Latter-day Saint Life

New York Collector Finds Rare Map That Could Be "the Most Important Mormon Document in Private Hands"


A New York dealer in antique maps and rare books claims to have found the first map of Salt Lake City.

Paul Cohen, of Cohen and Taliaferro, recently obtained the original sheepskin plat map of the "Great City of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake" and plans to have it on display at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, which runs April 7-10.

"This is a major cartographical discovery, probably the most important Mormon document in private hands," Cohen said. "I can't think of any cartography more significant for Salt Lake City. This is map No. 1 of your city. How many other cities can say that? I don’t think any other city in the world can say that."


Learn more about how Cohen came to own this map and its significance to Church history by clicking the link below.


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