First Edition Doctrine and Covenants
Joseph Smith Jr.
This beautiful leather bound First Edition of the Doctrine & Covenants was printed in Kirtland, Ohio. Also included with this edition is a custom leather enclosure uniquely designed with title of book and date of edition on its spine.
On September 24, 1834, a little over a year after the press in Independence was destroyed, another effort to print Joseph Smith’s revelations in book form was made. The Kirtland high council appointed Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams to select the contents and publish the book. (Crawley, 1:54). This book of revelations would no longer be called A Book of Commandments (printed in 1833). Rather, this new volume of scripture, with the addition of the Lectures on Faith, would be called Doctrine and Covenants. A year later, in September 1835, the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants came off the press. There are as few as seventy-five surviving copies—about one copy for every nine surviving copies of the first edition Book of Mormon.
The Doctrine and Covenants was first published in Kirtland, Ohio,