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    P[arley] P[arker] Pratt. A Voice of Warning, and Instruction to All People, or an Introduction to the Faith and Doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints. By P. P. Pratt, Minister of the Gospel. New-York: J. W. Harrison, Printer, 1839. Second edition, revised. Twelvemo (6.9375 x 3.6875 inches; 151 x 95 mm.). viii, [9]-216 pages. Chapter VII (pages [204]-216), "A Contrast between the Doctrine of Christ, and the False Doctrines of the Nineteenth Century," printed in double columns. Advertisement for Pratt's Persecution, in Missouri, and The Millenium and Other Poems at foot of page 216, with the following note: "Our Books are to be obtained at our meetings, and of our travelling preachers, and also, at such Book Stores as we shall advertise hereafter." On verso of title-page is a $300.00 challenge which does not appear in other editions: "$300 Is offered, by the author of this work, to any one who will successfully refute the principles of Theology herein set forth. The Scriptures being the test; and the decision to be made by three disinterested persons, who are not attached to any religious party." Dated New-York, Nov. 1839. Original brown cloth embossed in a diamond pattern; title stamped in gilt on spine. The binding is worn; just slightly skewed, visible mostly at lower edge; text block becoming a little loose in the binding; head of spine with a quarter-inch tear at rear joint, a split across the spine, and a couple of tiny chips at top edge; foot of spine with approximately one-eighth-inch chipped away, and a few small areas of surface loss. Hinges repaired with tissue; front pastedown with some erasures and a few small holes; a few tiny chips to rear pastedown; endpapers browned around the edges; rear free endpaper with a half-inch tear from top edge where the paper and tissue meet. The title appears to have been reinserted at an earlier date with old cellotape; title browned and stained, with a small piece torn from upper gutter; a few tiny chips at top edge; erasure at upper corner, with pencil indentation still visible in the title and following leaf; some foxing and occasional reverse foxing. Staining in the lower corner and lower portion of text on pages vi-28, heaviest on pages 20 and 21 and 22 and 23; small black adhesion or ink stain in the lower margin of pages 23-25; ink smear across page 209; a few leaves with tiny ink dots at upper edge. Pages 109/110 with diagonal crease to lower portion of leaf, affecting a letter or two in eight lines on the recto and ten lines on the verso (no loss); small indentation in the upper margin of page 150. Still, a very good copy of this scarce and fragile work. Crawley 62; Flake and Draper 6628; Sabin 64972.

    More Information: "This second edition obviously differs from the first (item 38) at two points: chapter four is expanded with excerpts from Elias Boudinot's A Star in the West, Josiah Priest's American Antiquities, and other books as confirmation of Book of Mormon's account of ancient American civilizations; and chapter five, "A Proclamation," is eliminated. Textual changes are intriguing in view of Joseph Smith's speech on September 1, 1839, 'Concerning some errors in Br P. P. Pratt's works.' A few which are apparent at first glance: a reference to the ten tribes being assembled from the four quarters of the earth (p. 57) is deleted; the statement that Ezekiel 36-39 refers to the Second Coming (p. 78) is eliminated; the phrases 'Gog and his army' and 'armies of Gog' (pp. 80-81) are either removed or rewritten 'armies of the Gentiles'; the identification of the American Indians with the 'remnant of Joseph,' although maintained in the second edition, is made less explicit, e.g., 'remnant of Joseph (the Indians)' is rewritten 'remnant of Joseph' (pp. 180-90); a reference to the dwelling places of the Gentiles becoming desolate except for those who dwell with the remnant of Joseph (p. 191) is removed; and the reference to the 'unimpeachable characters' of Oliver Cowdery, David Witmer, and Martin Harris (p. 136) is omitted, an expected change in view of the excommunications of these men in 1838. The preface (pp. [iii]-viii) is that of the 1837 edition with the word seven changed to nine in the first line. Another change is the added notice, dated at New York, November 1839, on the verso of the title page: $300 Is offered, by the author of this work, to any one who will successfully refute the principles of Theology herein set forth. The Scriptures being the test; and the decision to be made by three disinterested persons, who are not attached to any religious party. Given the latitude of scriptural interpretation, this notice must have caused Parley some anxious moments. At any rate it does not appear in any of the subsequent editions" (Crowley).

    "The 1839 Voice of Warning exists in several bindings, a consequence of it being bound at different times: blue or brown cloth, ribbed or embossed (flower or diamond pattern), the title in gilt on the backstrip" (Crowley).

    Signatures: a-i6 j6 k-r6.


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