Selections from the Book of Mormon -- in the Deseret Alphabet
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Russell Bros.
Date Published: 1869
Description: , 116 pages with all text in the Deseret alphabet. Slim 8vo, blue pictorial boards with dark blue leather spine (well-worn at tips and cracking though still attached; internally clean and fine). New York: Published for The Deseret University by Russell Bros., 1869. First edition. Overall a very good copy of this scarce book.
Comments: An interesting piece of Mormon history. This is part I (all published) of an intended 3 volumes. The Deseret Alphabet was created in 1854 by P.P. Pratt, H.C. Kimball & G.D. Watt. It consists of 38 characters to correlate with basic sounds in the English language, and was intended to be used to help simplify the English language and help unite the many foreign Mormon converts. The creation of the language was one of the more unusual ideas of Brigham Young; it was never was fully embraced by the Mormons, and abandoned shortly after Young's death. -- Flake/Draper 607, 608; Jacobs 86.Bs; Sabin 83050.Edition: First
Condition: very good
Book ID: 242868