Thirty years in the making, with 500 entries in 2,307 pages, Mormon Parallels is the most groundbreaking attempt yet in our understanding of the education, background and prevailing thinking and attitudes of Joseph Smith’s environs. Did other people discuss the origins of America's Native inhabitants, or write about such theories? Were the doctrines which Joseph Smith proposed unique to him? Has our understanding of Deity been consistent since “Joseph walked out of the Sacred Grove with a more complete understanding of God and Christ than any other mortal”? How could Joseph have known so many compelling things? We are taught that many of Mormonism's foundational doctrines present original thinking. "However," suggests Rick Grunder, "a concentrated study of Mormon Parallels teaches us to be wary of such assumptions or their implications. It also opens our imaginations to test the astonishing breadth of thought available among even the most humble contemporaries of Joseph Smith." (p. 1934)
Living in the very heart of the ‘Burned Over District,’ Grunder began to notice "Mormon" similarities and peculiarities among the writings in Joseph Smith’s “place where we lived”. Grunder’s first publication of such information appeared in 1987 as Mormon Parallels, A Preliminary Bibliography . . . Even though that volume consisted of only 238 entries and 124 pages, the study and contents were so interesting, striking - and to some, shocking - that it sold out quickly, and in recent years has commanded prices exceeding $800 due to the demand and interest in the subject by historians, researchers and collectors. It is expected that the demand will also exceed the supply of the present production.
Rick Grunder has catalogued and archived these ‘parallels’ for the past thirty years, and has spent the last few years nearly full time in organizing and arranging these entries for publication. But even as he has done so, he has been confronted with additional material found too late to include in this book. “This is fertile ground,” says Grunder, “and I am continually startled by additional material which comes to hand. These things range from the pedestrian to the profound, and I wonder if, one day, there will have to be an additional volume.” At present, we are left with a mere 2,307 pages of parallels to study, critique, research and wonder. Some 300 illustrations compliment the text, many in color or high definition, most of them seen here for the first time.
Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source was first published in 2008 as a large .pdf file only; it was updated in 2014 with additional information and again published in .pdf format. This present publication is the first hardbound edition, limited to 50 sets consisting of 5 volumes. Volumes 1 through 4 contain 500 Parallels with meticulous details and editorial commentary. Volume 5 contains the Index and Bibliographic Source material. The five volumes are continuously paginated, totaling 2307 pages. Attached to the rear pastedown of volume 5 is a Compact Disk containing the 2014 Second Edition in a large .pdf file.
Volume 1: Pages 1 - 506
Preface to the Print Edition
2014 Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction
Entries 1 – 122, Adair – Dunham Volume 2: Pages 507 - 1024
Entries 123 – 267, Dutton – New Hampshire: Volume 3: Pages 1025 - 1526
Entries 268 – 373, New York – Seer Stone Volume 4: Pages 1527 - 2043
Entries 374 – 500, Seixas – Zion’s Herald Volume 5: Pages 2044 - 2307
Bibliography and Index
Printed on Accent Opaque vellum, an acid free, archival quality paper. All volumes have been Smyth sewn and bound in Arrestox Linen.
50 copies have been signed and numbered by the author. An additional 5 copies have been supplied to the author for his use.
PRICE: $800.00. Utah Residences add 6.85% sales tax. Shipping: $15.00 (book rate, those requesting faster shipping times will be billed at the UPS or Fed-Ex rates for ground or air transport, those charges usually start at about
$60.00.) A wooden slipcase to house the set (similar to the photo) can be purchased for $65.00
3. EARLY MORMON BIBLIOGRAPHIES – out-of-print and difficult to obtain.
Below is the announcement for this limited set of Early Mormon Bibliographies.
This set was over‐subscribed before publication and sold out quickly. The set offered here is “AS NEW” Still in the original shrinkwrap and housed in custom multi-wood slipcase.
Early Mormon Bibliographies
BIBLIOTHICA SCALLAWAGIANA - CHARLES L. WOODWARD
THE BERRIAN CATALOGUE - WILLIAM BERRIAN
THE LIBRARY OF CHARLES J. BARNES - AMERICANA - CHARLES J. BARNES
Charles L. Woodward was a caustic old book dealer in New York in the last half of the Nineteenth Century. For some reason he collected Mormon Books including the Book of Commandments. His catalogue of Mormon books: Bibliothica Scallawagiana is considered the first Mormon bibliography. One need only to read a few of the annotations for some of the Mormon titles in Bibliothica Scallawagiana to conclude that Woodward was no fan of Mormonism. After a failed attempt to solicit financial assistance from like-minded folks opposed to Mormonism, Woodward decided to organize his 10-year accumulation of Mormon books and sell them at auction. His initial intention was to solicit enough financial support so that he could reprint his copy of the rare Book of Commandments in side-by-side columns along with the Doctrine and Covenants so that the reader could see for themselves the changes made in Joseph Smith’s revelations and thereby see for understand the fraud that the Mormon Church was perpetrating. —“This and the suppressed book, side by side, form a chain of evidence, that no one but a fool could fail to see, and none but a knave would deny.” Unfortunately he received little interest from others and so he abandoned his project and decided to sell his Mormon collection. Woodward realized that his catalogue was unique and would be referenced for many years to come: “As the extent of the collection will cause the catalogue to be frequently referred to, until a bibliography of Mormonism be compiled; considerable care has been exercised in the matter of collations.” This proved to be prophetic and Bibliothica Scallawagiana was used as the bibliography of choice when cataloguers referenced Mormon Books in their own catalogues, for example, see the Anderson Galleries’ auction catalogue number 1706 – Far West and Gateway Literature .
. . Anderson Galleries, New York: 1923. Catalogers and bibliographers have always relied on bibliographies to check their
entries and to reference their books—often noting “Sabin 345” or “not in Sabin or Wagner” to indicate that they have done their due diligence. With the advent of “Flake” (see endnote 20 below) it has become popular when cataloguing a Mormon book to do the same. Books found in “Flake” are listed—“Flake 1234”—or if not found are declared with some satisfaction and to emphasize rarity “not in Flake.” As early as 1923 the Anderson Galleries used this phrase to their advantage by declaring “not in Berrian or Woodward” when cataloguing Mormon books and using those two books as accepted authoritative bibliographical references. See items numbered 399, 401, 402 in that catalogue for examples:
399: Mormons. Cannon (Elder George Q.) Writings from the “Western Standard . . .” Privately printed in a very small number of copies for the author’s children and immediate friends. Not in Woodward; cited by
Bancroft as one of his authorities.
401: Mormons. Harrison (E.) and Tullidge (E.) “The Peep o’ Day . . . .” No previous records discovered, nor any other file located. Not in Berrian or Woodward.
402: Mormons. Hyde (Orson, Editor). The Frontier Guardian. . . . “ Of Excessive Rarity, there being no record of the publication in either the Berrien (sic) or Woodward collections. . . .”
The Woodward and Berrian Catalogues remained the Mormon bibliographic authority for nearly one hundred years until with the impetus motivated by Dale L. Morgan to develop a comprehensive Mormon Bibliography, A Mormon Bibliography 1830-1930 by Chad Flake come on the scene.
Charles L. Woodward’s Bibliothica Scallawagiana contained approximately 500 Mormon entries. In comparison, “Flake” as it is known today contains over 14,000 entries.
William Berrian, a book collector from Brooklyn purchased the majority of Bibliothica Scallawagiana at Woodward’s auction in 1880 and continued to add to the Mormon collection for the next 14 years. Woodward died in 1894 and several years later his son, Charles Berrian organized and separated William’s Mormon collection from the rest of William’s large book collection. (William Berrian collected books in biology, history and free will as well as Mormonism – these “non- Mormon” books numbered over 4000 titles.)
Charles Berrian sold his father’s Mormon books to Helen Gould – daughter of Jay Gould the railroad tycoon. She donated the books to the New York Public library. Miss Gould states that she donated this collection to the New York Public Library because “. . . I believe it will be very useful for students to have access to a collection that gives a clear idea of this peculiar form of error. The Mormon Elders are proselyting (sic) in many sections of our country, and our people generally should become better informed on the subject of Mormonism in order to be on their guard against these “Latter Day Saints” as they style themselves.”
Probably the most prized book in Bibliothica Scallawagiana was Woodward’s’ Book of Commandments. The book was passed on to William Berrian when he purchased Woodward’s books and from there went to Helen Gould who then donated it along with the entire collection to the New York Public Library. The Library retained possession of the Book of Commandments until 1911 when it was sold to the Library of Congress when the New York Public Library acquired a better copy.
Then there is Charles J Barnes. He was a Chicago business man who happened to collect Mormon Books, including two copies of the Book of Commandments. He catalogued his books and sold them in 1920 – his Book of Commandments sold for $320.00. To put things in perspective, in 2012 a Book of Commandments sold for 1.7 million! I have included a 20- page biography of Barnes along with a photo copy of his Americana catalogue that contained his Mormon collection. Many of the premium books in the Charles J. Barnes Americana catalogue, including his Book of Commandments