The First Edition of the Book of Mormon was printed and bound in Palmyra, New
York in the year 1830. The book's translator and proprietor, Joseph Smith Jr.,
commissioned a young twenty-four year old printer by the name of E. B. Grandin
to perform this task. Of the original 5,000 copies that were printed, less than
600 are known to exist today.
In commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of this event, Experience Press™
has undertaken the historic replication of the original Book of Mormon, 1830
Edition. The term "historic replication" means that each book will be hand
crafted like the original, using exact and similar types of materials and
methods. This is what makes the Crown Jewel project so momentous. These books
will not contain photo-static images taken from an original. Rather, the
process will include:
Building an iron hand press
Creating period-style cotton paper
Printing pages with movable type on the hand press
Hand sewing text blocks
and Individually crafting leather bindings by hand
Fortunately, a great deal of historical data is available concerning the First
Edition of the Book of Mormon. In fact, the original compositor of the book,
John Gilbert, produced a detailed "memorandum" regarding its production.
Through exhaustive research and examination of extant original copies, much has
been learned regarding the mode of set-up, the compositions of the original
paper and ink, original collation, sewing format, type of leather, and much
more. Because of this, Experience Press™
is able to produce an
authentic and meticulously detailed work of art.
Workmanship of this caliber is extremely rare, and projects of this scale are
almost never attempted. Given the fact that only 5,000 copies will be printed
(each numbered and authenticated), these historically replicated copies of the
Book of Mormon are expected to become rare collector's items. Experience
intends to produce a work worthy of being handed down as a
cherished family heirloom.
If you'd like to reserve a copy of the Book of Mormon 1830 Replica - Limited Crown Jewel Edition
please call Woody at (801) 518-8626.