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The Journey of an 1830 Book of Mormon

TitleThe Journey of an 1830 Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsJones, Gerald E.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination36-43, 79
Keywords1830 Book of Mormon; Book of Mormon; Early Church History; Palmyra, NY

When the Book of Mormon was first published in 1830, there were 5,000 copies printed. It is unclear how many of those copies still exist today, but each was worth approximately $5,000 in the 1980s. One such copy, after being passed from one person to another for over a century, finally fell into the hands of Gerald E. Jones. Using a note left on the inside cover by a former owner, Jones was able to track the journey of the book and discover who many of its owners were.