(San Francisco: Printed by J. A. Dove for Geo. S. Dove & Company, 1886). 237 x 150 mm. (9 1/4 x 5 7/8"). iv, 684 pp. FIRST EDITION.
Contemporary sheepskin, rebacked preserving most of original backstrip, raised bands, two (original) black morocco labels, new endpapers. Flake/Draper 5575. Leather worn away at corners and rubbed along bottom edges, boards somewhat soiled, marked, and abraded, but the restored binding entirely sound. Leaves faintly browned at edges because of lower quality paper, but a very good copy internally, generally clean and quite smooth and fresh.
Written by the founder of a Mormon sect known as Church of the Firstborn, this work contains the revelations Joseph Morris reported receiving from the Seventh Angel of the Book of Revelations in 1857. Morris (1824-62) wrote letters (included here) to Brigham Young, informing him of his calling to be a prophet and the revelations he had received, but received no reply. Preaching of an imminent Second Coming, Morris gathered about 500 followers, who by 1861 had come together at Kingston Fort, Utah, to await the end of days. When several dates predicted for the Second Advent came and went without incident, some disillusioned adherents tried to leave the fort, but were pursued, returned, and imprisoned. These actions gave the Mormon church the legal grounds needed to put a stop to the Morrisite movement. When Morris refused a federal court order to release those he was holding prisoner, the territorial militia was sent in to enforce it and to free the captives. In the siege and skirmish that followed, known as the Morrisite War, Morris was killed and the sect disbanded. The father and son printer and publisher team who produced this work were former Morrisites who settled in San Francisco after the sect scattered, and who kept their beliefs in Morris alive. In his preface, George Dove notes that the letters Morris sent to Young "contained many new principles which have been made use of by the leaders of the old [i.e, LDS] Church whenever they had an opportunity to present them to the saints [i.e., church members] as new truths which had been retained until wisdom dictated that they should be made known." The Doves reestablished the Church of the Firstborn in San Francisco in 1876, and continued to proselytize for their fallen prophet for 35 years, though with little success. (CFB1717)
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