Portraits of the Past: Grandin printing press

Published: Thursday, June 9 2011 7:00 a.m. MDT

The printing press used to print the Book of Mormon was located on the third floor of Grandin's bay in Exchange Row in Palmyra, N.Y. The chief compositor or typesetter was John H. Gilbert, the man from whom Grandin bought his publishing business.

Gilbert lived 65 years after the Book of Mormon was first published in 1830. Toward the end of his life, he recounted some of his memories of the days when he and others were heavily involved in the process of setting the type for the nearly 600-page volume.

Gilbert never joined the LDS Church, but by the time he passed away in 1895, its membership had grown to more than 230,000, anchored on the Book of Mormon that Gilbert helped bring to the world.

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