How one Utah rare book collector acquired a first edition Book of Mormon signed by Hyrum Smith


How one Utah rare book collector acquired a first edition Book of Mormon signed by Hyrum Smith

PROVO — One year ago, Reid Moon acquired a first-edition Book of Mormon signed by Hyrum Smith, the older brother and fellow martyr of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.

The book, still in good condition, is presumed to be the copy Hyrum Smith purchased after it was printed in Palmyra, New York, in 1830. There is no mistaking the handwritten words inside the front cover: “Hyrum Smith’s Book.”

To say the owner of Moon’s Rare Books in Provo, Utah, is thrilled is an understatement.

“Smith brother copies of the scriptures are the holy grail of Mormon book collecting,” Moon said. “Joseph, Hyrum and Samuel Smith — those are by far the most sought-after and the rarest of these early Mormon books.”

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