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Joseph Smith Papers: Histories, Vol. 1–Joseph Smith Histories, 1832-1844.   Church Historian’s Press, 2012.  686 pp. $54.95. Includes six different attempts at writing Joseph Smith’s history:

  • 1832 History (includes portions in JS’s own handwriting!)
  • 1834-36 History (includes Oliver Cowdery’s Messenger & Advocate letters
  • 1838-41 History (corresponding to first 61 pgs of Manuscript History of the Church—3 drafts [one previously unknown] presented in parallel columns)
  • “Extract, from the Private Journal of Joseph Smith Jr.,” July 1839 (8 pg Times & Seasons article covering the Missouri persecutions)
  • “Church History,” 1842 (AKA Wentworth Letter)
  • “Latter Day Saints,” 1844 (revised & updated version of the Wentworth Letter)

In addition, an appendix presents Orson Pratt’s A Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions (1840) which draws on earlier histories and includes the first printed version of the First Vision. All documents have excellent historical introductions and are heavily annotated. Volume 2—which includes four histories (such as John Whitmer’s) not under Joseph Smith’s close supervision—will be published in the fall. All copies are signed by the four editors.

A number of subscribers (as a subscriber you receive 10% off of each volume of the Joseph Smith Papers) have asked us to charge and send out each new volume automatically as it is released. If you would like to be included in this group then please let us know 

Joseph Smith Papers Volumes Previously Published

1. Journals, Vol. 1—1832-1839 ($49.95—2008)

2. Revelations & Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books – Facsimile Edition ($99.95—2009)—includes full-color scans for every page in the two revelation books as well as color-coded transcriptions on the facing page.

3. Revelations & Translations. Manuscript Revelation Books – Vol. 1 ($79.95—2011)—this volume is simply a different version of #2. This edition does not include all the full-color scans of the original manuscripts (there are a few examples, though) but does include the transcriptions. In addition, this version is the regular size (like #1 and #4). Thus, this is not technically a new volume but a smaller, condensed version of an already published volume.

4. Revelations & Translations, Vol. 2: Published Revelations ($69.952011)

5. Journals, Vol. 2—1841-1843 ($54.95—2011)

Here is a graphic showing the projected volumes once the project is completed:


William E. McLellin’s Lost Manuscript edited by Mitchell Schaefer. Eborn Books, 2012. 304 pp. Oversize hardback. $59.99. As chaos swirled around the Mark Hofmann fiasco, one tantalizing collection kept being mentioned: the McLellin collection. Rumored to be a trove of controversial documents, the tale turned out to be only a vintage figment of Mark Hofmann’s imagination. However, there were authentic McLellin documents in existence—among them were seven notebooks created toward the end of his life. In 2007, Signature Books published six of them in The William E. McLellin Papers—the remaining notebook was presumed lost. In 2008, it was finally “rediscovered” and is now published in full. The typescript reproduces McLellin’s musings on numerous doctrinal topics—perhaps the most interesting being his recollection of the experience of the Three Witnesses.



The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith by Joanna Brooks. CreateSpace, 2012. 204 pp. Paperback. $11.99. With humor, tenderness, and honesty, The Book of Mormon Girl reveals what it’s like to grow up in a world where angels stand at our bedsides and ancestors know our names, where Coca-Cola is forbidden fruit and Marie Osmond is a style icon. This is a story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith. Author Joanna Brooks is a well-known national voice on Mormon life and politics and an award-winning religion scholar. Click here for a review.


West from Salt Lake: Diaries from the Central Overland Trail (American Trails Series, vol.23) edited by Jesse G. Petersen. Arthur H. Clark, 2012. 328 pp. Hardback. $34.95. Prior to 1859, overland travelers leaving Salt Lake City for California had but two alternatives. They could go north into Idaho, then turn southwest and follow the Humboldt River into northern California, or they could head south, following segments of the Old Spanish Trail, and enter southern California. In the summer of 1859, Captain James Simpson blazed a more direct trail by leading an expedition across the desert. Simpson’s is the route the Pony Express and the Overland Stage adopted. But emigrants in covered wagons also traveled the Central Overland Trail, and this is the first book to collect their day-by-day accounts. Based on ten years of research, West from Salt Lake includes excerpts from twenty-three emigrant diaries, many previously unpublished. Using Simpson’s diary to trace his route, editor Jesse G. Petersen has located each campsite and shows which of Simpson’s two alternative wagon roads the parties traveled.



Enemy of the Saints: The Biography of Governor Lilburn W. Boggs of Missouri by Robert Nelson. PublishAmerica, 2011. 212 pp. Paperback. $24.95. Lilburn W. Boggs is most often remembered as the Governor of Missouri who issued the infamous “Extermination Order” during the Mormon War. But his life involved many of the important events of the early nineteenth century. He was a veteran of the War of 1812, a pioneer of the Fur Trade, a merchant on the Santa Fe Trail, and Governor of Missouri. He participated in one of the most significant wagon trains to California and became the Alcalde of Northern California. He was related by marriage to the Bent Brothers and Daniel Boone. He was also an associate of many of the legends of the early west. In addition to telling the story of Lilburn Boggs and his eventful life, this book takes a detailed look at the Mormon War and Governor Boggs’s motivation in issuing the Extermination Order. Many of the events of his life had ramifications which reached far beyond the life of Boggs and the State of Missouri.

The Forgotten Son: William Henry Kimball by Marlin Kent Larsen. Downs Printing, 2011. 231 pp. Paperback. $25.00. The product of ten years of research, this biography of his ancestor traces the course of William Henry Kimball, oldest son of Heber C. Kimball. The lesser-known William was one of the settlers of Kimball Junction and served in the Utah Militia during conflicts with Native Americans and the U.S. Army. Kimball operated a ranch in Parley’s Park near Park City which hosted luminaries such as Mark Twain, Horace Greeley and Walt Whitman.

Why I’m a Mormon edited by Joseph A. Cannon. Deseret Book, 2012. 320 pp. Paperback. $19.99. Why I’m a Mormon is a collection of fascinating, individual journeys of faith by dozens of stalwart, modern Mormons—some prominent, others less well-known but no less impressive. Contributors share brief reflections on how their feelings about the gospel and their involvement in the Church have shaped and enriched their lives. These vignettes are from Latter-day Saints who are faithfully and successfully navigating these troubled, secular, sometimes dark and temptation laden times. The book includes contributions from noted Mormons such as Richard Bushman, Terryl Givens, Jon Huntsman, Sr., Steve Young and Harry Reid.



Book-Jackets: Their History, Forms, and Use by G. Thomas Tanselle. The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 2011. 324 pp. Hardback. $60.00. Book-jackets (or dust-jackets), along with other detachable book coverings such as slip-cases, have been regularly used by publishers in the English-speaking world and some countries of the European continent since the early part of the nineteenth century. This illustrated book is intended as a compact introduction to the historical study of these objects, which — though removable from the books they cover — are essential parts of those books as published. The present work offers a concise history both of publishers’ detachable book coverings (primarily British and American) and of the attention they have received from scholars, dealers, collectors, and librarians. It also surveys their use by publishers (as protective devices and advertising media) and their usefulness to scholars of book history (as sources for biography, bibliography, etc.). A must-have for the serious collector.

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