How the Book of Mormon Design Has Changed Over the Last 100 Years

How the Book of Mormon Design Has Changed Over the Last 100 Years

Pause for a moment and picture a copy of the Book of Mormon. What does it look like? Is it slender and blue with gold embossing on the front? Or maybe part of a thicker volume that contains other books of scripture?

But not every copy of the Book of Mormon looks like the “missionary” volume we all picture. Over the years, there has been a surprising variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and more as printers have strived to make the book itself as beautiful as the message inside. These tomes often turn into valued (and sometimes even rare) heirlooms as they’re passed down.

Check out a few of these beautiful, historical copies of the Book of Mormon:

A gorgeously gilded edition of the Book of Mormon. Year unknown.

A gorgeously gilded edition of the Book of Mormon. Year unknown.

 

1907, Swedish edition of the Book of Mormon featuring a beautiful gilded cover with "Angeln Moroni."

1907, Swedish edition of the Book of Mormon featuring a beautiful gilded cover with “Angeln Moroni.”

This 1906 edition of the Book of Mormon is the pulpit form, made from the 1888 edition.

This 1906 edition of the Book of Mormon is the pulpit form, made from the 1888 edition.

Copies of the Book of Mormon made around this time featured a table of contents that included brief summaries of the stories and important scriptures. For example, this copy tells the story of 2 Nephi with the lines “Lehi to his sons,” “Opposition in all things,” “Adam fell that men might be,” “Joseph saw our day,” and so on.

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