SPENCER, ORSON. 1802-1855.
SPENCER FAMILY COPY WITH ORIGINAL SILHOUETTE.
Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Liverpool: Orson Spencer, 1848. viii [but 6], 244 pp. Illustrated with original silhouette of Spencer. 12mo. Period full burgundy morocco, gilt-paneled and lettered, "Catherine Spencer." lettered vertically across upper cover, a.e.g. Lacks title-page, light rubbing to extremities, joints, and head and tail of spine, else excellent.
Spencer family copy with Orson Spencer's daughter's name gilt-lettered on upper cover and with Orson Spencer's silhouette in black and gold serving as frontispiece. Spencer, a well-educated Baptist minister who converted to Mormonism in 1841, corresponded with former colleague Reverend William Crowell and those letters form the basis of the above work. Spencer went on to head the University of Nauvoo, served as president of the British Mission, and was the first chancellor of the University of Deseret. Flake 8326; Sabin 89370.