This article describes where you can access images online of early English editions of the Book of Mormon.
Images from Early Editions
Images from early editions of the Book of Mormon and the printer’s manuscript can be found on the Joseph Smith Papers website and in the Church History Catalog:
The Church website offers a timeline showing the emergence of these and other editions.
Images of the original manuscript will appear on the Joseph Smith Papers website sometime in 2022 or 2023 and will be published as Revelations and Translations, Volume 5: The Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon.
Church scholars continue to exhaustively research the differences between Book of Mormon manuscripts. You can see their work at the Joseph Smith Papers Project and the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. These sites offer access to various editions of the Book of Mormon as well as analysis of the text changes that occurred between editions.
The Church History Library houses over 700 unique English copies of the Book of Mormon. To search for these copies of the Book of Mormon, you can search for call number M222.1 B724 in the Church History Catalog. You can use the filters on the left side of the page to narrow your search by publication year, genre, subject, and format.
This information was summarized from the article “Ask Us: Top Five Reference Questions about Book of Mormon Publishing.”
Back in the 1970’s a young Elder, and his companion, with whom I was investigating the Church, gave me a gold coloured Book of Mormon with the writing on it that looks like the one in this article. It was “lost” many years ago. How can I get another copy of the Book of Mormon like that?