BOOKS FOR SALE
in The Electric Bookshop
. . . study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books,
and with languages, tongues, and people.
(Kirtland, Ohio, March 8, 1833)
Doctrine and Covenants 90:15
book: a number of printed pages fastened together and enclosed in a cover; a literary composition, a treatise, a major unit of a literary composition . . . (Old English: boc, writing tablet).
BOOKS unite us with one another, living and dead. They become our informants, our entertainers and, as Petrarch expressed it in the late Middle Ages,
. . . friends illustrious in speech, intelligence, government, war; not difficult; they are content with a corner in my humble house, never reluctant or boring, eagerly obedient to my command, ready to come or go at my call. Now these, now those I interrogate, and they answer me at length, telling their tales and singing their songs. Some explore the secrets of nature, some give counsel on better living and better dying; some tell their own high deeds and those of past heroes, and make old times live again in their words. Some drive away my distresses with their cheer, and bring back laughter to me with their fun. Some teach me to bear all burdens, to hope for nothing, to know myself. They are the artificers of peace, war, agriculture, law, navigation. They raise me up in adversity, curb me in prosperity, bid me look to the end, remind me of the swift days and of life's brevity. For all these gifts they ask a small price--only an open door to my house and heart, for hostile fate has left them few refuges in the world and only reluctant friends. If they are admitted, they think any lurking-place a mansion, and lie trembling until the frigid clouds may pass and the Muses again be welcomed. They do not require that silken hangings cover my bare walls or that rich foods perfume my table, or that my halls resound with the clamor of many servants attending a throng of guests. My sober troop of books are content with their own provisions and share them with me, as I sit wearily on my rose-colored bench. They give me sacred food and pour me sweet nectar."
-Epistolae Metricai I,6
SOME of the books shown on this site have been repaired or restored - even preserved in elegant leather-backed folding archival boxes. When this is the case, you will always see the fact noted in my descriptions.
FINE PRESERVATION WORK requires years of specialized training and experience. To find the right person to do your repairs (and one who can complete the work without making you wait a year!) is often daunting. I am therefore happy to recommend an expert conservator and friend not far from Palmyra, New York, to whom I send all my books which I cannot repair myself. He knows these bindings and how to bring them back to life in a scientific manner which will enhance their value and offer them long and stable lives . . .
FRED JORDAN, BOOKBINDER
Jules REMY. VOYAGE AU PAYS DES MORMONS. Paris, 1860. A beautiful set with all plates and the folding map. $1,100
FIRST EDITION of the most famous Continental European traveller's account of Utah and the Mormons. Two Volumes. Original bindings, attractive inside and out! Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
THE UNITARIAN. 1834 complete volume (no more published). $2,000
Virtually unknown today, but containing one of the very earliest and most incisive original book reviews of the Book of Mormon. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Colonel INMAN and BUFFALO BILL join forces to write THE GREAT SALT LAKE TRAIL . . . 1898. $90
First edition. Such stories! And great illustrations as well. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
FOR MORE EXPENSIVE PRINTED MATERIAL, take a deep breath, grab your wallet, and walk down my forest trail in quest of TREASURES NOW . . .
BOOKS WHICH HAVE NOW SOLD APPEAR BELOW, listed here for general information and reference . . .
1849 BOOK OF MORMON
in excellent condition.
Sold (2006) for $9,100.00.
Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Uncommon Salesman's Sample ("Publisher's Dummy") of BEADLE's POLYGAMY, Or, THE MYSTERIES AND CRIMES OF MORMONISM, 1904. In very nice condition. $150**SOLD**
Forty-five lurid illustrations and a special promotional leaf, complaining of continued polygamy among the Mormons. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
THE HISTORY OF THE SAINTS ; Or, An Exposé of JOE SMITH And MORMONISM. By John C. Bennett. Boston., 1842.
A classic and influential work in exceptional condition. Includes the first published portrait of Joseph Smith. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Eber D. Howe's famous MORMONISM UNVAILED (first edition, 1834). Click here to go directly to the Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description . . .
B. H. ROBERTS' Recent Discussion of Mormon Affairs, 1907. SOLD::$75::
A trifle shocking by today's standards. The revered General Authority/scholar repudiates Orson Pratt's Seer, and suggests that apostles can easily make doctrinal errors. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Charles B. Thompson's elusive EVIDENCES IN PROOF OF THE BOOK OF MORMON . . . Batavia, N. Y.: Published by D. D. Waite., 1841.
With the author's folk verse describing a celestial phenomenon witnessed near the Kirtland Temple in 1838. In the uncommon original leather spine. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Professor Charles ANTHON praised, in THE UNITED STATES MAGAZINE AND DEMOCRATIC REVIEW, 1839. **SOLD**$175
A handsome volume (and a substantial article showing the importance of a man described by Nephi in the Book of Mormon?) Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
FOGG, William Perry. "Round the World." LETTERS FROM JAPAN, CHINA, INDIA, AND EGYPT. By Wm. Perry Fogg. Cleveland, Ohio [privately printed], 1872. ::SOLD::
He spoke with Brigham Young and shares it all, right down to the false teeth. Oh, by the way - he was Jules Verne's inspiration for the name of the hero "Phileus Fogg" who traveled Around the World in Eighty Days ! Signed on his original albumen portrait frontispiece. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
[TAYLOR, J.] THE STOCKTON CRITIC; A LOCAL MISCELLANY, . . . By "CRITICUS." . . . Middlesbrough: Joseph Gould, n.d. (but 1877?). ::SOLD::$750
Not in Flake, but describing early Mormon British meetings. Signed by the "anonymous" author, with his original photograph pasted in! Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
WHITNEY, Orson Ferguson (1855-1931; ordained APOSTLE April 9, 1906 by Joseph F. Smith). LOVE AND THE LIGHT; An Idyl of the Westland . . . [Salt Lake City, Utah: Copyright, 1918, Joseph F. Smith, Trustee-in-Trust]. ::SOLD::$40
With a personal TYPED LETTER SIGNED from HEBER J. GRANT with interesting overtones. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Howard EGAN's PIONEERING THE WEST . . . 1917. $250**SOLD**
The first edition of this important 1847 Mormon pioneer's reminiscences, with illustrations. And what great condition! Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
THE BOOK OF MORMON. Translated by Joseph Smith, Jun. Plano, Illinois, 1874. $1,500::SOLD::
The First Edition to be published by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
LLYFR MORMON. Merthyr-Tydfil, Wales, 1852. $2,500::SOLD::
The First Welsh Edition of the Book of Mormon, in a handsome binding.. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Peter CRAWLEY's DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE MORMON CHURCH. . . . 1830-1847. Provo, Utah, 1997. $100::SOLD::
The single most informative and accurate reference book about the earliest Latter-day Saint publications. Signed by the author. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
James E. Talmage's famous HOUSE OF THE LORD . . . 1912. $75**SOLD**
First edition, with pictures of the interior of the Salt Lake Temple, here published by the Church for the first time. Click here - or on the picture - for a detailed illustrated description.
Picture at the top of this page: The Iliad and the Odyssey: 1880 volumes once owned and signed by Lorenzo Snow. Ornate cloth bindings like these were once widely available, perfect for casual display in Victorian-era homes. Offered for sale above.