1830 Book of Mormon: Restoration of a First Edition.

We've worked on a lot of first edition Book of Mormons now, and for the most part they just need a simple clean up or stabilization.  Every once in a while we see some with major damage, or make-shift repairs, that actually end up causing more damage.

One of the more recent 1830's we worked on had quite the repair done on it.  In an effort to keep the cover and text-block together someone had sewn it together in a stab binding fashion using a shoelace.  I'm sure at the time, this seemed like a genius fix to a problem, but over the years, this kind of sewing (stab binding on a Western book) can actually cause a lot of damage to the paper.  Stab bindings are designed for Asian paper because the long fibers in these papers withstand the stress well. 

We carefully dis-bound the book, repaired the holes left from the stab binding, resewed the text block, and put the original cover back on.  We also repaired and cleaned up the cover.  Now this gem will last awhile longer without acquiring additional damage from what is holding together.  

First Edition Book of Mormon [1830] Facsimiles

Over the past four or five years Joseph has restored over 40 1830 First Edition Book of Mormons.  Most of the first editions he's worked on are from a dear friend and rare book dealer extraordinaire, so if you're interested in purchasing one, let us know; we'll hook you up!  

Because Joseph has worked on so many first edition Book of Mormons he makes the most amazing and period accurate facsimiles.  

An 1830 first edition Book of Mormon.

An 1830 first edition Book of Mormon.

The above photo is an 1830 first edition Book of Mormon, after Joseph restored it.  No book ever looks exactly the same - the beautify of hand-bound books - but all of them have certain tell-tale similarities that let you know you're looking at a true 1830 Book of Mormon, such as:  A diamond wrinkle pattern in the text block, signatures are sewn two-on on two recessed cords, a speckled blue text block edge, and a sheep skin binding. 

The insert we put in all of our facsimiles that lists the characteristics all 1830 Book of Mormons have. 

The insert we put in all of our facsimiles that lists the characteristics all 1830 Book of Mormons have. 

Our 1830 Book of Mormon facsimiles are beautifully and authentically made! 

We offer our facsimiles to the public through our Etsy shop HERE.  They are made to order, and lead time is about 3 - 4 weeks, but worth the wait!  If you're attending the Mormon History Association (MHA) conference in San Antonio this June, we'll be there offering a discount on our facsimiles and our letter press title pages too!  Find out more about the MHA conference HERE

Crossing the Bench Lately: Mormon Books

We enjoy staying busy restoring such special and rare books.  Here are some books that have crossed our workbench lately. 

1830 First Edition Book of Mormon, Before and After restoration.

1830 First Edition Book of Mormon, Before and After restoration.

A hand written manuscript of the history of Manchester England from the 1800s.

A hand written manuscript of the history of Manchester England from the 1800s.

A period rebinding of a small book called The History of the Priesthood from the 1800s.

A period rebinding of a small book called The History of the Priesthood from the 1800s.

Before and after label removal.

Before and after label removal.

Before and after paper mends.

Before and after paper mends.

Inking a plate to print a 1830 First Edition Book of Mormon Title Page Facsimile. 

Inking a plate to print a 1830 First Edition Book of Mormon Title Page Facsimile. 

Crossing the Bench Lately: First Five Book of Mormon Editions

I've fallen behind on showing our latest restoration and fun projects! 

Here are some fun before and after photos.

1841 Book of Mormon. Complete rebinding to match the deluxe edition from Liverpool.

1841 Book of Mormon. Complete rebinding to match the deluxe edition from Liverpool.

A deluxe clamshell enclosure for an 1841 Book of Mormon.

A deluxe clamshell enclosure for an 1841 Book of Mormon.

1842 Book of Mormon. Extensive work to repair amateur fixes done previously.

1842 Book of Mormon. Extensive work to repair amateur fixes done previously.

The first five editions of the Book of Mormon: 1830 Palmyra, 1837 Kirtland, 1840 Nauvoo, 1841 Liverpool, 1842 Nauvoo.

The first five editions of the Book of Mormon: 1830 Palmyra, 1837 Kirtland, 1840 Nauvoo, 1841 Liverpool, 1842 Nauvoo.

Jacobi Fabri Stapulensis, de Maria Magdalena, & Triduo Christi, disceptatio, Concio natoribus verbi divini adprime utilis, 1514. Vellum reback of the XIX Century rebinding.

Jacobi Fabri Stapulensis, de Maria Magdalena, & Triduo Christi, disceptatio, Concio natoribus verbi divini adprime utilis, 1514. Vellum reback of the XIX Century rebinding.