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    P[arley] P[arker] Pratt. A Voice of Warning and Instruction to All People, containing a Declaration of the Faith and Doctrine of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Commonly Called Mormons.By P. P. Pratt, Minister of the Gospel. New-York: Printed by W. Sandford, 1837. First edition. Eighteenmo in sixes and twelves (5.5625 x 3.625 inches; 141 x 92 mm.). x, [11]-216 pages. Chapter VIII, "The Contrast between the Doctrine of Christ, and the False Doctrines of the Nineteenth Century" (pages 203-216), printed in double columns. Original brown cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Binding very slightly skewed; corners lightly bumped, with bits of board exposed at corners (more at upper corner of front cover), and covers at joints, and board edges. Considerable blistering to cloth on covers, and a few small stains and areas of slight discoloration (probably due to dampness). Head of spine chipped; foot of spine with an eighth of an inch lost; short tear to rear joint. Front hinge cracked, but still strong; rear hinge starting; quarter-inch horizontal tear to rear pastedown, with small tissue repair, and a small chip to upper corner; lower corner of front free endpaper chipped. Slight browning and soiling; moderate foxing throughout. Dampstaining to front pastedown, front free endpaper, and title-leaf, faintly visible on the following few leaves; title-leaf with one-eighth-inch closed tear to outer edge; short curved tear to outer margin of E8 (pages 87/88); small piece torn from outer margin of F2 (pages 99/10); tiny nick to upper edge of B5 (pages 33/34). Diagonal crease to F5 (pages 105/106) into the text, affecting a few letters (no loss); crease to lower gutter margin of leaf A2 (pages 13/14) has the unfortunate appearance of being a paper repair; several additional leaves with mostly marginal creases; several leaves with corners creased or folded. A very good copy. Extremely scarce. ABPC records only two copies having been sold at auction since 1975 (in 2007 and 1991); a third copy is listed as sold in 2017 in RareBookHub. Early ink signature on front free endpaper: "James W. Phippen / Book / Nauvoo Hancock / County And State of Illinois / January 13th 1841 / Rote [sic] in the state of Kentuckey [illegible] / Logan." Inscribed on rear pastedown: "Voice of Mormons / Voice of Warning." Pencil calculations on verso of front free endpaper. Crawley 38; Flake and Draper 6627; A Mormon Thirty 7.

    More Information: "Fleeing the dissention that swept the Mormon community in Kirtland, Parley Pratt went to New York in July 1837 to preach the gospel and purify himself. Few New York doors opened to him, and so impelled by the literary instincts within him, he retired to his room to write. In two months he produced the most important of all the noncanonical LDS books, Voice of Warning. In a letter of October 3, 1837, Parley reported that he was publishing the book in an edition of 3,000 with financial help from Elijah Fordham, and that the first copies would be out on October 4 or 5... [It] was not quite the first Mormon missionary tract or the first outline of the tenets of the Latter-day Saints, but it was the first to emphasize the differences between Mormonism and orthodox Christianity. It established a formula for describing the Church's basic doctrines, and it included biblical proof-texts, arguments, and examples which would be used by Mormon pamphleteers for a hundred years. It was also an extremely effective missionary tract, and before the close of the century it would go through more than thirty editions in English and be translated into Danish, Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, Spanish and Swedish" (Crawley).

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