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1868 1ed Deseret Alphabet Book Mormon Brigham Young LDS

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1868 1ed Deseret Alphabet Book Mormon Brigham Young LDS Saints Mormonism Utah



Beginning in 1847, Brigham Young and the Church of Latter-Day Saints developed a curious, English-like phoneme language. It was originally intended to more accurately sound out the English language than the more traditional Latin letters with hopes of being able to teach immigrants to speak English. This language, which came to be known as Deseret, was never fully embraced by most of America and the books and newspapers printed in Deseret are now extremely rare. The ‘Encyclopedia of Mormonism’ states:

“Those already literate had little incentive to learn the Deseret Alphabet, while illiterates would have had very little to read. The death of President Young in 1877 marked the end of efforts on its behalf.”



Only four books were published in the new Deseret alphabet: The First Deseret Alphabet Reader, The Second Deseret Alphabet Reader, The Book of Mormon, and a Book of Mormon excerpt. This 1868 printing of ‘The Deseret Alphabet’ was to be used in schools in Utah for teaching the 38-character phonetic Deseret alphabet and is printed entirely in Deseret except for the English equivalency pronunciation guide. A highly rare, early Mormon historical piece complete with 13 illustrations!



Item number: #10858

Price: $950



YOUNG, Brigham



[The Second Deseret Alphabet Reader.].



[Salt Lake City]: [Deseret University], 1868. First edition.



Details:

Collation: Complete with all pages

72

13 illustrations

Reference: Flake & Draper 2817, 2818;

Language: English (Deseret)

Binding: tight and secure

Size: ~7.5in X 5in (19cm x 12.5cm)



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1868 1ed Deseret Alphabet Book Mormon Brigham Young LDS

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