Adams, John Quincy. The Birth of Mormonism. Boston: The Gorham Press, 1916. First Edition. 
Gray cloth wth dark blue titles, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, 106 pp., brief marginal ink strokes or underlining here and there. Former owner's signatures on front end papers, ex Bible college library with minimal markings - two labels and an ink name stamp on the ffep. Library label cleanly removed from spine, no other library markings. Good. Hardcover.
Flake 23; Parry A.013.
"This slender volume, penned in moods similar to those enjoyed by a greater John Quincy Adams when he was berating his enemies in his Memoirs, is a religious tract the purpose of which is set forth in the preface as follows: 'It is sent forth with the hope that it will help to remove the moral menace to and blot upon our country - the greatest religious fraud of the nineteenth century, if not of all time.' Having proclaimed his thesis, the author selects topics for discussion: Joseph Smith, jr., and his golden plates, the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon, the organization of the church, the witnesses, Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris, and the contents and origin of the Book of Mormon and the doctrines and covenants. The last twenty pages of the book contain a bibliography, an extract from the Nauvoo Expositor, and a description of Joseph Smith, Jr., from the Saint Louis Weekly Gazette, of May 18, 1844." - Thomas Maitland Marshall, Journal of American History, Volume 4, Issue 1, June 1917.