First edition copy of The Book of Mormon for auction at PBA Galleries

One of the great rarities of Americana, and a religious cornerstone, will be going on the block at PBA Galleries auction of Americana with Autographs & Manuscripts, being held in San Francisco on October 11, 2007.

A first edition copy of The Book of Mormon, published in Palmyra, New York, in 1830, is estimated at $50,000/80,000, and expected to quite possibly sell for more.

The foundation document of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the 588-page work is not only the single most important relating to the Mormon religion, it is also notable as being the source of the most successful home-grown American religious movement. Originally published in an edition of around 5,000 copies, there are thought to be only about 500 copies extant, and prices for the book have been rising steadily over the past decade.

This copy formerly belonged to Paul M. Hanson, a member of the Council of Twelve of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 1913 to 1958, with his bookplate and an inscription by him to John T. Conway. More Details at PBA Galleries Website