Book of Mormon first edition to auction at Swann

A first edition copy of the Book of Mormon is to cross the block at Swann Auction Galleries in New York.

The book, published in 1830, launched the Mormon church - now an immensely powerful religious group with more than 14m members worldwide.

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The Book of Mormon is the text that launched the Mormon church

It was issued just days before the founding of the church and lists Joseph Smith as "author and proprietor".  

In latter editions he is credited as translator, in reference to his claim that the book was translated from a series of golden plates revealed to him by an angel named Moroni.

It's expected to make $40,000-60,000.

A particularly good example sold for $180,000 in 2007.

Other lots in the September 17 sale include a printing of the journal produced by George Washington on a diplomatic visit to Ohio in 1753.

The lot is valued at $40,000-60,000.

It's a second edition (the first is enormously rare) from 1754 and features a map of Washington's journey.

We have this lottery ticket signed by George Washington for sale.

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