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Book of Mormon, 1830

The First Book of Nephi: His Reign and Ministry

THE FIRST BOOK OF NEPHI.
his reign and ministry.

1 Nephi, Chapter 1 [1 Nephi 1–5]

CHAPTER I.
 
An account of Lehi and his wife Sariah, and his four Sons, being called, (beginning at the eldest,) Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. The Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem, because he prophesieth unto the people concerning their iniquity; and they seek to destroy his life. He taketh three days’ journey into the wilderness with his family. Nephi taketh his brethren and returns to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews. The account of their sufferings. They take the daughters of Ishmael to wife. They take their families and depart into the wilderness. Their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness. The course of their travels. They come to the large waters. Nephi’s brethren rebelleth against him. He confoundeth them, and buildeth a Ship. They call the place Bountiful. They cross the large waters into the promised land, &c. This is according to the account of Nephi; or, in other words, I Nephi wrote this record.
 
I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days—nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record in the language of my proceedings in my days; yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians. And I know that the record which I make, to be true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.
For it came to pass, in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father Lehi having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days;) and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people, that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed. [p. [5]]

The First Book of Nephi: His Reign and Ministry

THE FIRST BOOK OF NEPHI.
his reign and ministry.

1 Nephi, Chapter 1 [1 Nephi 1–5]

CHAPTER I.
 
An account of Lehi and his wife Sariah, and his four Sons,  being called, (beginning at the eldest,) Laman, Lemuel,  Sam, and Nephi. The Lord warns Lehi to depart out of  the land of Jerusalem, because he prophesieth unto the peo ple concerning their iniquity; and they seek to destroy his  life. He taketh three days’ journey into the wilderness  with his family. Nephi taketh his brethren and returns to  the land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews. The ac count of their sufferings. They take the daughters of Ish mael to wife. They take their families and depart into the  wilderness. Their sufferings and afflictions in the wilder ness. The course of their travels. They come to the large  waters. Nephi’s brethren rebelleth against him. He con foundeth them, and buildeth a Ship. They call the place  Bountiful. They cross the large waters into the promised  land, &c. This is according to the account of Nephi; or,  in other words, I Nephi wrote this record.
 
I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I  was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and  having seen many afflictions in the course of my days—never theless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days;  yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the  mysteries of God, therefore I make a record in the language of my procee dings in my days; yea, I make a record in the language of my  father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the lan guage of the Egyptians. And I know that the record which I  make, to be true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I  make it according to my knowledge.
For it came to pass, in the commencement of the first year  of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father Lehi hav ing dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days;) and in that same year  there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people, that  they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed. [p. [5]]
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Known as Swift’s Landing and Tolland before being renamed Palmyra, 1796. Incorporated, Mar. 1827, two years after completion of adjacent Erie Canal. Population in 1820 about 3,700. Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith family lived in village briefly, beginning ...

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NY: Joseph Smith Jr., 1830; [i]–[590] pp.; includes typeset signature marks and copyright notice. The copy presented here is held at CHL; includes pasted newspaper clippings, bookplate, selling price and signature of former owner, and library markings.
This book was printed on thirty-seven sheets and folded into thirty-seven gatherings of eight leaves each, making a text block of 592 pages. The last printed leaf—bearing the signed statements of witnesses—is not numbered. The book includes two blank front flyleaves and two blank back flyleaves (other copies have three back flyleaves). The pages of the book measure 7¼ × 4⅝ inches (18 × 12 cm).
The book is bound in brown calfskin, with a black label on the spine: “BOOK OF | MORMON”. The spine also bears seven double-bands in gilt. The book measures 7½ × 4¾ × 1¾ inches (19 × 12 × 4 cm). To the inside front cover are affixed four clippings of descriptions of different versions of first edition copies of the Book of Mormon and of an 1854 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, along with a clipping describing the origin of the text of the Book of Mormon and a bookplate of the “Shepard Book Company” of Salt Lake City, Utah. There is also a pencil notation: “CEEY- | asxx”. The recto of the first front flyleaf bears one clipping describing a first edition Book of Mormon for sale and several notations in pencil: “1st Edition” and “$50.00 | BS KN”. Pencil notation on verso of first flyleaf: “1st Edition” and “M222.1 | B724 | 1830 | #8”. Pen notation on recto of second front flyleaf: “James H Moyle | March 22 1906”. The page edges are decorated with a light blue speckled stain.
The price notation inscribed in the front of the book suggests that the book was sold. It is uncertain when this volume was placed in the care of the Church Historian’s Office.

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