December 2013

Even though this catalog (our 60th in 26 years of business) does not have many “big ticket” items, it has many fascinating and uncommon ones. Just in time for your Christmas buying convenience, this gathering of interesting and collectible Mormon pieces hopefully contains something that tickles your fancy.

This is the  expanded electronic version of this catalog with additional pictures (click on any image to see a larger version) and items. We will also indicate items as they sell each day. We encourage you to explore our site and subscribe to our blog so we can keep you informed of future new book releases, author signings, and sales. The sign-up box is found on the far right of our home page. With best wishes for a happy holiday season, Curt Bench

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1.         Arrington, Leonard J. Brigham Young: American Moses. New York: Knopf, 1985. 1st ed. 522pp. Cloth in very good d.j with a few minor chips and soft spots. Includes the erratum slip (the photo sections are in reverse order). VG+. Inscribed on the endpaper: “For Delmont Oswald In appreciation for many happy years of association in the Utah Endowment for the Humanities. With appreciation. Leonard Arrington.” In addition to being a longtime director of the Utah Humanities Council, Oswald edited the memoirs of African-American mountain man James Beckwourth. In writing this book (one of his last major works), Arrington drew on the massive Brigham Young Collection which—having never been catalogued previously—was a first.

$70 SOLD (another inscribed copy available–same price)

2.         Arrington, Leonard J. Charles C. Rich: Mormon General and Western Frontiersman (Studies in Mormon History, Vol. 1). Provo: BYU Press, 1974. 386pp. Cloth in a near very good d.j. Chipping, tears, and creasing to dust jacket as well as fading along the spine. VG+. Following prodding (and a major donation, as noted on the half-title) by descendant Roland Rich Woolley, Arrington began to work a biography of early apostle Charles C. Rich.  Given his heavy workload, Arrington farmed out the trench work to a retinue of historians, research assistants and secretaries (a common practice for most of Arrington’s later books). The writing team drew on Rich’s diaries and other contemporary records to flesh out a portrait of this lesser-known figure. Though the book was remaindered in the late 1970s, it has become one of the most difficult of Arrington’s books to find.

$80 SOLD

Charles C Rich 3.         Bailey, Paul. Jacob Hamblin: Buckskin Apostle. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1948. 1st ed. Limited ed. of 1996 copies. 408pp. Cloth in very good yellow d.j. Minor chipping and a few tears along edges of dust jacket. VG. Paul Dayton Bailey (1906-1987) got his start writing pieces for the Improvement Era and Millennial Star. He tackled Hamblin’s life, employing James Little’s earlier account of Hamblin as well as Hamblin’s journals. Somewhat fictionalized (Bailey created dialogue), the narrative ruffled some feathers in the Hamblin family who were not pleased with the discussion of Native American plural wives and other elements of the tale. Features a very bright and vivid dust jacket.

$50 SOLD

Jacob Hamblin 4.         Ballard, M. Russell. Counseling With Our Councils: Learning to Minister Together in the Church and in the Family. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1997. 2nd printing. Cloth in very good+ d.j. Signed by Ballard on the title page. VG+.

$50

5.         (Bennion Family) Bennion, Harden. The Bennion Family of Utah, Vol. 1. NP: Junius Leo Bennion for the Bennion Family Organization, 1981. Second edition. 241 + errata + 4pp. Cloth in very good d.j. Light blue d.j. has a small tear as well as rubbing to edges. VG+. A reprint of the original published in 1931, this family history includes information on Bennion ancestors, family patriarch John Bennion and a chapter for each of his children. The most well known of the children was Milton Bennion who was heavily involved in the Deseret Sunday School Union.

$50

Bennion Family 1 6.         (Bennion Family) Eyring, Mildred Bennion. The Bennion Family of Utah, Volume III: A Compilation of Journals, Letters and Pictures of the First Generation of Bennions in Utah. NP: Bennion Family Association, [1971?]. 591pp. Cloth. Name stamp inside front cover. VG. The bulk of the book consists of the journals of family patriarch John Bennion covering 1855 to 1877.  Other journal excerpts and materials relating to John are included as well as a section of correspondence to and from Bennion family members.  The compiler (a granddaughter of John Bennion) was the sister-in-law of Spencer W. Kimball and the mother of Henry B. Eyring.

$75

Bennion Family 3 7.         [Black, Jeremiah S.] Federal jurisdiction in the territories. Right of local self-government. Judge Black’s argument for Utah before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, February 1, 1883. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1883. Flake-Draper 544. 28pp. Pamphlet. VG+. Jeremiah Sullivan Black (1810-1883) led a very active life in government service—his first major office was Attorney General under James Buchanan.  In this capacity, he reprimanded John Cradlebaugh for his personal investigation into Mountain Meadows. Then, following the resignation of Lewis Cass, Black served out the remaining months of the Buchanan administration as Secretary of State. This pamphlet contains his remarks (given six months prior to his death) before the congressional committee at the request of Utahns.

$100 SOLD

Federal Jurisdiction

8.         Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. In God’s Image and Likeness: Ancient & Modern Perspectives on the Book of Moses. Salt Lake City: Eborn Books, 2009. 1098pp. Oversize cloth in near fine d.j. Inscribed by the author on the endsheet. NF. Easily one of the largest and most attractive books published in recent memory, this extensive commentary on the book of Moses covers partway through chapter 6 (a second volume is scheduled to be published in 2014). Thanks to a year in France where he could work with less distraction, the author combed numerous ancient sources to place the narrative in context—in addition, Bradshaw includes full-color plates with relevant works of art.

$250

In God's Image 9.         Brooks, Juanita. The History of the Jews in Utah & Idaho. Salt Lake City: Western Epics, 1973. 252pp. Brown leather. 21/50 copies—limited edition printed exclusively for friends of the author, publisher and sponsor. Signed by Brooks on limitation page. Outer front hinge cracked; ink stamp inside front cover. Good. One of Brooks’ later works-for-hire, characterized by her biographer as “indeed Juanita’s worst book.”  Ironically, given such a statement, this is the only Juanita Brooks title to be issued in a limited edition.

$100 SOLD

10.       Busche, F. Enzio (comp. by Tracie A. Lamb). Yearning for the Living God: Reflections from the Life of F. Enzio Busche. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2004. 307pp. Cloth in very good d.j. Inscribed by Busche inside front cover. Scattered underlining throughout. Near VG. Friedrich Enzio Busche grew up in the shadow of Hitler’s growing empire.  At the age of 15, he was conscripted into the army during the chaotic final days of WWII. He and his wife were baptized several years after their marriage and he served in numerous leadership callings in Germany until being called into the First Council of Seventy in 1977—he served in this capacity until being granted emeritus status in 2000.  A very popular book that has gone through nearly 20 printings in less than ten years—this is the first signed copy we have seen.

$50 SOLD

11.       Cannon, George Q. My First Mission. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1879. 1st ed. 66pp. Cloth. Erratum included. Rubbing and soiling to covers; small tear to cloth on exterior of spine. VG. Cannon’s short narrative was the first of 17 volumes in the Faith Promoting Series printed over a span of nearly 40 years.  In it, he details a mission taken to the Sandwich Islands in which he baptized Jonathan Napela and helped to translate the Book of Mormon into Hawaiian. Scarce 1st edition.

$100 SOLD

My First Mission 12.       Carroll, Elsie Chamberlain (comp. and ed.). History of Kane County. NP: Kane County Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 1960. 472pp. Cloth. Inscription inside front cover. VG. Kane County, named for benefactor and friend of the Mormons Thomas Kane, was created in 1864—however, due to the Black Hawk War, most settlers left the area shortly after this. Other than the two towns of Orderville and Kanab, the county was sparsely populated and received little attention until the movie industry began filming there in the 1920s. As with other local histories of that time, DUP members scoured their holdings and produced many tidbits that a professional historian might not encounter.

$50 SOLD

History Kane County 13.       Centennial Committee, ed. Song of a Century: A Centennial History and Memory Book of Manti. 1849-1949. [Manti?]: Centennial Committee of Manti, [1950]. 1st ed. 174pp. Cloth. Names on the title page. VG. The mid-20th Century was an active time for centennial committees in Utah. Manti’s group was commissioned by the local stake presidency to write the book which was unfortunately delayed until 1950. The editor, Ellis Edgar Johnson, was the grandson of Joseph Washington Johnson—his well-known siblings included two plural wives of Joseph Smith as well as close friend Benjamin F. Johnson.

$75

Song of Century 14.       Chase, Daryl. Sidney Rigdon — Early Mormon. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1931. Dissertation. Photocopy of version typed in 1949 for the USHS files using Chase’s copy. Comb bound. Missing first two pages of table of contents as well as the bibliography. VG. The first attempt to assess the erratic life of early leader Sidney Rigdon. As was characteristic of the time, the narrative draws primarily on published sources. The author was a seminary teacher and part of the short-lived wave of teachers sent east for graduate degrees at prestigious institutions.  He later served as president of the Branch Agricultural College (later SUU) and Utah State University, the latter for 14 years.

$50

Sidney Rigdon 15.       (Church Magazines) The Ensign/The New Era/The Friend. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1971. First issue of each bound in oversize red cloth. Near fine. As part of the burgeoning correlation movement, the decision was made to consolidate the various church magazines into three periodicals designed for adults (The Ensign), youth (The New Era) and children (The Friend). To introduce the new magazines, the First Presidency sent complimentary copies of the first issue of The Ensign into nearly 350,000 homes along with a detachable record with a message from them.  This bound copy has the look of an official production perhaps made for executives or employees.

$50 SOLD

Church Mags 1

16.       (Church Magazines) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Presents the three New Official Church Publications. [Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1970.] Yellow folder containing a document entitled “Church Magazines: Past, Present, and Future.” 14 pp. 3 hole punched and stapled at top left corner. VG+. This seems to be the text of the presentation given October 2, 1970, at the Salt Palace Auditorium for the unveiling of the new Church magazines. Given that the introductory paragraphs are taken from the article “The Church and Its Magazine” written by Ensign editor Doyle Green, it is probable that he wrote this text.  The message outlines the history of church magazines, outlines ways to maximize their effect and gives an overview of each of the three periodicals.

$50 SOLD

Church Mags 2 17.       Clark, J. Reuben. Our Lord of the Gospels. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1954. 1st ed. 549pp. Cloth in good+ d.j. Dust jacket is chipped and torn along top and bottom edges with several small pieces missing. Inscribed on half title page: “Dear Bryant and Lois, With this book comes my deep respect, great admiration, and affectionate greetings. May the Lord’s choicest blessings be poured out upon both of you. May your heart’s desires be realized, May you have health and strength and His peace. J. Reuben Clark Jr.” VG. The recipients of the book are almost certainly Bryant S. Hinckley and his fourth wife (he had outlived the first three), Lois Anderson. Hinckley served as both stake and mission president as well as president of the general board of the YMMIA. He was the brother of Apostle Alonzo A. Hinckley and the father of Gordon B. Hinckley. Clark had been working on this for some time—in his diary he noted that “he had prepared this Outline in 1935-36.”  He apparently had also written an extensive set of introductory notes that were not published.

$125 SOLD

 

18.       Cook, Lyndon. Joseph C. Kingsbury: A Biography. Provo: Grandin Book, 1985. 272pp. Cloth in very good d.j. Minor rubbing and wear to dust jacket. Name on title page. VG. Joseph Corrodon Kingsbury (1812-1898) was an early convert to Mormonism, being baptized in Kirtland in 1832.  He was witness to all the major events of Mormon history, having married the daughter of bishop Newel K. Whitney.  Perhaps his most notable contribution came in 1843 when he copied the revelation on plural marriage—this copy was later used for official purposes and publication. Cook’s treatment of Kingsbury draws on journals, several life histories written by Kingsbury and other primary sources.

$125 SOLD

Joseph Kingsbury 19.       Cowley, Matthew. Matthew Cowley Speaks: Discourses of Elder Matthew Cowley of the Quorum of the Twelve. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1954. 456pp. Full black leather. Gilt title stamped on cover/spine, decorative yellow endsheets. Name embossed on front cover. Minor scratches to leather on front cover. VG. This popular collection of Cowley’s discourses was issued in a limited leather edition of an unknown (but certainly very small) number, undoubtedly for general authorities and close associates. This copy is embossed — “Elder Delbert Leon Stapley” and comes from his private library—Stapley (1896-1978) served in the Quorum of the 12 with Cowley for only three years before Cowley died suddenly at the age of 56. He was called into the Quorum of the 12 in 1950 to replace George F. Richards. Stapley, a native of Arizona, was assigned to a committee to investigate John D. Lee’s role in the Mountain Meadows Massacre and recommended he be reinstated.  When Juanita Brooks planned to publish this information, Stapley was infuriated and threatened to excommunicate her in turn.

$500

20.       Cowley, Matthias F. Prophets and Patriarchs of the Church and Cowley’s Talks on Doctrine.   Chattanooga: Ben E. Rich, 1902. 505pp. Cloth. Flake-Draper 2563. Edgewear; doodles (crayon?) on front cover; hinges are tender; name sticker twice inside front cover; scattered underlining of first 100 pages or so; minor staining to several pages. Near VG. Prophets and Patriarchs began life as a series of short biographies that Cowley wrote for the mission periodical Southern Star (Cowley had previously served twice in the Southern States Mission—at this point Cowley was himself an apostle).  Only some of his submissions were printed before the periodical ceased publication in 1900. He planned to include sketches for the First Council of Seventy and Presiding Bishopric as well but those did not materialize. Though not noted in the preface, many of the entries in Talks on Doctrine also appeared in the Star. The two books were published separately at the time as well as in this combo edition.

$75 SOLD

prophets and patriarchs

21.       Craig, E. Boyd, comp. & ed. True to the Faith: General Conference Addresses of Stephen L. Richards, Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. NP: E. Craig Boyd, 2005. 379pp. Oversize cloth. Fine. This compilation includes every conference address from 1917 to 1959 that Richards delivered.  Of note is his April 1932 address—here titled “Election Without Compulsion”—in which Richards decries a militant attitude toward those struggling with the Word of Wisdom. A minor controversy brewed over his remarks and they were not included in the conference report, a fact noted in the source list for this compilation (they were never published until Sunstone did so in 1979). Craig was closely involved with Stephen Covey both at Franklin Covey as well as writing books with him.

$50 SOLD

True to Faith 22.       Crawley, Peter. A Descriptive Bibliography of the Mormon Church, Vol. 2, 1848-1852. Provo: Religious Studies Center, 2005. 501pp. Cloth in d.j. New. The second in Crawley’s indispensable bibliographic trilogy of early Mormon printed items. As exhaustive as he could be, Crawley notes the standard descriptive information (publisher, page count, size, etc.) but then tells the story of writing and publishing the items. In a sense, his work constitutes a history of Mormonism as told through publishing. As Curt said in his review of the book, “there are simply no other reference books that provide the breadth and depth of bibliographic and historical detail of early Mormon printed works as does…Peter Crawley’s A Descriptive Bibliography of the Mormon Church.”

Reg. $65.00, SALE $49.99

descriptive 2

23.       Crawley, Peter & Chad J. Flake. A Mormon Fifty: An Exhibition in the Harold B. Lee Library in Conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Mormon History Association. Provo: Friends of the Brigham Young University Library, 1984. [36]pp. Wraps.  Signed by Crawley. Fine. This booklet accompanied an exhibit at the Harold B. Lee Library staged in conjunction with that year’s MHA conference. The items included (as was the case with a similar exhibit of thirty items done ten years earlier) were all published before 1857 since, due to a few factors, “very few LDS books were published between 1857 and 1877.”

$35

24.       The Cultural Night for the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Dedication of Korea and the 200th Birthday of the Prophet Joseph Smith. NP: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, [2005?]. 23 + 32pp. Oversize paperback. VG+. The event was held July 30, 2005, in the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea. The evening included songs, traditional dances, video presentations and remarks by Gordon B. Hinckley. A particularly interesting item in the program describes single members as “the backbone of the Church.” The second portion of the program is a photo directory of all participants in the event. Non-curriculum Mormon items in Korean and English are very rare. Ticket stub to event is laid in.

$50 SOLD

Cultural Night Darter, Francis M.—pamphlets:

25.       Armageddon: Bear versus Lions; Light His Kingdom; Christ’s Second Coming. Salt Lake City: by the author, 1943. 40pp. Fine. His apocalyptic calculations, based on Old Testament passages, place the first Millennial Conference in Oct 1953 following the return of Jesus and his servants.  Another interesting tidbit: Darter (who was twice excommunicated) informs the reader that by numbering the letters in “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” and adding the values up, one gets 666.  Though he claimed to be an engineer, his mathematical talents were lacking—the values add up to 431.

$20 SOLD

Armaggedon

26.       “Indian Messiah.” Salt Lake City: by the author, 1947. 4pp. Fine. A brief account of the purported Indian Messiah and the events at Walker Lake in 1890.

$10 SOLD

Indian Messiah

27.       The Kingdom of God. Salt Lake City: by the author, 1941. 64pp. Pamphlet. Name on front cover; top right corner of front cover has minor moisture staining; scattered marking. Near VG. A characteristic example of Darter’s bombastic style—he combines British Israelism, Old Testament prophecy and restoration scripture to create his vision of the Kingdom of God.

$20 SOLD

 Kingdom of God

28.       Michael Adam God–From God to Man “The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” Eden “The Tree of Life” From Man to God. Salt Lake City: by the author, 1949. Fine. Using a combination of scriptural texts and statements from early leaders, Darter sets forth his understanding of the Adam-God doctrine.

$20 SOLD

Michael Adam God

29.       The “Mormon” “Proclamation.” Salt Lake City: by the author, 1963. 16pp. Scattered markings in the margin. VG. This is a reprint of Proclamation of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-day Saints (1845), Flake-Draper 1511, with occasional comments by Darter. The last page is Darter’s thoughts on “The American Indian: His Near Future and Throne.”

$20 SOLD

Mormon Proclamation

Francis Michael Darter (1881-1968) was an independent fundamentalist writer of numerous books and pamphlets (some published by Deseret News Press when he was on good terms with the Church—he was excommunicated twice). He described himself in his pamphlets as “Civil Engineer, Surveyor, High-priest, Kingdom of God.”

30.       Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1911. 542pp. Cloth. Stamped designs on covers, gilt title on spine. Minor soiling to covers; head and foot of spine worn with cloth chipped; name inside front cover; sticker residue on title page. Near VG. Printed in the last decade before a committee revised the text, rearranged the layout into double columns and removed the Lectures on Faith. Following pressure during the Reed Smoot hearings, the 1890 Manifesto was added to the D&C—it appears here as an “Official Declaration.” A very affordable pre-1921 copy!

$65 SOLD

31.       Doyle, Arthur Conan (ed. and intro. by Peter Blau). Angels of Darkness: A Drama in Three Acts. New York: The Baker Street Irregulars, 2001. 191pp. Full black leather, marbled endsheets, dust jacket. Signed by editor. 1/15 unnumbered copies. New/New. The Baker Street Irregulars is a society dedicated to preserving the memory of and encouraging scholarship on the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle. This limited edition, the first in “The Baker Street Irregulars Manuscript Series,” includes a chapter by Doyle enthusiast Michael W. Homer (known for his work on the intersection of Masonry and Mormonism) entitled “The Mormon Subplot in A Study in Scarlet and Angels of Darkness.”

$200

32.       Egan, Howard R. [William M. Egan  (ed. & comp.)]. Pioneering the West, 1846 to 1878: Major Howard Egan’s Diary Also Thrilling Experiences of Pre-Frontier Life Among the Indians; Their Traits, Civil and Savage, and Part of Autobiography, Inter-Related to His Father’s. Richmond, UT: Howard R. Egan Estate, 1917. Flake-Draper 3121. 302pp. Cloth. Rebound in green cloth — title and author in gilt on front cover and spine; decorative endsheets added; cloth tape reinforcing front and rear hinges; minor rippling to several pages; several small white specks on front cover. Near VG. Rough and tumble Howard Egan was heavily involved with the development both of Mormon society and the larger Western culture.  A member of the vanguard pioneer company of 1847, Egan would later oversee the Pony Express line from Salt Lake City to Roberts City, NV.  Not surprisingly, he does not discuss herein the murder of James Monroe (who allegedly seduced one of Egan’s plural wives), for which Egan was found not guilty. A nicely rebound first edition.

$100

Pioneering West 33.       Erickson, Ralph D. History and Doctrinal Development of the Order of Aaron (master’s thesis). Provo: Brigham Young University, 1969. 159pp. Oversize buckram. Sticky stain on rear cover. Inscribed by author inside front cover. Near VG. The Order of Aaron was an early 20th Century offshoot that centered around Maurice Glendenning who claimed to receive messages from Elias. The group believed in New Testament communal living and set up a community in Eskdale, Utah. The current governing body of the Order of Aaron/The True Church of God signed a statement saying they found Erickson’s thesis to be “true and a very good summary” of their history and doctrine.

$90 SOLD

History of Order of Aaron 34.       Evans, John Henry. Birth of Mormonism in Picture: Scenes and Incidents in Early Church History. Salt Lake City: Deseret Sunday School Union, 1909. Flake-Draper 3212. 64pp. Oblong wraps. Front and rear wraps missing; first and last several leaves have small chips and tears; staining on title page. Good only. John Henry Evans (1872-1947), the son of Welsh converts, wrote a number of books—this was his second (the first, One Hundred Years of Mormonism, was published in 1905).  Evans’ narrative is accompanied by photographs taken by George Edward Anderson of numerous locales in church history. At his death, he was working on a biography of James Henry Moyle which was completed by Gordon B. Hinckley. 

$35 SOLD

Birth of Mormonism in Picture 35.       Frederickson, Lars (ed. by A.J. Simmonds). History of Weston, Idaho. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1972. Western Text Society Number 5. 78pp. Paperback. Ex-library, library sticker removed from bottom of spine, withdrawn stamp inside front cover; library stamps on edges. This copy belonged to LDS Church Historian Leonard Arrington and bears his signature on the front cover and inside the front cover and also has his underlining and marking. In his excellent introduction, Simmonds gives a short biography of Frederickson and chronicles the long process of composing the history which reached final form in the 1920s. Arrington’s markings are confined to the 1870s and 1880s portion and seem to focus on railroad matters.

$60 SOLD

History of Weston 36.       Groberg, Delbert H. Teaching the Gospel in Japanese: A Language Study Guide Prepared Especially for the Missionaries of the Northern Far East Mission. Tokyo: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1960s?. 61pp. Cloth. Boards warped; top right corner of front page torn out; blacked out name inside rear cover. Near VG. In the pre-MTC days, often individual missions would create their own language learning materials. Groberg, brother of general authority John H. Groberg and an elder in the Northern Far East Mission, created this book to serve as a guide to learning the language.  This would have been issued to missionaries in addition to several books on Japanese and language learning in general, dictionaries, phrase cards and cassettes. Groberg later returned to serve as mission president of the Tokyo Mission in the late 1970s.

$35

Teaching-Gospel-Japanese

37.       Hanks, Sidney Alvarus & Ephraim K. Hanks. Scouting for Mormons on the Great Frontier. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1948. 298pp. Cloth. Inscriptions inside front cover. VG. This account of the life of Ephraim Hanks was written by two descendants (one was a son of Ephraim). They claimed that Eph related his life story to two different people but “both manuscripts mysteriously disappear[ed].” Drawing on the records and memories of other descendants, they crafted a narrative complete with fictionalized dialogue.

$45

Scouting for Mormons 38.       Hatch, Nelle Spilsbury & B. Carmon Hardy  (comp. & ed.). Stalwarts South of the Border. NP: Ernestine Hatch, 1985. 808pp. Oversize cloth. A few small wrinkles to cloth near bottom of the spine. VG+. This extensive collection of short biographical sketches tells the stories of hardy Mormons who populated the Mexican colonies.  The accounts, ranging anywhere from one to five pages, are usually written by descendants and constitute a fantastic resource for family history as well as scholarly research into the colonies.

$150 SOLD

Stalwarts South of Border 39.       (Hinckley) Dew, Sheri L. Go Forward With Faith: The Biography of Gordon B. Hinckley. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1996. 653pp. Full deep green leather, a.e.g, turquoise silk moiré endsheets, ribbon. Deseret Book Christmas Book. #700 of 700 copies. Fine. Though he described himself as a “normal little boy who played marbles and got in fistfights and dipped the pigtails of the girl who sat in front of me in the inkwell on my desk,” Gordon B. Hinckley lived a very eventful and influential life.  In preparation for this massive biography, Sheri Dew interviewed both the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 about their interactions with Hinckley. In addition, she notes how she “read every page of his journal, which provided an unparalleled look at his activities, motives, and feelings.”

$400

40.       Hinckley, Gordon B. James Henry Moyle: The Story of a Distinguished American and an Honored Churchman. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1951. 399pp. Half leather. Red cloth with red leather spine. “James Henry Moyle” in gilt on spine. Sprayed foredge. Decorative marbled endsheets — small pieces of tape on pastedowns inside front and rear covers. Minor rubbing to spine. VG. Card laid in — “Compliments of Henry D. Moyle.” The project started in the hands of John Henry Evans who unfortunately died in 1947.  Hinckley then took over and “used much of his material” in finishing the biography. The family gave him what Evans had compiled as well as his diaries to aid his writing. The regular trade edition is not terribly common and the leather is even less so.

$200

41.       (Hinckley)  Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley. Salt Lake City, Deseret Book, 1997. 754 pp. Full blue leather, a.e.g., blue silk moiré endsheets and ribbon. DB Christmas Book, 1997. #689 of 700 copies. Fine. Getting hard to find.

$400

42.       Jessee, Dean, ed. The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith. Deseret Book, 1984. 736pp. Full black leather, a.e.g., red silk moiré endsheets and ribbon. Raised bands, gilt title on spine, blind stamped devices on covers. Signed on t.p. by Jessee. Small scuff marks at foot of spine and at top edge of front cover. #123/200 copies – limitation label is curling up along the edges. VG+.  The current Joseph Smith Papers project has its origins in this collection of Joseph Smith documents compiled by Dean Jessee.  The collection includes every known holograph (including items that survived only as copies) as well as documents dictated by Smith (stated either explicitly or implicitly). As it was published before Mark Hofmann’s forgeries were known, six documents created by him were unknowingly included.  A list—prepared by Curt Bench and Deseret Book staff at the time—of these forgeries is included.

$800

43.       Kimball, Solomon F. Life of David P. Kimball and Other Sketches. Salt Lake City: The Deseret News, 1918. 1st ed. Flake-Draper 4622. 128pp. Cloth. Minor soiling to covers; two pen inscriptions inside front cover. VG. David Patten Kimball (1839-1883), a son of Heber C. Kimball, is best known as one of the rescuers of the handcart pioneers at the Sweetwater River. Solomon (his younger brother) is likely responsible for the idea that Brigham Young stated that this act would ensure the rescuers’ salvation—however, in Solomon’s earliest version of Young’s words, he reported simply that Young said they would be “immortalized.” Despite the claim that he never recovered from the effects of the rescue, David lived an active life—he worked on the transcontinental railroad and was also a teamster.  His death was more likely related to a nasty case of pneumonia after being caught in a snowstorm.

$85 SOLD

Life of David Kimball 44.       Kimball, Solomon F. Thrilling Experiences. Salt Lake City: Magazine Printing, 1909. 1st ed. Flake-Draper 4623. 157pp. Cloth. Soiled and rubbed covers especially at corners; top of inner hinge is cracking, name inside; minor soiling to several pages. Near VG. After writing several popular articles in the Improvement Era, Kimball was persuaded to collect these and other writings into this small compilation. Solomon, born in Winter Quarters, was the son of Heber C. and first wife Vilate Murray Kimball—he was named for Heber C.’s father. Scarce.

$175 SOLD

Thrilling Experiences 45.       King, Hannah Tapfield. An Epic Poem: A Synopsis Of The Rise Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, From The Birth Of The Prophet Joseph Smith To The Arrival On The Spot Which The Prophet Brigham Young Pronounced To Be The Site Of The Future Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1884. Flake-Draper 4625. 62pp. Cloth. Contains errata slip inside rear cover. Minor soiling to covers, top of spine chipped; name stamp inside cover. VG. Hannah Tapfield King (1807-1886) came from an upper class British background—while the working class nature of Mormonism required a bit of an adjustment for her, the public announcement of plural marriage came as even more of a shock. Her husband never warmed to Mormonism and she was sealed to Brigham Young (a “for eternity” relationship) later in life.  She was very literate and composed numerous essays and poems throughout her life.

$75 SOLD

Epic Poem 46.       Latter Day Saints Southern Star, Volume Two. Edited by Ben E. Rich. Chattanooga: The Southern States Mission, 1900. Flake-Draper 4790. 52 numbers. 424 pp. Oversize. ¾ leather over brown cloth with decorative endsheets and red foredge with title in gilt on spine and five raised bands. Leather is moderately to heavily rubbed along the spine edge and at the corners, minor soiling to covers. This copy bears a red leather label with gilt design border with the name “Patriarch John Smith” embossed on the leather in the middle of the front cover. The Southern Star was one of the shortest lived periodicals in Mormon history (lasting only two years before halting publication in Dec 1900). Apparently the brainchild of mission president Elias S. Kimball, it was brought to fruition by his successor, Ben E. Rich. The Star was a fairly typical mission periodical with news from the various conferences as well as happenings from the larger church. Of interest were periodic contributions by Matthias Cowley on doctrine as well as biographical sketches (see item #19 in this catalog). The owner of this handsome volume, John Smith (1832-1911), was the at-times embattled Presiding Patriarch from 1855 to his death in 1911.

$950

47.       Lenton, Ada L. (typescript P. Jayes). History of the Leicester Stake, 1844-1983. NP: NP, 1983? Not paginated. Oversize. Bound in red cloth with gilt lettering on spine/cover. VG+. The first Mormons in the area were baptized in 1844 and membership slowly grew until a stake was organized in 1961. The first stake president, Derek Cuthbert, later served as a mission president before being called into the First Quorum of Seventy. In addition to the general history of Mormons in the area, individual histories of the wards are given—numerous photos and newspaper articles accompany the narrative. Unit histories are not often seen for US wards—international unit histories are a true rarity.

$75 SOLD

History of Leicester Stake 48.       LeSueur, Stephen C. 1838 Mormon War in Missouri. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1987. 286pp. Cloth in very good d.j. Very small tears along top edge of dust jacket as well as a small stain on rear panel. Small brown stain to top edge that extends into top margin of first 80 pages or so – does not affect text. VG. Despite the importance of Missouri period (and the lingering memory of the persecution that spurred the exodus to Illinois), relatively little attention was given to it by historians throughout much of Mormon historiography. LeSueur’s research on the topic was first included in his master’s thesis at George Mason University.  Difficult to find in hardback, it remains one of the key sources on the period 25 years after publication.

$65

1838 Mormon War 49.       McConkie, Bruce R. (trans. by Iris Lloyd de Spannaus, ed. by Graciela Herrera de Gonzalez & Mario Casco). Doctrina Mormona (Mormon Doctrine—Spanish). Buenos Aires: Bookcraft (printed by Deseret Sudamerica), 1993. 788pp. Cloth. Small stain along bottom edge. VG. This is the second of three foreign language editions of McConkie’s influential albeit controversial compilation to be published (the others being German—in four volumes—and Japanese). Printed in a small quantity—copies that do turn up are often in poor condition.

$150

Mormon Doctrine Spanish 50.       McKay, David O.  Gospel Ideals: Selections from the Discourses of David O. McKay. Salt Lake City: The Improvement Era, 1953. 598 pp. Cloth in near very good d.j. Dust jacket has numberous small chips and tears along its edges as well as minor soiling, the jacket is also faded along the spine. Inscribed on the half title page in McKay’s hand: “To – Elder and Sister Eldred G. Smith With kind personal regards and best wishes. Sincerely, David O. And Emma Ray McKay, Christmas 1953.” Eldred Gee Smith (1907-2013) grew up expecting that he would follow in his Smith line as Patriarch to the Church.  When his father, Hyrum G. Smith died unexpectedly in 1932, he assumed that he would be ordained to the office. Doubts about the propriety of doing so swirled among general authorities—Heber J. Grant expressed no concerns about Eldred’s worthiness but felt he was too young and unproven (not to mention his checkered memories of Eldred’s grandfather John Smith).  When Eldred was finally ordained in 1947, he said the following in his first conference address: “I was prepared to give a speech for this occasion fifteen years ago, but not today. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to get burned in the same fire twice…” Made emeritus in 1979, Eldred gave nearly 20,000 blessings before his death earlier this year.

$350 SOLD

51.       McRae, Joseph A. & Eunice McRae. Historical Facts Regarding the Liberty and Carthage Jails. Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1954. 165pp. Cloth in good+ d.j. Dust jacket is chipped and worn and soiled with some rippling to rear panel as well as being price clipped; minor rippling to last several pages; author’s signature blacked out inside front cover. VG. The McRaes were called to serve as caretakers of the Carthage Jail beginning in 1938. Joseph’s grandfather, Alexander McRae, was imprisoned in Liberty Jail with Joseph Smith. Alexander had his baby son blessed by Joseph Smith while in the jail visiting and was given the name of Joseph – the father of Joseph McRae.  This history is not often seen, especially not in a dust jacket.

$175

Historical Facts52.       Millet, Robert L. and Kent P. Jackson. Studies in Scripture, Volume Two: The Pearl of Great Price. Salt Lake City: Randall Book, 1985. 446pp. Cloth in very good+ d.j. Light marking in red pencil scattered throughout. Near VG. This volume was the only one of the series not to be reprinted in paperback—it appears this was because one essay contained references to Mark Hofmann forgeries.  “Joseph Smith’s Developmental Years, 1823-29” mentions the Josiah Stowell letter, the Anthon transcript (the author mentions Hofmann by name in connection to this document) and the Salamander letter.

$85 SOLD

53.       Morgan, N. G. (historical info.). Sugar House Centennial, 1854-1954. Salt Lake City: NP, 1954. [6] + 8 + 4pp. Green felt wraps. Wrappers have minor soiling. Translucent paper covers inside front and rear covers. VG.  The first four pages detail a lavish banquet held in the Hotel Utah—the committee members include notables such as Wendell J. Ashton and Elbert R. Curtis. The historical survey (including numerous photos and the original plat covering the Sugar House area with lot owners) presents the long struggle to produce sugar which eventually proved ineffective.

$35 SOLD

Sugar House Centennial 54.       (Mormonism Exposed) See Flake-Draper 5549b.

Goodrich, E. S., Esq. Mormonism Unveiled. The Other Side. From an American Standpoint (No. 2). [Salt Lake City: Deseret News], 1884. Flake-Draper 3616. 12pp (continuously paginated). Pamphlet. Fine. Part of a series of five pamphlets (the other four bearing the title Mormonism Exposed) written by different authors—this text was originally printed in the Chicago Times. Despite the ominous sounding titles, the pamphlets were actually printed by the Deseret News. Feeling that the writer had “conscientiously endeavored to view the subject in its proper light and then tell truth, so far as his comprehension of the subject,” the editor felt that “we can therefore heartily recommend this pamphlet, notwithstanding a few inaccuracies, to the Saints as well as to the world.” Among other topics, the author argued against Mormon stereotypes by analyzing criminal statistics and showing that Mormons constituted a majority of population but a minority of arrests.

Kimball, Rev. John C. Mormonism Exposed. The Other Side. A Clergyman’s View of the Case (No. 4). [Salt Lake City: Deseret News], 1884. Flake-Draper 4619. 17pp (continuously paginated). Pamphlet. Fine. The fourth in the above-mentioned series printed by the Deseret News—text copied from the Boston Index. Kimball apparently visited Salt Lake City and discussed Mormon stereotypes with various religious officials living there. The bulk of the pamphlet is composed of these opinions along with similar thoughts published in newspapers throughout the country.

Young, Richard W., Esq. Mormonism Exposed. The Constitution and the Territories. A Lawyer’s View. (No. 5). [Salt Lake City: Deseret News], 1885. Flake-Draper 10109. 26pp (continuously paginated). Pamphlet. Fine. The fifth and final installment of the pamphlets printed by the Deseret News. It seems very likely that the author of this pamphlet is Richard Whitehead Young (1858-1919), a grandson of Brigham Young.  The only information given about the author in the pamphlet is “of New York.” The supposed author graduated from Columbia Law School and was then admitted to the bar in New York.

$350

55.       Mulder, William. Homeward to Zion: The Mormon Migration from Scandinavia. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1957. 375pp. Cloth. Ex-libris Davis Bitton (signature/date inside front cover), minor soiling to covers. VG. Mulder received his PhD from Harvard in American Civilization—two years later, he revised his dissertation into this book. Immersed in primary sources (both pre- and post-emigration repositories), the narrative is divided into three sections: I. Proselyte, II. Emigrant, III. Settler. The book was purchased by Davis Bitton in 1970, two years before he was called as Assistant Church Historian under Leonard Arrington, and has his name on the flyleaf.

$40

56.       Nelson, Russell M. From Heart to Heart: An Autobiography. NP: NP, 1979. 481pp. Cloth. Name embossed on cover. This copy is inscribed to a nurse who was a part of Nelson’s surgical team by Nelson. VG+. One of the most well-known general authority autobiographies (despite its rarity) due mainly to its candid and intimate details. For example, he relates a dream in which Harold B. Lee (following his death) appeared and said that “the revelations received and the actions subsequently taken by President Kimball were the very same as would have been received and performed by President Lee had he remained as the prophet.” Foreword by Spencer W. Kimball.

$500

57.       Nelson, Russell M. Perfection Pending and Other Favorite Discourses. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1998. 239pp. Cloth. Dust jacket pieces are pasted inside front and rear covers; signed by Nelson on front endsheet; homemade bookplate below signature. Near VG. Russell M. Nelson was called as an apostle in 1984 following the deaths of both LeGrand Richards and Mark E. Petersen (Dallin H. Oaks was called at the same time but not ordained until a few weeks later). Professionally, he was a heart surgeon who was the first to perform several surgical techniques in Utah.  Among his numerous patients was Spencer W. Kimball—an operation in 1972 prolonged his life and service as president of the Church.

$25

58.       Olson, Ernest LeRoy, ed. Swedish Missionary Memories, 1934-1939. NP: NP, 1992. 132 + 5pp. This collection includes 82 one- or two-page short biographies of missionaries who served in the mission, some under mission president Gustive Larson (author of several books on Mormon and Utah history).

$50 SOLD

Swedish Mission Memories 59.       Packer, Donna Smith. On Footings From the Past: The Packers in England. NP: NP, 1988. 467pp. Cloth in very good d.j. D.j. has a small stain on spine. VG+. The author (wife of Apostle Boyd K. Packer) has long been involved in family history research. In general conference and other addresses, Elder Packer has periodically mentioned research trips to parish offices and other institutions around the world. Shortly before it was published, he predicted that the “remarkable book…will change the standard of family history in the Church.” Her research draws on both published sources and archival materials to tell the story of the family—the title is somewhat of a misnomer since the last section deals with the family in America. Although no publisher is attributed, we have had a copy that was stamped “Bookcraft library” and was presumably published by them.

$80

On Footings from Past 60.       Palmyra Stake Tenth Anniversary, 1924-1934. NP: Palmyra Stake, 1934. [32]pp. Wraps. Top and bottom corners curled. Near VG. The Palmyra Stake (located in southern Utah County) was created in 1924 after a division of the Nebo Stake. The booklet lists all current and former officers of the various wards and organizations with pictures of the current officers (including author E. Cecil McGavin). Contains numerous ads for local businesses, including one for “Approved L. D. S. Garments For Men or Women New or Old Style.”

$20 SOLD

Palmyra Stake 61.       Pratt, Orson. Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, nos. 1-6. Liverpool: NP, 1850-52. 2nd printing (no. 1), 1st printing (nos. 2-6). Flake-Draper 6452/6452a, Crawley II: 521-22. 96pp. Bound in stiff boards with a label on the spine. Thirteen endpapers at the back, presumably to make the volume thicker for binding purposes. VG. Peter Crawley notes of this series: “As far as it is known, parts 2–6 were published in just one edition. Part 1 occurs in two editions, the second (item 522) distinguished from the first by Liverpool: S. W. Richards, 15, Wilton Street. 1852 at the foot of p. 16…The overall theme of Divine Authenticity is the need for present-day revelation, the Book of Mormon being one important aspect of God’s revealed word to the modern world. Some of it, particularly the last three parts, overlaps with Orson Pratt’s earlier pamphlets, especially his Remarkable VisionsDivine Authority, and Reply to a Pamphlet.”

$125 SOLD

62.       President Heber C. Kimball’s Journal: Seventh Book of the Faith Promoting Series. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1882. 1st ed. thus. 104pp. Top of last few pages are chipped. PON. VG. This journal begins with Kimball’s call to serve as a missionary in Britain and ends with his return to Nauvoo after a second mission.  As stated in the preface, “the first ten chapters of this work were formerly published in pamphlet form by Elder R. B. Thompson in Nauvoo” and the “next six chapters have been compiled from the manuscript history of Elder Kimball by…Helen Mar Whitney”—in addition, she excerpted from some Kimball letters to compose the last chapter. The owner, Annie Wells Cannon (1877-1942), was the daughter of Daniel H. Wells and was married to John Q. Cannon, a son of George Q. Cannon who was excommunicated after beating a Tribune reporter who had written a story John felt was libelous. Annie, an active suffragist, was a member of the Utah State Legislature and a longtime member of the Relief Society General Board.

$75

Heber Kimball Journal 63.       Ricks, Joel E., ed. The History of a Valley: Cache Valley, Utah-Idaho. Cache Valley Centennial Commission, 1956. 504pp. Maps are present. Cloth in near very good d.j. Dust jacket faded along spine, minor chipping and soiling. Several scattered pages have minor creases. VG. Contributors included several notable historians of the time such as Leonard Arrington, Eugene Campbell and George Ellsworth (all teaching in Logan at the time). An uncommon local history, scarce in dust jacket.

$50 SOLD

History of Valley 64.       Roberts, B. H. Defense of the Faith and the Saints (2 vols.). Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1907/1912. 1st eds. Flake-Draper 7316. 532 & 548pp. Cloth. Vol. 1 – minor staining and rubbing to covers and spine; pages 26-36 with scattered marking. Vol. 2 – Very minor wear to edges and corners; horizontal (moisture?) line across title at “Faith” which pulls gilt from top of several letters on front cover; name inside front cover; small stain to top edge and inside front cover. Near VG. Though Roberts hinted at several volumes in the initial preface, only two were completed. This set has its roots in a plan to publish a “Scrap Book” containing miscellaneous Roberts pieces. Though that never materialized during his lifetime, Roberts notes here “it is from this mass of materials that the following collection of articles has been chosen.” This set is scarce—volume two is particularly hard to locate.

$700

65.       Roberts, B. H. Outlines of Ecclesiastical History. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1902. 3rd ed. Flake-Draper 7362. 426pp. Full black leather, a.e.g., title in gilt on front cover and spine, and decorative endsheets. Small chip missing at foot of spine. Small crack in leather at top edge. “Frederick J. Pack” written on first white endsheet.  VG. Frederick James Pack (1875-1938) was the son of John Pack (in whose home the University of Deseret began)—he followed in his footsteps, teaching more than 30 years at the University of Utah in the geology department. In addition, he wrote articles and a book on Word of Wisdom topics, a subject dear to the heart of his wife’s uncle, Heber J. Grant.

$350

 

66.       Roberts, B. H. On Tracting. Independence, MO: Zion’s Printing and Publishing Co., ND [late 1940s?]. 24pp. Pamphlet. Originally published with a series of other tracts, Roberts’ On Tracting constitutes both a doctrinal and practical guide to tracting.  Along with such weighty statements as “the cause you are tracting for is the noblest on earth; it is an effort to save souls by directing them to God” comes such counsel to “both lady missionaries and Elders, frequently bathed; nails carefully manicured; teeth brushed; shoes polished.”

$20 SOLD

On Tracting 67.       Robinson, Alvaretta, ed. They Answered the Call: A History of Minersville, Utah. NP: Minersville Centennial Committee, 1962. 284 + photos + 198pp. Cloth. Signed by editor under her picture, inscribed by editor inside front cover. Minor soiling to covers. VG. The brainchild of Robinson, who conceived of the project six months before the centennial year. Local DUP camps assisted in gathering research materials and selling copies. Minersville was one of several unfruitful mining and production ventures undertaken in the early years of territorial Utah.  The goal was to mine enough lead to supply the Mormon settlements—however, except for a batch of bullets, not much came from the early efforts.

$100 SOLD

They Answered Call 68.       Schroeder, A. T. Lucifer’s Lantern, nos. 5 and 6. Zion [Salt Lake City]: NP, 1899. 76-121pp. Tall pamphlet. Chipping to wraps, curled page corners. Good. This issue of the Lantern reprinted letters regarding George Q. Cannon printed in the New York Times in 1895 and Cannon’s reply. The main subject of the content is the political wheeling and dealing in the quest for statehood. The publisher, Theodore Albert Schroeder (1864-1953), was a lawyer who had arrived in Utah in 1889.  He had developed quite an acid pen where the Mormons were concerned, a style fully displayed in the Lantern.  The periodical ran from 1898 to 1901 with a run of nine numbers. Schroeder moved to New York not long after and founded the Free Speech League (predecessor of the ACLU).

$100 SOLD

Lucifer's Lantern 69.       Shipp, Ellis Reynolds. Life Lines: Poems. Salt Lake City: Skelton Publishing Co., 1910. Flake-Draper 7694. 314pp. Cloth.  Bumped corners. Soiled and worn covers. Inscribed: “Ruth M. Fox, Beloved Friend and Sister, Accept my Souls greeting with loving wishes for the realization of your brightest anticipations – your fondest desires. The Author. Christmas 1910.” Near VG. Ruth May Fox (1853-1958), a daughter of British converts, was an active voice in the women’s suffrage movement in Utah. She later served several decades in the YLMIA presidency, including eight years as president. Ellis Reynolds Shipp (1847-1939) went east to medical college as part of a wave of students sent by Brigham Young (she took the place of her sister wife, Margaret Curtis Shipp).  In addition to a long and distinguished career as an obstetrician, she served on the general board of the YLMIA This responsibility, in addition to shared civic club memberships, spurred her friendship with Fox.

$125

 

70.       Shurtleff, Stella Cahoon and Brent Farrington Cahoon. Reynolds Cahoon and His Stalwart Sons: Utah Pioneers. NP: Stella Cahoon Shurtleff, 1960. 195pp. Cloth. Inscribed by the authors inside the front cover. VG. Reynolds Cahoon (1790-1861) was an important early member of the Church. Baptized by Parley P. Pratt in 1830, he was soon drawn into leadership roles—first as a counselor to Newel K. Whitney, then as a member of the Kirtland Temple Committee (with Hyrum Smith and Jared Carter). Later in Nauvoo, he was a member of the secretive Council of Fifty. This hard-to-find family history is inscribed by the authors (siblings and great-grandchildren of Reynolds) to extended family members.

$125 SOLD

71.       Smart, Donna Toland (ed.). Exemplary Elder: The Life and Missionary Diaries of Perrigrine Sessions, 1814-1893. Provo: BYU Studies, 2002. 382pp. Cloth in d.j. As new. Sessions was no stranger to the early events of Mormon history (in fact, both his mother and younger sister were plural wives of Joseph Smith)—he records the exodus from Missouri as well as the construction of the Nauvoo Temple among other things.  His large family (8 wives and 55 children) formed the nucleus of the Sessions settlement (later named Bountiful), the first permanent colony founded after Salt Lake City.  He was frequently away from them, however, as he served seven missions during his lifetime. This once unheralded biography has now become a collectible.

$75 SOLD

Exemplary Elder 72.       Smith, Joseph. A Book Of Commandments, For The Government Of The Church Of Christ, Organized According To Law, On The 6th Of April, 1830. Salt Lake, 2009. 160pp. Full leather. Housed in a custom clamshell that also includes a separately bound foreword by Peter Crawley. This edition is limited to 100 numbered copies. The plates used for the replicas were scanned from the Wilford Woodruff copy. The paper for the book was made by hand at Tryst Press using linen and cotton fibers with an oak leaf watermark. The books were printed using photopolymer plates on a Vandercook proofing press.

$1500

73.       Smith, Joseph, Jr.  The Holy Scriptures, Translated and Corrected by the Spirit of Revelation. Plano, IL: 1867. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Full brown pebbled leather, a.e.g. triple lined border on front and rear covers, raised bands and gilt title on spine, gilt tooling along edges of boards, marker ribbon, plain yellow endsheets. Top corner of rear cover is bumped. Else Fine. After more than 20 years of safeguarding the manuscripts of the translation effort, Emma Smith turned them over to a publication committee authorized in the April 1866 general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the name did not become the Reorganized Church of… until 1872). The first finished copies (500 in the shipment) arrived in Plano in December 1867. This is the true first edition, carrying both the place of publication (Plano) and the date (1867). The nicest copy of this we have yet seen.

$4750

74.       (Smith, Joseph F.)  Millennial Star, vol. 72, no. 40. Liverpool: Rudger Clawson, 1910. 12pp. Pamphlet. Missing last two leaves. Signed “Joseph F. Smith” in pencil above the masthead. In its early days, the Star functioned more like the Church News as it included items from all over. By this point, it had been redefined as the periodical of the British Mission. Individual issues are not often seen and certainly not belonging to Joseph F. Smith, then halfway through his term as president of the Church. A unique medium for his uncommon signature, here boldly presented in pencil.

$350

MS JFS1 75.       (Smith, Joseph F.)  Millennial Star, vol. 73, no. 39. Liverpool, Rudger Clawson, 1911. 14pp. Portions cut from two leaves, missing one leaf entirely. Signed “Joseph F. Smith” in pencil above the masthead. Having served three missions to Britain (including time as president of the British Mission), Joseph F. remained interested in the affairs of the church there throughout his life.

$350

MS JFS2 76.       (Smith, Joseph Fielding) McConkie, Bruce R., comp. Doctrines of Salvation: Sermons and Writings of Joseph Fielding Smith, vol. III. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1956. 2nd printing. 381pp. Full black leather. Green endsheets. Rubbing to covers, edges. The third and final volume in the compilation done by his son-in-law Bruce R. McConkie (a Seventy at the time). Almost never seen in leather—bright gilt on cover and spine.

 $300

77.       Snow, Marcellus S. (comp.) An English-German L.D.S. Dictionary. NP: Marcellus S. Snow, 1966. 166pp. Stapled paperback. Small stain on front cover. VG.  As a former missionary to Germany, Snow felt the need of collecting translations for common LDS terms under two covers. Interestingly, he chose to include (among other things) terms from other religious traditions such as hegira and extreme unction—the goal being “ultimate usefulness to missionaries.” Snow later served on the Board of Editors for Dialogue and taught at the University of Hawaii.

$25

English German Dict 78.       Stegner, Wallace. Mormon Country. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1942. 4th printing. 362pp. Cloth in near very good d.j. Dust jacket has several chips, tears and creases with a few small pieces missing from jacket along bottom edge, not price clipped. VG. One of Stegner’s earliest works (and his first substantial piece of non-fiction), Mormon Country is a series of vignettes, some based on his personal experiences in the Mormon cultural corridor and some of a more straight-forward historical nature.

$80

Mormon Country 79.       Stephensen, Maurine Powell. A History of Levan. NP: Chicken Camp, D.U.P., 1984? 131pp. Oversize hardback. Name inside the front cover. VG+. Part of the longstanding tradition of local histories produced by DUP camps, this account is peppered with photos of people, places and happenings as well as maps throughout the city’s history. Like most of these local histories, it seems to have been produced in small quantities.

$40 SOLD

History of Levan

80.       (Strang, James J.) Shepard, William, Donna Falk & Thelma Lewis (comps. & eds.). James J. Strang: Teachings of A Mormon Prophet. Burlington, WI: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite), 1977. 335pp. Cloth in very good+ d.j. Minor shelf wear to dust jacket. As new. This is the only collection of Strang’s teachings, compiled by three followers along with occasional notes.  Sources used include Book of the Law of the Lord, Voree Herald and Gospel Herald as well as other contemporary periodicals and pamphlets.  Not surprisingly, the largest section in a book about Strang (easily the most charismatic contender for followers after Joseph Smith’s death) deals with issues of priesthood succession.

$50

James Strang Teachings 81.       Strang, James J. The Prophetic Controversy. Mount Pleasant, MI: NP, 1969. 59pp. Cloth. A few scattered pages with marking and notes. Pages inside rear cover are creased. VG. Of all the candidates as Joseph Smith’s successor, none made quite as exotic an impression as Strang.  Beginning with his controversial “letter of appointment,” Strang began to gather followers in the chaotic post-martyrdom era. Those who followed Brigham Young were skeptical of Strang’s claim and one, a Mrs. Corey (believed to be Martha Jane Coray, scribe of Lucy Mack Smith’s history), wrote to Strang and requested him to explain himself. The result was a lengthy letter, first published in the Strangite organ Northern Islander. This reprint contains the text of the letter as well as an extensive introduction and notes.

$50

Prophetic Controversy 82.       Swinton, Heidi S. America’s Choir: Commemorative Portrait of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain (Deseret Book), 2004. 127pp + back matter. Oversize. Full blue leather, a.e.g. with gray silk moiré endsheets. Front cover has blind stamped decorative border as well as a blind stamped image of the Tabernacle organ in center. 75/225 copies. Swinton’s history of the choir is peppered with photos of the choir in action as well as numerous side stories such as one woman in the choir who, when faced with a rule barring hair longer than shoulder length, tucked her hair inside an appropriate length wig!  A very nice leather book.

$75

83.       Talmage, James E.  Sunday Night Talks: A Series Of Radio Addresses Relating To Doctrines Of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1930. Flake-Draper 8697. 1st ed., nos. 1-51 (which is a complete set), multi-color cloth. VG+. From the beginning of KSL (known by other call letters until 1925), the LDS Church recognized the power of the new medium—in fact, Heber J. Grant spoke the first words aired on the station. In 1930, recognized doctrinal authority James E. Talmage (an apostle since 1911) gave a weekly message on Sunday evening dealing with basic Mormon beliefs.  The addresses were printed in the Deseret News and in pamphlet form—at the conclusion of the series, 500 bound collections were published in book form. This limited edition is enhanced by a printed gift note – “To my Friend and Brother THE PATRIARCH HYRUM G. SMITH With assurances of affectionate regard and loyal support pasted inside the front cover and signed by Talmage. The recipient, “The Patriarch” Hyrum Gibbs Smith, was the grandson of Patriarch John Smith and the great-grandson of Hyrum Smith (his son, Eldred Smith, would in turn serve as Presiding Patriarch following an uncertain fifteen-year interregnum period)—he died suddenly of pneumonia a year after this book was given to him. The turnaround in production of this book was quite impressive as only ten days elapsed between Talmage’s last message and him giving a finished book to Smith.

$850

84.       Taylor, John. The Government of God. Liverpool: S. W. Richards, 1852. Flake-Draper 8838. 1st ed. 118pp. Disbound, stitching and remnants of a previous binding visible at spine; moisture staining throughout, a few pages with underlining, name on title page. Near VG. The first of two books written by John Taylor, this was written during his time as president of the French and German missions. He returned home before being able to see proofs—James Linforth (who also edited Route from Liverpool) was left to finish the project “as correctly rendered as possible from a manuscript copy.” H. H. Bancroft said of it: “As a dissertation on a general and abstract subject, it probably has not its equal in point of ability within the whole range of Mormon literature.” The origins of this work lie in an editorial of the same title written in 1842 for the Times and Seasons.

$125

Gov of God 85.       Taylor, Samuel W. & Raymond W. Taylor. John Taylor Papers: Records of the Last Utah Pioneer, Vol. 2, 1877-1887– Records of the Last Utah Pioneer. The President. Redwood City, CA: Taylor Trust, 1985. 553pp. Cloth in facsimile d.j. Dust jacket is .5 cm shorter than book. Book is bound upside down, as new. Brothers Sam and Raymond Taylor (sons of John W. Taylor and grandsons of John Taylor) collaborated on this documentary history of the third president of the church. Raymond (a self-confessed “two-fingered typist”) unfortunately passed away in 1972, leaving Sam to finish the project. Their brief commentary is interspersed with sections from contemporary periodicals, sermons, correspondence and even Taylor’s journals. Virtually the only source for John Taylor’s correspondence and journals.

$75

John Taylor Papers 2

86.       Taylor, John. Mediation and Atonement: An Examination into and an Elucidation of the Great Principle. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1892. 2nd ed. 205pp. Cloth. Stain on rear cover; top edge rubbed at corners and head of spine with a small tear to cloth along top edge; name inside; top corner of page 203 torn. Flake-Draper 8834. Near VG. Taylor’s analysis of the atonement is largely a combination of references from both the Bible and restoration scripture (a point made on the title page). It was overseen by a committee of church leaders as seen from Franklin D. Richards journal: “met with Presidency W[ilford]. W[oodruff]., L[orenzo]. S[now]., F[rancis]. M. L[yman]., & J[ohn]. H[enry]. S[mith]. & heard Geo[rge]. Reynolds read chapters 8, 9, & 10 of President [John] Taylors work on Atonement.”

$150

Mediation and Atonement 87.       Teachings of the Latter-day Prophets: A Compilation of Statements on Gospel Topics by Men Sustained as Prophets, Seers, and Revelators (2 vols.). Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1986. 844pp (consecutively numbered). Oversize paperback. Vol. 1 – bottom corner of pages slightly rolled, front and rear cover have several creases; several scattered pages in each volume with highlighting and marking. Very good. This topical compilation includes statements from prophets and apostles taken from a variety of sources including Journal of Discourses, conference reports, published books, addresses to regional representatives, etc. Major topical headings are then split into subheadings which are followed by related scriptural texts.  These sets were reportedly created for the use of general authorities—they are thus seldom seen for sale.

$160 SOLD

Teachings of Latter-day Prophets 88.       Times and Seasons (6 vols. in 5). Zwickau, Germany: F. Ullman KG, 1967. Cloth. ¼ leather (spine, not corners). 6 volumes in 5 books + oversize paperback index.  Several volumes with minor rubbing and wear to covers and corners. Name inside each volume. VG. A very nice looking reprint set—cream-colored boards and gray leather on the spine, gilt title on red labels. As is often the case with reprint sets, volumes 1 and 2 are combined in one book.

$250 SOLD

Times & Seasons

89.       Tracy, S. Michael. Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again: The Joseph Smith Photograph. Salt Lake City: Eborn Books, 2008. 264pp. Burgundy bonded leather in d.j. #119/420 copies. Limitation bookplate signed by author. Near fine. Mormons have always hoped and (some) assumed there must have been a photograph taken of Joseph Smith. Tracy reviews the availability of daguerreotype technology during Joseph’s lifetime, descriptions of Joseph’s likeness, paintings/sculptures done of him, alleged photographs and, finally, the “Scannel daguerreotype” as the best candidate for a true photograph of Joseph Smith. The book was surrounded by controversy with rumors of copyright infringement and lawsuits that were settled out of court.  A rare leather book with a dust jacket also!

$90

90.       Triple Combination (Heirloom Edition). Deseret Book, 1973. Full brown leather, a.e.g., gilt title and devices on spine. Embossed name. Brown cardboard slipcase. Slipcase slightly worn, book is in near fine condition. A very nicely bound large-print triple combination in a scarce slipcase.  A Bible was bound in matching leather with a slipcase as well.

$200

91.       Tullidge, Edward. Life of Joseph the Prophet. Plano, IL: Board of Publications for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1880. 2nd ed. Flake-Draper 9044. 827pp. Cloth. Heavy wear to covers. Fraying at edges; cloth worn through at crown and foot of spine. Good. Edward Wheelock Tullidge (1829-1894), a British convert, was a prime example of having “all your bases covered.” After arriving in Utah in 1861, his dreams of becoming a literary star went unfulfilled and he joined the ranks of the disillusioned Godbeites (after a near-conversion by RLDS missionaries). After a falling out with them, he returned—at least to some degree—to fellowship in Utah.  However, in 1879 he was baptized into the RLDS Church. Of this edition (published by the RLDS printing arm), Ronald Walker said: “The second edition which appeared in 1880 proclaimed its new allegiance by periodically denouncing Mormon polygamy and theocracy as dreadful, its priesthood as selfish, and Brigham Young as an untruthful usurper. But where possible the original publishing plates were used and clearly too much of the original edition remained to please many ‘Josephites.’ ”He had earlier planned on writing a 15,000-line poetic biography of Joseph Smith but only some excerpts were published in the Millennial Star.

$350

Life of Joseph Tullidge 92.       Walton, Wendel with Hilary Hendricks. The Family of John Birch & Ann Craven in the Nineteenth Century. Provo: Wendel Walton, 2008. 161pp. Oblong cloth. The Birch family were among some 2,000 converted by Wilford Woodruff during his British mission—they were baptized in John Benbow’s famous pond. Part of the family emigrated almost immediately to Nauvoo—after coming to Utah, they settled in the Millcreek area of Salt Lake. The book is a very attractive production of the BYU Press designers.

$50

Family John Birch 93.       Widtsoe, John A. and Leah D. Widtsoe. The Word of Wisdom: A Modern Interpretation. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1937. 1st ed. 263pp. Cloth in near very good d.j. Dust jacket is chipped and soiled and has one long tear along the spine. VG. Though John Widtsoe was probably more well-known for his views on a strict interpretation of the Word Wisdom, his grandchildren insisted it was his wife Leah who held such views and that the car would mysteriously head toward ice cream parlors when John was driving. Based on Widtsoe’s college studies (he received a PhD from the prestigious University of Gottingen in Germany), the book claims to benefit from findings of “the world’s leaders in the sciences underlying nutrition.” This copy belonged to Presiding Patriarch Eldred G. Smith (1907-2013) and bears his signature. A great association copy in a scarce dust jacket.

$80

Catalog 60 online addendum titles:

1.         Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1977. 568pp. Pocket size vinyl. Moisture stain along top edge. Slight creasing to covers. Near VG. Pocket size scriptures were never produced in great quantities and, thus, are not often seen for sale. Fortunately, this copy is clean and unmarked which is not usually the case with scriptures.

$30 SOLD

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2.         Christensen, Culley K. The Adam God Maze. Scottsdale, AZ: Independent Publishers, 1981. 327pp. Cloth in near very good d.j. Edgewear to dust jacket. VG. “Hear it O earth! When Father come [from the] celestial world, and is Michael the Archangel, is the Ancient of Days, is our Father, our God and the only God we have to do [with].” (Brigham Young, sermon of 9 Apr 1852)  Several writers have attempted to understand such statements that constitute the “Adam-God doctrine.”  Christensen’s was one of the earliest such attempts—he draws on journals, sermons and historical records to chart the rise and (in his opinion, unfortunate) fall of the doctrine within Mormonism.

$75 SOLD

Adam God Maze

3.         Eliza R. Snow: An Immortal—Selected Writings. Salt Lake City: Nicholas G. Morgan, Sr., Foundation, 1957. 370pp. Cloth in near very good d.j. A few tears and chips and creases along edges of dust jacket. Pencil underlining and marginalia. VG. This anonymously compiled anthology contains numerous items penned by Snow. The first section features a lengthy autobiographical sketch covering nearly to the end of her life. Other items include various poems (the compiler argues that Snow actually wrote “Praise to the Man”) and excerpts from her diary. An uncommon book, especially with a dust jacket.

$150

Eliza Snow Immortal

4.         Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel.  A History of Utah County. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1996. 434pp. Cloth in d.j. Still in shrink wrap. In conjunction with the state centennial, a history for each county was commissioned by the Utah State Legislature.  Holzapfel (at the time a new professor at BYU) was given the task of chronicling the history of Utah County.  This volume has become one of the more-difficult out-of-print titles in the series to find.

$40

History Utah County

5.         McConkie, Joseph Fielding. His Name Shall Be Joseph: Ancient Prophecies of the Latter-day Seer. Salt Lake City: Hawkes Publishing, 1980. 240pp. Cloth in very good d.j. Minor shelf wear to dust jacket, a few small closed tears. As new. Popular author and BYU professor Joseph Fielding Smith’s look at prophecies about Joseph Smith, both biblical and apocryphal. Among other items, McConkie (likely the first LDS author to do so) brings up the concept of a second messiah—the Messiah ben Joseph—that would precede Christ, the Messiah ben David. Very difficult to find.

$150 SOLD

His Name Shall Be Joseph

6.         Schindler, Harold. Orrin Porter Rockwell: Man of God, Son of Thunder. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1966. Third printing. 399pp. Slightly oversize cloth in very good d.j. Dust jacket has a small chip and tear near top left corner at spine. Inscription on first white endsheet. Schindler’s award-winning biography of the colorful Orrin Porter Rockwell is one of the classics of Mormon & Western biography as well as one of the best-selling books ever for the University of Utah Press. Rarely seen in this pictorial dust jacket showing Rockwell in the middle of a fracas.

$100

OPR Son of Thunder

7.         Talmage, James E. The Articles of Faith: A Series of Lectures on the Principal Doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1901. 2nd ed. 485pp. Full black flexible leather. Decorative endsheets, a. e. g. Small piece of leather missing from foot of spine as well as chipping at head of spine. Edge and corner wear to leather. Front endsheet and title page are loose. Scattered underlining. Talmage’s treatise on the Articles of Faith had proved very popular, selling 18,000 copies in two years.  The book had its origins in a series of lectures that Talmage delivered in the 1890s to college-age audiences.  A reading committee (including two apostles) “heard the manuscript read, and they decided that it would be a good book to publish as a text book.” Feeling appreciative for the opportunity to render his “humble and imperfect offering,” Talmage wrote the book as a gift to the church and took no royalties.

$50

Additions (Jan 31, 2014)

 

Johnson, Alan P.  Aaron Johnson, Faithful Steward: A Documentary History.  Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1991.  1st ed., 652pp. Cloth in new d.j. Johnson was one of the founders of Springville, Utah, in 1850 and served as the first bishop there for 20 years. He was implicated, but not convicted, in the Parrish-Potter murders that took place there in 1857, during the height of the religious fervor of the Mormon “Reformation.” The book is written by a sympathetic descendant of Johnson. Uncommon book—still in shrink wrap.

$150   SOLD

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Anderson, Lavina Fielding. Lucy’s Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2001. 946pp. Cloth in new d.j. Now regarded as an invaluable source for early Mormon history, Lucy Mack Smith’s history of Joseph had the dubious honor of being Mormonism’s first banned book when (12 years after publication) Brigham Young ordered the Saints to either destroy the books or turn them in for tithing credit. This critical edition includes—in parallel columns—typescripts of the rough draft and the 1853 first printed editions with footnotes showing variants in the various subsequent editions.  Superb lengthy introductions discuss Lucy as a person and outline the fascinating “history of the history.” Difficult to find—still in shrink wrap.

$165    SOLD

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Talmage, James E. The House of the Lord : A Study of Holy Sanctuaries Ancient and Modern. Salt Lake City: Deseret News (“Published by the Church”), 1912. 1st ed. 336pp. Cloth. Staining along spine and spine edge and bottom edge of front cover; minor cracking to front hinge; names inside. V.g. Published by the Church in response to attempted blackmail by Max Florence, a resident of Salt Lake City who owned several motion pictures theaters. He employed the help of a recent convert, Gisbert Bossard, who had become disappointed with the Church leaders, He, with the help of a Temple gardener, gained access to the temple in the summer of 1911 when the Salt Lake Temple was closed for renovation and took some 68 unauthorized photographs of the interior. Florence and Bossard then approached Joseph F. Smith, President of the Church, and offered to return the photographs for the sum of $100,000.00, otherwise they would reveal them to the world. President Smith’s response was “I will make no bargain with thieves or traffickers in stolen goods.” Contains authorized photographs of the Salt Lake Temple interior, including the Holy of Holies (plate 27) which was removed from all later editions.

$200

Taylor, James S. The Gospel in Spanish – El Evangelio en Espanol: A Glossary of Vocabulary and Expressions For Use in a Latter-Day Saint Church Setting. NP: BYU, 1986. Rev. ed. 224pp. Stapled paperback. Created by a professor of Spanish at BYU, this booklet (similar to item #77 above) was “prepared for use by missionaries, Church officials, tourists, students, persons living abroad, businessmen and all others who have the need or desire to function in an LDS environment in Spanish.” The entries are arranged topically (“Prayers in Spanish,” “Talking About the Church,” “Specialized Vocabulary”) with an overview of the category in English and then the entries with Spanish on one page and English on the other.

$25

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The Life and Labors of Eliza R Snow Smith with a Full Account of the Funeral Services. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1888. Flake-Draper 4923. 37pp. Wraps. Price written in ink on front cover. Eliza R. Snow (1804-1887) is the only person to rival Emma Smith as the most famous woman in Mormon history. Known during her life as “Zion’s Poetess,” she was also a plural wife of both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young as well as longtime president of the Relief Society. Her funeral program (which constitutes 2/3 of the pamphlet) included two apostles as well as 1st Presidency counselor George Q. Cannon as well as other notable speakers (tellingly, for the time, no women were asked to speak).

$100

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McAllister, D. M. A Description of the Hawaiian Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1921. Flake-Draper 5087. 39pp. Pamphlet. The account of the dedicatory services was adapted from an account written by Rudger Clawson and published in the Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine. Duncan McAllister had served as assistant recorder from the opening of the Salt Lake Temple in 1893—it is unclear from this pamphlet whether he was the recorder for the Hawaiian Temple. In 1911 he had published a similar pamphlet describing the Salt Lake Temple (which included a notable photograph of a spittoon in the room where the apostles met). He later served as a director of the Genealogical Society and a patriarch.

$50

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Hansen, Klaus J. Mormonism and the American Experience. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981. 257pp. Cloth in v.g. d.j. Minor chipping to d.j. ~12pp w/ highlighting. From the Chicago History of American Religion series, ed. by Martin E. Marty. Hansen, author of Quest for Empire: The Political Kingdom of God and the Council of Fifty in Mormon History, joined noted series authors such as Edwin Gaustad to assess the place of Mormonism within American religion. As noted on the jacket, his narrative seeks to understand how “Mormonism and American culture confronted and influenced one another in the formative period between 1820 and 1890.”

$35

01311408Lamb, Rev. M. T.  The Book of Mormon. Is It From God? [Salt Lake City]: Printed for the author by the Salt Lake Herald Job Department, 1885. Flake-Draper 4705. 125pp. Wraps. Staining to wraps. Martin Thomas Lamb (1818-1912) was a Baptist preacher from Detroit who arrived in Utah in late 1884. In the spring of 1885 he delivered a series of lectures in the Baptist church in Salt Lake City (where he was assistant pastor) on the Book of Mormon.  Following encouragement from local citizens—including governor Eli Murray—he issued them in book format.  They sold for the princely sum of 25₵. Later revised and published as Scarce, particularly in wraps.

$150

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Cannon, George Q. My First Mission. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1879. 1st ed. 66pp. Cloth. Moderate to heavy rubbing and soiling to covers; both hinges are cracked; inscription inside front cover. G. Cannon’s short narrative was the first of 17 volumes in the Faith Promoting Series printed over a span of nearly 40 years.  In it, he details a mission taken to the Sandwich Islands in which he baptized Jonathan Napela and helped to translate the Book of Mormon into Hawaiian. Very fun inscription inside: “Got as a prise in the Sunday School for reglar intendance.” Scarce 1st ed.

$60

01311409Little, James A. Jacob Hamblin: A Narrative of His Personal Experiences, as a Frontiersman, Missionary to the Indians and Explorer. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1909. 2nd ed. 151pp. Cloth with minor rubbing to rear cover. Minor paper acid staining inside front cover. Signed by George Albert Smith inside the front cover. Fifth book of the Faith-Promoting Series. The preface to the first edition (published in 1881) notes that after “earnest solicitation [Hamblin]…was induced to narrate, for Brother James A. Little’s pen to record, the incidents herein published.” Hamblin, who died five years later, was noted for his labors in Southern Utah, particularly with the Native American tribes.  An uncommon book to begin with, this book is signed by George Albert Smith, then an apostle and later president of the church.

$250

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[Hinckley, Gordon B.] Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1997. 754pp. Faux green leather. As new. This volume was the last in a matching series called Teachings of the Latter-day Prophets—the first 14 volumes were printed together and this volume came later, thus making it more difficult to find. Beginning with Spencer W. Kimball, collections of the teachings of the prophets began to be published while they were still alive.  Following in this trend, this volume was published only two years into Hinckley’s presidency.

$85

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Gerber, Tisina Wolfgramm. Iohani Wolfgramm: Man of Vision, 1911-1997. NP: NP, ca. 1988. 247pp. Oversize cloth. Wolfgramm, a Tongan Saint, was the patriarch of a huge family: 17 biological and two adopted children. The preface notes the lengthy process by which the book was produced:  his daughter recorded Iohani’s experiences on cassette, then translated and typed them up.  Perhaps his most notable vision/prophecy concerned an economic collapse—though this book is occasionally cited as the source, it does not actually appear here.  However, various accounts of healing and other miraculous events are included. Very tough to find.

$150

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Bushman, Richard Lyman with the assistance of Jed Woodworth. Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (limited leather). New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. #44 of 75 numbered copies. Full brown leather with decorative marbled endsheets and a deckled edge with Joseph Smith’s signature blindstamped on the front cover. Signed by author on limitation page. As new. This privately-done limited edition—issued by Restoration Books (who also produced a limited edition of Mormon Enigma)—is a beautiful edition with raised bands and gilt on the spine. A fitting leather-bound edition for this landmark biography, winner of both the MHA Best Book and Evans Handcart awards in 2005. 26 lettered copies in black leather were also produced.

$550

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Taylor, Samuel W. & Raymond W. Taylor. John Taylor Papers: Records of the Last Utah Pioneer, Vol. 1, 1836-1877: The Apostle/Vol. 2, 1877-1887: The President. Santaquin, UT: Pioneer Publishing, 1984-85 [2011]. 363 + 21, 553pp. Cloth. New. Brothers Sam and Raymond Taylor (sons of John W. Taylor and grandsons of John Taylor) collaborated on this documentary history of the third president of the church. Raymond (a self-confessed “two-fingered typist”) unfortunately passed away in 1972, leaving Sam to finish the project. Their brief commentary is interspersed with sections from contemporary periodicals, sermons, correspondence and even Taylor’s journals. This reprint set includes a section entitled “The Wink from the Twelve” that Sam intended to include originally but slipped through the cracks. Virtually the only source for John Taylor’s correspondence and journals.

$150

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Cook, Lyndon W. William Law: Biographical Essay. Nauvoo Diary. Correspondence. Interview. Orem: Grandin, 1994. 164pp. Cloth in v.g.+ d.j. Not long after his arrival in Nauvoo, William Law (a Canadian convert) became a member of the First Presidency. Slowly, disagreements with Joseph Smith over political and other matters mounted—most notably, he was opposed to plural marriage—until he was removed from the First Presidency and then excommunicated.  Portions of this book appeared in slightly different form as articles in BYU Studies (apparently, Cook planned to issue an essay collection entitled The Gospel According to William at one point)—the diary and interviews are unique to the book. Uncommon.

$150

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Nibley, Hugh W. When the Lights Went Out: Three Studies on Ancient Apostasy. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1970. 1st ed. 94pp. Paperback. V.g. Inscribed by author on t.p. These three essays, published in general biblical studies periodicals, would have first come to the attention of most Mormon readers in this compilation.  Nibley did not often sign books but when he did, he made the most of it.  This book provides a peerless example of his humor–there are ditto marks under his name on the title page with an asterisk keyed to this handwritten guarantee: “Authentic ditto of Hugh Nibley!”

$65

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