Description


New Acquisition.  1835 – DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS.  First Edition.  Collates complete.  Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints: Carefully selected from the revelations of God, and compiled by Joseph Smith Junior [sic] Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, [Presiding Elders of said church.] proprietors.  Kirtland, Ohio. Printed by F. G. Williams & Co. for the proprietors.  1835

iv[5]-257[i]-xxv pp. 15 cm.
This is an extremely rare find.  For every nine surviving copies of the first edition Book of Mormon [1830] , there is only one surviving copy of the first editionDoctrine and Covenants [1835].  The Doctrine and Covenants and the Book of Mormon are both part of the fixed canon of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Mormon].  What makes this copy unique is that it is in completely unrestored, original condition.  There are fewer seventy [70] surviving copies.  To show just how rare this book is–the Mormon Church, in their impressive archives owns twenty-four [24] first edition copies of the Book of Mormon. They own eight [8] Book of Commandments, but they only own six [6] copies of the Doctrine and Covenants.

This copy collates complete.  This copy is bound in its original calf binding–with gentle rubbing to the corners.  This copy did not have a label attached originally.  The title was printed directly onto the spine.  The hinges are strong.  The text block is tight.  This copy has its original wide margins.  There is mild foxing throughout.  This is an exceptional copy and is easily one of the five finest copies in the world–and the best copy to surface in original condition in over twenty years.

Background

Fourteen months after the Independence press was destroyed, the elders of the Church launched a second effort to print Joseph Smith’s revelations in book form.  At a meeting in Kirtland, September 24, 1834, the Kirtland High Council appointed Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams to select the content and publish the book.  The first part of the book (pp. [5]-74) consists of the seven “Lectures on Faith.”  Delivered before the school of the elders in Kirtland the preceding winter.  These lectures cover such basic doctrines as the necessity of faith; the attributes of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost; man’s relationship with God; and the nature of salvation.  The second part (pp. [75-257) contains one hundred revelations spanning the period from July 1828 to March 28, 1835, as Sections 1-4, 6-100, numbered by roman numerals, with two sections erroneously numbered 66 and section 7 misnumbered 6.  In addition, it includes the minutes of the organization of the first high council on February 17, 1834, as Section 5; an article on marriage as Section 101; an article on government and laws in general as Section 102; and, as an unnumbered section, the minutes of the August 17, 1835 general assembly.