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The Printing of The Book of Mormon

Image: The first edition of the Book of Mormon

August 25, 1829

A contract is drawn up with E.B. Grandin to print 5,000 copies of the book for $3,000. Martin Harris mortgages his farm to Grandin, agreeing to pay the full amount within 18 months or Grandin can sell the farm.

John H. Gilbert, who set the type, said the book was printed between August 1829 and March 1830. Joseph instructs Oliver Cowdery to be very careful with the manuscript: he is to make a second copy, allow only one copy out of his hands at a time, deliver only a few pages at a time—with a guard (Hyrum Smith delivered the first 24 pages, having hidden them under his vest), and leave a guard on duty day and night.

Source: J. Christopher Conkling, A Joseph Smith Chronology, Deseret Book Company, 1979.

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