This is one of the most exciting LDS related collections to ever become available. Yes, every so often a 1st edition of the Book of Mormon and other rare collectibles become available. And it is true that some individual prints are available from time to time. This collection, however, is unique in several ways:
- The sheer magnitude of the collection,
- The extremely rare pieces that are included, and
- Some very, very rare books and other memorabilia that are associated with the prints in terms of subject matter.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own many prints that are rarely, if ever, on the market, such as the exceedingly rare Currier and Ives print of Salt Lake City. Many rare maps, a complete year of the Deseret News (1877 - the year that Pres. Brigham Young died), LDS money, etc. are included in the collection.
Don't miss this opportunity. It will probalby never come your way again!
We request that only serious buyers inquire.
magnificent collection of LDS related woodcut, lithograph, copper
& steel prints is the
largest of its kind in the world. A number of the woodcuts
are in color. Most are black and white. This
collection has taken many, many years to assemble. There are
over 860 pieces in the collection; many are very rare.
The process of creating these
prints is fascinating and a description of the process written by
the owner of this collection can be read by clicking here
A number of the prints are printed
from steel engravings, and have a very high quality look.
|Click on the images below for detailed information and larger views of each.
The separation of the
"Mormons" from the rest of "polite society" after
they were driven from Nauvoo, IL in 1845 fostered
many strange ideas about these people, particularly when some of
the LDS doctrines became more widely known. The result was
incredible caricatures of the Mormon people and particularly of
Brigham Young. As the doctrine of plural marriage became
more widely known, society having determined that this form of
marriage was wrong and "polygamy" soon became known as the "Mormon
Question" or the "Mormon Problem." Reporters
and artists were dispatched by newspapers and periodicals of the
day to "investigate" the Mormons and their
"strange" lifestyle. As a result, people often
became even further disillusioned about the nature of Mormonism.
The collection is made up of
woodcuts, lithographs, copper, and steel engravings. The
collection also includes a number of books about "Mormonism"
from the same time period. Included are many miscellaneous
items such as, the entire year of the Deseret news paper's
from 1877 which also features the "black border" edition
announcing the death of Brigham Young in August of 1877.
Also included are early maps showing Utah as a territory. A number of the
prints have been hand colored. They span the time frame
from about 1840 to 1900. They are a unique look at how the
"mass media" of its day perceived the Church. There
are many political cartoons by such notable cartoonists as Thomas
Nast, and Kepler. They come from many sources, and represent
all of the pictorials of the early 1800's including many European publications.
All prints are in good to excellent
condition. Many are framed and matted for exhibition, most
are double matted on acid free mat board. All are stored
in specially built cases, for shipping and protection. The
collection includes pieces desired by the LDS historical
We will be adding many more
photocopied images of the collection in the near future and will
make a CD available of all prints (not including the newspapers).
Woodcut: (Webster's 3rd New
International Dictionary) 1) a letterpress printing surface
consisting of a wooden block with a usual pictorial design cut
with the grain. 2) a print from a woodcut.