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The is an account of the Book of Commandments, which was the first monograph published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in 1833. The paper used to print to the book was purchased in Wheeling, (West) Virginia. The book was destroyed in press by a mob and was never completed. However, a limited number of the printed signatures were salvaged and bound. The few surviving, incomplete copies are worth thousands of dollars. The volume is Mormonism's rarest book.


This article first appeared in the Jan.-Apr. 1978 issue of West Virginia History, the member magazine of the West Virginia Archives and History, and is reprinted with permission.

©1978 West Virginia Archives and History