Mormonism really is; to show the pitiable condition of its women, held in a system of bondage that is more cruel than African slavery ever was, since it claims to hold body and soul alike.” One of the most famous of all anti-Mormon exposes.


23.  [Young, Brigham] Van Wagoner, Richard (ed.). Complete Discourses of Brigham Young. Salt Lake City: Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2009. 5 volume set. 3186 pp. All volumes clean of any names or marking. Very minor rubbing to foredge of a couple volumes. VG+. This series makes available every known published and previously unpublished sermon (discourse, speech, or public teaching) of Brigham Young, second president of the LDS Church. The texts are drawn from various manuscript collections at LDS Church Archives: Brigham Young Addresses, Brigham Young Minutes, Brigham Young Diaries, Brigham Young Office and Secretary Journals, Thomas Bullock Minutes, Willard Richards Diary, John D. Lee Journals, and Heber C. Kimball Journals, as well as from the “History of Brigham Young,” “Journal History of the Church,” Deseret News, History of the Church, Journal of Discourses, and Millennial Star. The series includes an introduction and index. Out of print for several years now, the set has steadily gained value.


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One Response to List 3

  • Kari Kemppaala says:


    Is this set sold out now?

    History of Joseph Smith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: A Source and Text-Critical Edition, 8 vols. Smith-Pettit Foundation

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