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I enjoy tracking down early Mormon books. I have traveled over a million miles looking for these treasures. Over the past two decades I have tracked down several first edition copies of the Pearl of Great Price.
As I have studied and looked through these copies–and other early editions–I have learned several interesting facts about the origin and history of this small tome of scripture.
Here are ten little-known facts that I have learned about the Pearl of Great Price:
1) Although most of the items selected for publication in the Pearl of Great Price had previously appeared in Church periodicals such as The Evening and Morning Star and Times and Seasons, the first collection of these materials to carry the title Pearl of Great Price was made in 1851 by Elder Franklin D. Richards, then a member of the Council of the Twelve and president of the British Mission.