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Worthy of Another Look: John Gilbert’s 1892 Account of the 1830 Printing of the Book of Mormon
TitleWorthy of Another Look: John Gilbert’s 1892 Account of the 1830 Printing of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSkousen, Royal
JournalJournal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture
Volume21
Issue2
Pagination58-72
Type of ArticleWorthy of Another Look
Keywords1830 Book of Mormon; Early Church History; Grammar; John Gilbert; Original Manuscript; Palmyra, NY; Printer's Manuscript; Structure
Abstract

In 1892, when John Gilbert was 90 years old, he made a statement about the process of setting the type for the Book of Mormon at the Grandin Print Shop. John was the compositor (or typesetter) for the 1830 edition of the book. He makes claims about the number of manuscript pages, the number of copies and the price, the number of ems (a measure of type width) per printed page, a comparison of manuscript versus printed pages, a description of the font, the process of receiving the pages to typeset, proofreading the title page, the decision not to correct grammatical errors, scribes for the printer’s manuscript, paragraphing and punctuation, capitalization in the manuscript, Gilbert’s taking work home to punctuate, and details about the signatures. In every aspect, Gilbert’s recollections are either precisely correct or easily explained.

URLhttp://publications.mi.byu.edu/publications/jbms/21/2/S00005-510c2afb8c5ad5-Skousen.pdf

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