The Original Book of Mormon Title Page

Title

The Original Book of Mormon Title Page

Publication Type

Chart

Year of Publication

1999

Authors

Welch, John W. (Primary), and Welch, Greg (Primary)

Number

14-165

Publisher

Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies

City

Provo, UT

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Welch, John W., and Welch, Greg. "The Original Book of Mormon Title Page", Vol. 14-165. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.

Abstract

This photocopy of the title page of the original 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon gives modern readers an idea of how the book first appeared when it was published in Palmyra, New York. The first title page differs from the title page of the current (1981) edition, the most obvious difference being that Joseph Smith is listed as the "author and proprietor" of the Book of Mormon. As the copyright page explains (see chart 167), he named himself the "author and proprietor" consistent with federal law only to secure a copyright for the Book of Mormon, thus making illegal any alteration of text by those who do not hold the copyright.

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