Phinney Bible

Phinney Bible
Alternative Title
Cooperstown Bible
The Phinney Bible is significant in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1829, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery bought "a quarto-size King James translation published in 1828 by the H. and E. Phinney company of Cooperstown, New York" (Jackson). This Bible was used in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible.

This Phinney Bible was printed in Cooperstown, New York just four years before Joseph Smith bought his own copy. It is an example of an innovation in printing that came to America in 1812: stereotyping. Stereotypes were "plates of type... made from plaster of paris molds that allowed printers to print certain works without having to reset the type every time or keep large volumes of loose type set standing in molds" (Gutjahr). Not only did it speed up the process of printing, it also made storing the type sets much simpler and less expensive.
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Gutjahr, Paul C. An American Bible : A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 1999.

Jackson, Kent P. “Joseph Smith’s Cooperstown Bible: The Historical Context of the Bible Used in the Joseph Smith Translation.” BYU Studies 40, no. 1 (2001): 41–70.
Date Created
1825 AD
H. & E. Phinney
Geographical Coverage
Temporal Coverage
19th Century
Collecting Areas
English History of Writing Collection
English English Bibles
Purchased from Tintagel Books in Springfield, New York State
Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible
Bibliographic Citation
The Holy Bible, Containing The Old And New Testaments: Together With The Apocrypha: Translated Out Of The Original Tongues, And With The Former Translations Diligently Compared And Revised. With Canne's Marginal Notes and References. To Which Are Added, An Index; An Alphabetical Table Of All The Names In The Old And New Testaments, With Their Significations; Tables of Scripture Weights, Measures, And Coins, &c. Cooperstown: H. & E. Phinney, 1825.

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