Copyright for Book of Mormon, 11 June 1829

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Be it remembered, That on the Eleventh day of June in the fifty third year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1829 Joseph Smith Junior of the said District, hath deposited in this Office the title of a book the right whereof he claims as author in the words following, to wit: The Book of Mormon; an account written by the hand of Mormon upon taken from the plates of Nephi. Wherefore it is an ab[r]idgement of the record of the and also of the , written to the Lamanites, which are a remnant of the ; and also to Jew & , written by way of commandment; and also by the spirit of prophesy & of revelation written & sealed & hid up unto the Lord that they might not be destroyed to come forth by the gift & power of God unto the interpretation thereof, sealed up by the hand of Moroni & hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by the way of Gentile, the interpretation thereof by the gift of God; an abridgement taken from the book of Ether. Also, which is a record of the , which were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to Heaven; which is to shew unto the [illegible] [remnant] of the House of Israel how great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; & that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever; and also to the convincing of the Jew & Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations. And, now if there be fault, it be the mistake of men; wherefore condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgement seat of Christ. By Joseph Smith Junior author & Proprietor.
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the , entitled “An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned;” and also, to the act entitled “An act supplementary to an act entitled ‘An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,’ and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching historical and other prints.”
—Clerk of the Dist. Cou[r]t for the No[r]thern Dist. of [p. [1]]

Footnotes

  1. new scribe logo

    Underlining with leading and trailing spaces indicates handwritten portions of this preprinted form. Handwriting probably that of Richard R. Lansing.  

  2. 1

    According to JS’s history, the title page of the Book of Mormon was “a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates.” (JS History, vol. A-1, 34; see also Title Page of Book of Mormon, ca. Early June 1829.)  

  3. 2

    When Richard R. Lansing copied the title page in the retained copyright record, he left out the phrase “written to the Lamanites,” even though it was included in the printed version attached to the record. (Copyright for Book of Mormon, 11 June 1829, clerk’s copy, New York North District, Copyright Book, vol. 116, p. 107, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC; Title Page of Book of Mormon, ca. Early June 1829.)  

    Copyright for Book of Mormon, 11 June 1829. Clerk’s copy. New York North District, Copyright Book, vol. 116, p. 107. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC.

  4. 3

    Illegible text supplied from Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., title page.