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Millennial Harbinger with 1831 anti-Mormon essay  

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The Millennial Harbinger - Volumes I & II

Campbell, Alexander, editor

Bethany, VA

Printed and Published by the Editor



Monthly, unbroken run, Volume I, Number 1 (January 4, 1830) to Volume II, No. 12 (Dec. 5, 1831). Volume I with Millenial Harbinger Extras nos. 1 & 2 bound at end followed by the index; Volume II with index at end included in the pagination, followed by Millenial Harbinger Extra no. 3. [2], 576, 88, 4; [2], 574 (misnumbered 174), 48 pp. (8vi) 20.2x12 cm (8x4¾"), period calf (or sheep?), morocco spine labels. 

The rare first two volumes of this organ of Alexander Campbell's Restoration Movement, which sought  "the unification of all Christians in a single body patterned after the church of the New Testament." The movement blossomed concurrently with, and competed with, Mormonism. Many Campbellites left the fold to join the Mormons, including Sidney Rigdon and Parley P. Pratt. In the second number of Volume II of the Millennial Harbinger, Campbell published his notable challenge to the tenets of Mormonism, called "Delusions" (pp. 85-97), which was issued separately in pamphlet form in 1832. Delusions is the important first printed article on Mormonism in book form. The two bound volumes of the first two years of the Millennial Harbinger here offered are in their original leather bindings, very rare thus.

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Rubbing and wear to covers, but sound; contents foxed and darkened with staining; overall very good.

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