It has been quite some time since we last issued a rare book catalog, so we have lots of good books and other items of interest waiting to be listed. However, we have decided to break them up into smaller groupings and start issuing lists between catalogs; we will call this List 1. We hope you find something you will enjoy adding to your collection. Watch for more lists soon and an occasional catalog. We currently have some exciting Mormon collectibles such as an 1830 first edition Book of Mormon and an 1835 first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. Feel free to contact us about any LDS items we may have or could find for you. We appreciate your business and look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Curt Bench


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Jenson, Andrew. Historical Record, Vols. 5-9. Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson, 1886-1889. First edition. Flake-Draper 4402. Volumes 5,6,7,8,9 bound in black cloth; marbled endsheets; official stamping on spine. Signed and dated by Andrew Jenson on verso of front endsheet; private library of Frederick Pack stamp on title page; some minor scattered marking; rear hinge is cracking.  Cloth. Condition: Very good.  Jenson was tireless in his collecting and compiling of Mormon history on both the macro and micro level. This collection (the first four volumes were in Danish), issued as a monthly periodical, was intended to serve as a “work of reference on Church history, covering the entire period from the Prophet Joseph Smith’s birth to the present time.” However, he eventually “deviate[d] somewhat from the original plan, and enter[ed] more deeply and minutely into matters pertaining to early Church history, which seemed to be of special interest to a majority of readers.” Complete sets of the English versions don’t often turn up, particularly signed by Jenson. Previous owner 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.

$425 SOLD

Kane, Elizabeth Dennistoun (Wood). Twelve Mormon Homes: Visited in Succession on a Journey through Utah to Arizona. Philadelphia: [William Wood], 1874. First edition. 158 pp. Flake-Draper 4521. Brown cloth with single ruled blindstamped border on front and rear covers; Gilt decorative bands at head and foot of spine with gilt fleuron (stylized floral or leafy ornaments) at the head and foot of the spine. Title and library number in white paint along spine; inside front cover is a library checkout pocket and card as well as a bookplate of a previous owner; endsheets are tan while most of book is white paper with occasional foxing; there is a perforated library stamp on title page as well as a inked “withdrawn” stamp. Cloth. Very good.  An account of a trip to southern Utah with Brigham Young in 1874 by Elizabeth Wood Kane, wife of Colonel Thomas L. Kane, longtime friend and benefactor to the Mormons. Published from the journal and letters of the author by her father, William Wood, with the design of commanding sympathy for the Mormons at a time when federal anti-polygamy legislative efforts were heating up. The previous owner, Zebulon Lewis White, was the son of a prominent Washington D.C. correspondent and followed his father into the business. He was apparently well-known for donating important books to the Galveston Library where he lived. Truly rare in the first edition.

$750 SOLD









[Kimball, Heber C.] Whitney. Orson F. Life of Heber C. Kimball, An Apostle; The Father and Founder of the British Mission. Salt Lake City: Published by the Kimball Family, 1888. First edition. 520 pp.  Flake-Draper 9772Full black leather, a.e.g. decorative endsheets. Quadruple line ruled borders with decorative inner corners are blindstamped on front and rear covers; title and author in gilt on front cover and spine. Gilt on spine is slightly faded; Frontis of Heber and Vilate as well as the Joseph and Hyrum Smith and Brigham Young plates with tissue guards are all present. Previous owner’s name stamp inside front cover, name of Eugene M. Cannon embossed on front cover.  Leather. Very good.  Eugene was the son of longtime Salt Lake Stake president Angus M. Cannon, helped to get the Book of Mormon published in Tahitian and later served as mission president in Tahiti. The later owner, Dean G. Pace, was a longtime collector and owned many similar pieces. A very nice copy.


[Lever, W. H.] History of Sanpete and Emery Counties Utah with Sketches of Cities, Towns and Villages, Chronology of Important Events, Records of Indian Wars, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens. Ogden: W. H. Lever, 1898. First printing. 681pp. Flake-Draper 4042, Howes L303. Very good.  3/4 black leather over black boards; title in gilt on front cover and spine; blindstamped designs on spine; decorative endsheets; edges appear to have been coated in gold paint but not gilt. Leather at head and foot of spine is chipped and has several small tears. Front hinge beginning to separate; book block is tight and intact. Few pages with pencil marking. Profusely illustrated with photos throughout. A scarce and early compilation, this was the first county history to be issued in the then newly formed state of Utah. Uncommon in this condition. Frontispiece photo of the Manti Temple. Has chapters on the Southern Utah towns of: Manti, Mt. Pleasant, Ephraim, Fairview, Moroni, Gunnison, Spring City, Fountain Green, Mayfield, Wales, Chester, Payette, Sterling, Milburn, Indianola, Castle Dale, Cleveland, Desert Lake, Emery, Ferron, Green River, Huntington, Lawrence, Molen, Orangeville and Woodside.

$900 SOLD

Pratt, Orson. A Series of Pamphlets, By Orson Pratt, One of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, with Portrait.  To Which is Appended A Discussion Held in Bolton, Between Elder William Gibson, President of the Saints in the Manchester Conference, and the Rev. Mr. Woodman. Also a Discussion Held in France, Between Elder John Taylor, One of the Twelve Apostles, and Three Reverend Gentlemen of Different Orders, Containing a Facsimile of Writings Engraved on Six Metallic Plates, Taken Out of a Ancient Mound in the State of Illinois, in the Year 1843. Liverpool: R. James, 1851. First edition. Flake-Draper 6542. 3/4 brown leather over marbled boards. Leather along spine is rubbed and worn; outer front hinge is torn along the spine from the top edge down about two inches; corners are heavily rubbed and the top rear corner is partially torn away; moisture staining inside both covers and along bottom edge of scattered pages including the title page; most of Kinderhook Plates facsimile is torn out. Good. The first of three editions of Pratt’s influential tracts to appear in 1851-52. This particular copy differs from Peter Crawley’s description (II:551) in that it is bound in the “characteristic binding” but also includes Kingdom of God, parts II and III.  A very affordable copy of Pratt’s classic collection.













Pratt, Parley P. Key to the Science of Theology. Designed as an introduction to the first principles of spiritual philosophy; religion; law and government; as delivered by the ancients, and as restored in this age, for the final development of universal peace, truth and knowledge. Liverpool: George Q. Cannon, 1863. Second edition. [vii]–xv, 173 pp. Flake-Draper 6586. Brown cloth with blind stamped border and design to front and rear covers; title on spine; covers are very worn and have staining; cloth at head and foot of spine is torn and chipped; minor staining to some pages; names inside both covers. Cloth. Good.  Pratt’s biographers refer to his second book as “the most cerebral, temperate, and comprehensive of Pratt’s writings, and it would become paired with his Voice of Warning as the most influential non canonical volumes in nineteenth-century Mormonism.” Eight years after the first edition (published in an edition of 5,000 copies), decisions were made to reissue Pratt’s work. Printed from the same stereotype plates as the first edition, this second edition was on a smaller scale—this time, only 1,000 copies were produced.











Rich, Ben E. Scrap Book of Mormon Literature: Religious Tracts (2 vols.). Chicago: Ben E. Rich, [1911]. 553, 567pp. Flake-Draper 7191. Full black leather, a.e.g. Both volumes contain “Franklin County LDS Seminary” in pen inside front cover.  Minor glue residue inside rear covers of both volumes – probably from removal of checkout pocket.  Minor wear and a small tear to leather at head of spine of volume 1.  Spines on both volumes are slightly faded . Very good+. Ben E. Rich, the son of apostle Charles C. Rich, spent the last fifteen years of his life as mission president—he presided over the Southern States (twice), short-lived Middle States and Eastern States missions during this span. He had been nominated to fill a vacancy in the First Council of the Seventy but—due to having married a wife after the Manifesto (ceremony performed by Matthias Cowley)—was left in the mission field. During these years, he wrote and published many pamphlets. In this collection, published two years before his death (with permission from the 12 and First Presidency), he gathered some of the classic tracts published in the British Mission and added others, published by himself and others in his various fields of work. While this compilation is often seen in hardback, leather sets are fairly rare.





Richards, Franklin D.  A Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel. Liverpool: Orson Pratt (printed by R. James), 1857. First edition. 243 pp.  Flake-Draper 7217. Full brown leather with decorative stamping to covers; title in gilt on spine; covers along the edges are heavily rubbed; corners bumped; small exterior split on top of front hinge; spine is faded; Inscribed: With compliments of J R Park, President of the University of Deseret, Salt Lake City, November 17, 1870. Near very good.  As was the case with Doctrine and Covenants Commentary below, though Richards’ name is listed as author, a colleague in the British Mission—James Little—was responsible for the heavy lifting (Little’s name was added in subsequent editions). At the time, 2647 copies were bound in various leather bindings (this copy is either “morocco” or sheep)—more copies were bound over the years (as late as 1870). Peter Crawley identifies Compendium, the ancestor of Mormon Doctrine, “the sixth of the major doctrinal works, a book that played a significant part in the standardization of Mormon theology.”












[Richards, George F.] Third Nephi: The Book of Nephi Christ’s Ministry in America from the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Young Men’s and Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Associations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1946. 179 pp. Full black leather; title in gilt on front cover; decorative endsheets. This copy is embossed with name of George F. Richards. Very good+.  George Franklin Richards (1861-1950) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve from April 9, 1906 until his death. He also served as Acting Presiding Patriarch from 1937 to 1942 and President of the Quorum of the Twelve from May 25, 1945 until his death. While not as well-known as a scripturist compared to some of his colleagues, Richards spent a good portion of his free time compiling scriptural notes and commentary in which he took great pride. Full leather copies such as this are quite rare (only the third copy in more than fifteen years).



Roberts, B. H. Defense of the Faith and the Saints, vol. 1. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1907. First edition. 532 pp. Flake-Draper 7316. Full brown leather – quadruple gilt ruled border with blind stamped corner designs, rear cover has only a blindstamped border and corner designs; spine has triple gilt lines at head and foot of spine and title, author, and publisher in gilt. Spine is rebacked with new leather tooled and stamped to match the original. Decorative endsheets. Front cover has minor crease. Very good.  True to his appellation “Defender of the Faith,” Roberts veered from his early intent to pen fictional works and, in the 1890s, his “energies began to be devoted more exclusively to doctrinal and historical themes.” During the following years, Roberts wrote various types of pieces in varying venues and “it is from this mass of materials that the following collection of articles has been chosen.” He optimistically titled this a first volume, “indicating by that the probability that other volumes in time will follow, if the writer is not mistaken in his judgment as to the demand for such publications.” He was not mistaken, and a second volume followed five years later. Full leather copies are rarely seen and brown leather even less frequently.


Roberts. B. H. A New Witness for God. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon and Sons Co., 1895. First edition. 486pp. Flake-Draper 7347. Full black leather with triple line ruled gilt borders and inner decorations on front cover; same blind stamped design on rear cover; title in gilt on front and spine; a.e.g.; decorative marbled endsheets. Spine designs are that of a plant like figure. Small pieces of leather chipped away from head and foot of spine; minor rubbing and wear to leather along edges and corners; name inside in pencil; minor band of toning to top edge of first few pages. Very good. Roberts first conceived of this project as a missionary in England while working on the Millennial Star. However, at that point, it was to be a study of the Book of Mormon. In the intervening years, he decided that a study of Joseph Smith took precedence. Finally, in 1909, the earlier Book of Mormon study was published in two volumes and, in 1911, this volume was republished with the set title New Witnesses for God, vol. 1. Full leather binding rarely seen.


Roberts, B. H. Outlines of Ecclesiastical History. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1902. Third edition. 426 pp. Flake-Draper 7362. Full black leather, a.e.g., quadruple lined blind stamped borders with inner corner designs in gilt on front cover only with blind stamped rear cover without gilt except for a gilt design in middle of rear cover and gilt title on front cover and spine; spine has four gilt sun designs; decorative endsheets. This copy has been re-backed with new leather on the spine and the original pieces laid back down; the pastedowns and endsheets inside front and rear covers have been reinforced with originals laid back on top thus reinforcing the inner hinges as well. A few scattered pages with red underlining. Very good.  Outlines was first published at a time of turmoil for Roberts. His friction with the First Presidency over political differences was just beginning to heat up and, in addition, the long debate over the role of the Seventy was again bubbling up with Roberts at the center. Nonetheless, Roberts turned his manuscript over to a reading committee—John Nicholson, George Reynolds and James E. Talmage (just beginning his own project on “theology” that would result in The Articles of Faith)—who recommended it for publication. The book was intended as a textbook for seventies—a fact which, interestingly enough, made its way into the Reed Smoot hearings. Two years after the first edition was published, Roberts issued another—it would be seven more years when this third edition came off the press.


Roberts, B. H.  The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Publishers, 1900. First edition. 457pp.  Flake-Draper 7367. Hardcover. Green cloth with title in gilt on front cover and spine, blind stamped quadruple line border with decorations on inner corners on front and rear covers; small bump on right side of front cover; minor rubbing to corners; name inside front cover. Very good.  Published the same time as its companion volume The Missouri Persecutions, Rise and Fall of Nauvoo had the stated objective of “plac[ing] in the hands of the youth of the Latter-day Saints a full statement of the persecutions endured by the early members of The Church in this last dispensation.” Roberts clearly had a high opinion of his audience because the narrative does not have the overt feel of a juvenile book.


Salt Lake City. In Photo-Gravure From Recent Negatives. New York: The Albertype Co. (A. Wittemann), 1894. [2]p., [40]l. of plates. 13 X 18 cm. Flake-Draper 7502. Cover title: Souvenir of Salt Lake City. Blue cloth, tied string binding. Minor soiling to a number of pages. Previous owner’s name on verso of title page. Near very good.  Though not noted, it appears that these images are C.R. Savage photographs (other contemporary editions have him listed). Fascinating images of structures no longer extant—Salt Lake Temple annex, Gardo House, Salt Lake Theatre—and shots of pre-paved downtown Salt Lake City. Interestingly, the last image is of two “typical residences” at 3rd South and 2nd East.

$100 SOLD


Sjodahl, J.M. An Introduction to the Study of the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1927. 555pp. Flake-Draper 7739. Full brown leather with title in gilt on front cover and spine, decorative endsheets. Leather faded along spine; small tear to leather at head of spine; front cover slightly bowed; inscription on front blank endsheet; a few pages nearly loose. Very good. As noted in the Doctrine and Covenants Commentary entry, Sjodahl was an associate editor of the Millennial Star. While there, he wrote articles and editorials that formed the basis of this book. An early proponent of the “limited geography model” (i.e., the Book of Mormon took place in a small area of Central America), he drew on his previous seminary training in Hebrew to identify Book of Mormon evidences. Only our third full leather copy in fifteen years.


Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States Together with Biographies of Many Prominent and Progressive Citizens Who Have Helped in the Development and History-Making of This Marvelous Region, 1847-1909. Salt Lake City: The Salt Lake Tribune, 1909. 2p.l., 5–376 pp. Flake-Draper 7750. Full black flexible leather with title in gilt on front cover; a.e.g., plain cardboard endsheets. Edges and spine are rubbed, top of spine has minor chipping to leather. Leather. Very good.  The early 1900s were the glory days of regional compilations—replete with information on businesses, leaders and other items of local importance. Because they delved into the particulars, they can be a gold mine for historians. They also exemplify the book- making of the time: leather binding, gilt edges, etc. This collection includes entries on mining and manufacturing concerns as well as historical data. From the preface: “The purpose of this volume, primarily, is to lay before the leading newspaper publishers of the United States some facts concerning many of the leading men who are, or have been, active in the work of developing the States of Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. A special effort has been made to eliminate any and all matter in reference to the peculiar local contentions, and it is for this reason that the publishers have refrained from presenting even the briefest sketch of the State of Utah, which, as is generally known, has been a storm center for the entire inter-mountain region.”


Smith, George Albert. Correspondence of Palestine Tourists; Comprising a Series of Letters by George A. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Paul A. Schettler, and Eliza R. Snow, of Utah. Mostly Written While Traveling in Europe, Asia and Africa, in the years 1872 and 1873. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Steam Printing Establishment, 1875. First edition. Flake-Draper 7871. 386 pp. Full brown leather. Double ruled blind stamped borders with inner corner designs on front and rear covers; several horizontal lines and title are in gilt on spine; plain white endsheets. There is a small chip to leather at head of the spine and a crack to the leather along the outer front hinge that extends down about an inch; the leather along the edges is quite rubbed; it appears that new pastedowns and endsheets have been added to this copy (likely to reinforce the inner hinges; small moisture stain along right margin of first 6 pages or so; minor soiling to some pages. Very good. In late 1872, a party left Utah on a grand tour. They set sail from New York in November—they would return in Jun 1873. Along the way, various members of the party wrote letters back home. The missives were published in various venues: Deseret News, Salt Lake Herald, Juvenile Instructor, Ogden Junction.  Upon returning, Smith explained the trip’s purposes: “The principal object of that journey was to visit the lands in which the events recorded in the Bible transpired. Incidentally we visited many countries, and had an opportunity of acquiring information and extending acquaintances into lands which heretofore have been barred against visits from our Elders.”


Smith, Hyrum M. Doctrine and Covenants Containing Revelations Given to Joseph Smith, Jr., The Prophet, with an Introduction and Historical and Exegetical Notes. Liverpool: George F. Richards, 1919. 1100 pp.  Leather. Flake-Draper 7892a. 3/4 leather over black boards with plain white endsheets. Minor to moderate rubbing to leather especially at head and foot of spine and on the corners with minor loss of leather at the foot of the spine; minor cracking to front and rear hinges – binding is tight and sound; name sticker inside front cover. Very good.  In 1914, Swedish convert Janne M. Sjodahl was called on a second mission, this time to Europe. Given his literary skills (he was an editor with the Deseret News for many years), he served as associate editor of the Millennial Star. While thus occupied, he conceived of the idea to compile a commentary on the Doctrine & Covenants. He later explained: “When I first spoke to [British Mission] President Hyrum M. Smith about writing the book in June 1916 I made the proposition that if he thought enough of it to revise it and give his name to it and then to see to the business management of it I would do the writing and see the work to the press. I further proposed that whatever profit might accrue from it should be divided into three parts one for the church one for him and one for me.” Thus, Hyrum Smith was listed as the author with Sjodahl appearing only in the preface (later editions would list them as co-authors). However, Smith died during the 1918 flu epidemic (along with his wife and father, Joseph F. Smith) and his successor as mission president, George F. Richards was tasked with publication. Rarely seen in ¾ leather binding.



[Smith, Joseph] Cannon, George Q. Life of Joseph Smith the Prophet. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1888. First edition.  512 pp. Flake-Draper 1161. Full brown leather with 4 gilt ruled border and gilt decorations to corners of front and rear cover; title in gilt on front cover; title and author in gilt on spine with four gilt bands and three designs; decorative endsheets, a.e.g. All plates are intact. Hinges sound. This copy has been rebacked with Harmatan goat to match with original material laid back down; damaged lines were painted in. Decorative front flyleaf is supplied in facsimile on similar handmade paper. Book block was recased and first and last several sections were resewn; several pages had minor repair with Japanese tissue and past at spine fold and edges; the spine was relined with Japanese tissue and linen and original endbands replaced with one new one added; inner hinges were rebuilt with similar printed pages; corners and edges repaired with Japanese paper and pva.  Leather. Condition: Very good. A nice copy of an important book. Very good. Though it is often heard that Cannon wrote the book while in the territorial penitentiary on polygamy charges, that is not the case. Though the preface notes that it was written from the penitentiary, he had been there for only two weeks at that point. As his biographer notes, “it is inaccurate to think of him writing the entire Life of the Prophet Joseph Smith while behind prison walls. The important collaborative work, begun much earlier and now in its final stage, was being completed with the assistance of Cannon’s sons Frank and Abraham.” He further notes: “Earlier, a first draft had been written by Frank, with revisions by John Q. Abraham also assisted. Of course George Q Cannon had the final right of approval and is responsible for the final product.”


another copy. Full black leather with blindstamped quadruple ruled border and decorations to corners of front and rear cover; title in gilt on front cover; title and author in gilt on spine with four false raised bands; a.e.g., decorative endsheets. Plates of Joseph and Hyrum are intact. Very good.


Spencer, Orson. “Spencer’s Letters.” Letters Exhibiting the most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. in Reply to the Rev. William Crowel, A.M. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Co., 1891. Sixth edition. viii, 232pp. Flake-Draper 8332. Full black leather. Gilt line along borders of front and rear covers; gilt title and double lines along spine; gilt along top and bottom edges; beautiful blue with gold designs endsheets, a.e.g., very tight and clean copy. Near fine.  From Peter Crawley’s Descriptive Bibliography, vol. 2 (describing the first compilation in book form): “Crowell’s letter and the first twelve of Spencer’s letters are those of the second pamphlet series (item 335). Letters adds two new letters: Letter XIII. Miscellaneous Remarks on Restitution, dated at Liverpool, November 30, 1847, and Letter XIV. Summary and Final Appeal, dated at Liverpool, December 13, 1847. And here in this “third reprint” Spencer finally employs the correct spelling of William Crowell’s name (see items 334–35).  Letter XIII begins with an expression of Spencer’s opinion that children will be resurrected with children’s bodies and will mature after their resurrection. It then discusses the concept of baptism for the dead and argues that the “union of families” will be the fundamental governing unit in the hereafter. The Saints, it continues, “will need houses for their persons, and for their families, as much in their resurrected condition as in their present state; they will be as sensible of the works of art, taste, beauty and grandeur there as now, and far more so”—echoing Parley Pratt’s essay “Immortality of the Body” (item 202). Letter XIV opens with a discussion of the diversity of religious belief in the world and then defends the character of the Latter-day Saints, arguing that they alone adhere to the religion of the Bible—“the faith of visions, miracles, angels, revelations, and prophets.” It expostulates on the “bloody character of modern christianity” and charges that “Free Republican Christianity” was responsible for the violence against the Saints… In 1853 Orson Spencer published a fifteenth letter in tract form, Patriarchal Order, or Plurality of Wives! This was added to the 1874 edition of Letters and maintained in the subsequent editions.”


[Taylor, John] Roberts, B.H. Life of John Taylor: Third President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Co., 1892. First edition. 468 pp. Flake-Draper 7331. 3/4 black leather with dark blue boards. Wear at corners, crown/foot of spine. Front hinge beginning to crack. Staining on blank endsheet. Very good.  For B. H. Roberts, crowned “Defender of the Faith” by his biographer, the chance to tell the story of fearless and indefatigable John Taylor was not to be missed. Interestingly, this responsibility (granted by the family around the time of Taylor’s death) incurred some “prejudices” from George Q. Cannon who, as a son-in-law and veteran writer himself, felt the honor was naturally his. In discussing the challenges of writing the book, Roberts noted “The journals of President Taylor were very incomplete, covering only fragments of his life at best; but the chief events of his life were so closely interwoven with the history of the Church that his movements and labors could be followed in the Church publications; so that I feel reasonably certain that no important fact is omitted.” Chapters were reviewed in multiple reading sessions with the First Presidency.


Taylor, John. Mediation and Atonement: An Examination into and an Elucidation of the Great Principle. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1892. 2nd ed. Flake-Draper 8834. 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. Very good. 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

This second edition, coming ten years after the first, was offered in October 1892 with four binding options: “Full Paper, 50c.; Full Cloth, 75c.; Full Leather, $1.00; Full Leather Gilt, $1.50, postpaid.”


Tullidge, Edward W. Life of Brigham Young; or, Utah and Her Founders. New York: 1877. Second edition. 458 pp. + 108 pp. (supplement). Flake-Draper 9042. Covers faded and worn and stained. Cloth at head and foot of spine and along top and bottom edges of the covers is frayed; corners bumped and worn; minor moisture staining and some rippling to pages; front and rear hinges cracked. Hardcover. 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 second edition, Tullidge noted “This second edition is issued to meet a rapidly increasing demand, which promises to make my book one of the most popular publications of the day. It will be observed that several corrections have been made in the body of the work, and that to the Supplement have been added sketches of Hon. John W. Young, Apostle Brigham Young, Jr., Hon. Joseph A. Young, Joseph W. Young; the brothers of President Young — John, Joseph, Phineas and Lorenzo ; also sketches of the late Apostle Willard Richards, and others.” Like many first editions of Tullidge’s works, this was copy was read and enjoyed.


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. Covers have minor soiling and moderate rubbing especially along the edges and corners; Sunned spine as well as wear and fraying to the cloth at the head and foot of spine; minor cracking to front hinge; a few pages with minor soiling. Near very good. Of the second 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.


Tullidge, Edward W. The Women of Mormondom. New York: NP, 1877. First edition. Flake-Draper 9046. 552pp. Cover water-stained, cracked inner hinges, spine fraying. Cloth. Good.  Edward Tullidge was a busy man in the 1870s—this was one of three books published within a two year span. He had long been involved in the writing of history. During the previous decade, he had scribed much of Wilford Woodruff’s autobiography until being let go due to alcohol problems (at one point, Woodruff cast “the devel” out of him). This narrative often functions as a documentary history with excerpts from various sources (with the peculiar appearance of double quotation marks at the left of each line).

$225 SOLD

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