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37. KIDDER, Daniel P[arrish]. Mormonism and the Mormons: A Historical View of the Rise and Progress of the Sect Self-styled Latter-Day Saints. New York: G. Lane & P. P. Sandford, for the Methodist Episcopal Church, at the Conference Office, 200 Mulberry-Street, J. Collord, Printer, 1842. 342 pp., text engraving (p. 332) 16mo, recent half dark brown morocco over marbled boards, gilt-lettered leather label. One crease at corner of title, minor mild foxing, otherwise very good.

     First edition of an early anti-Mormon publication. American Imprints 42-2789. Flake 4601. Howes K122. Sabin 37706. Few religious organizations in the U.S. have been subjected to as much sustained criticism and hostility as the Mormons. Kidder states that he met Joseph Smith on the Mississippi River and spent two days with him. He questions extrabiblical revelation and expands the Spaulding theory on the origin of the Book of Mormon to include Oliver Cowdery in addition to Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. Daniel Parrish Kidder (1815-1892), U.S. Episcopal theologian and writer, went to Brazil in 1837, where he was probably the first to preach a Protestant sermon on the Amazon. His Treatise on Homiletics (1864) and The Christian Pastorate (1871) are the books for which he is best known. In addition to the present work, he wrote Sketches of Residence and Travel in Brazil (1845) and Brazil and the Brazilians Portrayed in Historical and Descriptive Sketches (1857). ($150-300)

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