Sale 610 Lot 21

* [MORMONISM]. The Deseret Second Book by the Regents of the Deseret University. [In Deseret]. [Salt Lake City, UT]: n.p., 1868.

12mo (185 x 114 mm). Text printed in Deseret language throughout, pictorial title-page, numerous illustrations. Original brown cloth-backed printed boards (some overall staining or light wear, some light chipping to spine). FIRST EDITION of this phonetic alphabet. Alfred L. Bush notes: "I find [volumes in the Deseret alphabet] a curious and intersting aspect of Brigham Young's empire-building -- which went so far as to include an attempt at an alphabetic reformation" (qtd. in Streeter). Flake 2818; Streeter IV: 2309.

Estimate $200-400

Provenance: O'Connor (signature); acquired Swann Galleries, 1957.

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