Sunday, January 25, 2015

First Edition Book of Mormon? First edition King James Bible? Have I ever acquired a copy?

I am often asked, "Have you every found a first edition Book of Mormon?  A first edition King James Bible? "  The answer is, "Yes".  I'm a treasure hunter.  I have the best job ever!  This article in the Deseret News gives a brief overview of how I got to have such a great job.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

SEVEN first edition copies of the BOOK OF MORMON [1830] on display in Provo this weekend!

This Saturday (June 24, 2015) there will be seven copies of the first edition Book of Mormon [1830] on display at Zion's Mercantile at The Shops at Riverwoods (4801 North University Avenue, Provo, UT 84604).  Reid Moon, with Moon's Rare Books, will have these books on display for the public.  Bring your whole family! Mr. Moon will also be doing free appraisals on any old books, letters, documents, photographs or artifacts that are brought in to the store this Saturday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.  For more details go to:

Friday, January 16, 2015

First Edition BOOK OF MORMON [1830] for sale in Charity Auction: Opening Bid $69,950

A first edition Book of Mormon [1830] is currently for sale in a charity auction. .  The opening bid is $69,950.  The auction will benefit "GENERATIONS HUMANITARIAN".  They are  a 501©(3) Utah Nonprofit Corporation committed to transform street children toward an abundance of health, hope, and loving homes thereby breaking the cycle of scarcity for generations to come.  In their January 15, 2015 newsletter, they issued the following statement: 

"We are pleased to announce that a generous donor has gifted a First Edition copy of the Book of Mormon to Generations Humanitarian.  The donor (who wishes to remain anonymous) and Genhu have entrusted the rare book to Moon’s Rare Books of Dallas, Texas, to sell.  The proceeds from the sale will be used to provide food and shelter for street children in Peru and Colombia. With the donation, Genhu plans to increase the number of children we have at the Sunflower Orphanage in Cusco, Peru.

Friday, January 2, 2015

First Edition BOOK OF MORMON: Ten copies are now for sale in Provo, Utah!

The first edition BOOK OF MORMON was printed in 1830.  Martin Harris, a friend of Joseph Smith, mortgaged his farm for $3,000 to finance the printing of 5,000 copies.   The printing was done by E. B. Grandin in Palmyra, New York.  Now, 185 years later, as few as 500 of the original 5,000 copies have survived.  The first edition Book of Mormon is highly sought after.  The price has continued to increase.  When the book first came out in  1830 copies sold for $1.25 - $1.50.  In the 1950s you could buy a copy for $50-100.  By the 1970s the price had increased to over $1,000.  In 1989 the price was $5,000.  However, ten years later, copies were selling for $75,000!  In 2007, the first edition Book of Mormon first sold for over $100,000.  With the world-wide economic collapse, the price dropped in 2008-09 to around $50-60,000.  Now, in 2015, the price has rebounded to around $100,000.  In the attached photo, you will see TEN copies currently for sale--ranging in price from $85,000-$300,000.  By way of comparison, the first edition KING JAMES BIBLE [1611] in the photo sells for $150,000.