benchmarkbooks

As 2017 draws to a close, publishers are getting in their last offerings for the year. In addition to these new books, make sure to check out the selection of used markdowns below also.

NEW BOOKS

  • Quinn, D. Michael. The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power. Signature Books, 2017. 597pp. Hardcover. $49.99. Early in the twentieth century, it was possible for Latter-day Saints to have lifelong associations with businesses managed by their leaders or owned and controlled by the church itself. For example, one could purchase engagement rings from Daynes Jewelry, honeymoon at the Hotel Utah, and venture off on the Union Pacific Railroad, all partially owned and run by church apostles. Families could buy clothes at Knight Woolen Mills. The husband might work at Big Indian Copper or Bullion-Beck, Gold Chain, or Iron King mining companies. The wife could shop at Utah Cereal Food and buy sugar supplied by Amalgamated or U and I Sugar, beef from Nevada Land and Livestock, and vegetables from the Growers Market. They might take their groceries home in parcels from Utah Bag Co. They probably read the Deseret News at home under a lamp plugged into a Utah Power and Light circuit. They could take out a loan from Zion’s Co-operative and insurance from Utah Home and Fire. The apostles had a long history of community involvement in financial enterprises to the benefit of the general membership and their own economic advantage. This volume is the result of the author’s years of research into LDS financial dominance from 1830 to 2010. *signed copies still available*
  • Givens, Fiona and Terryl Givens. The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 158pp. Hardcover. $19.99. In a world increasingly prone to doubt, a foundation in Christ is the only sure basis of a durable discipleship. And for Latter-day Saints, the Jesus Christ revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith is, in some very significant ways, a different kind of Christ than the Jesus of modern Christianity. The Christ of the restored gospel collaborated with Heavenly Parents for our salvation even before the foundation of the world, “does not anything” save it be for our benefit (2 Nephi 26:24), and is determined to patiently guide and nurture every one of God’s children into an eternal heavenly family. Most significantly, this Christ does not rescue us from a condition of original sin or depravity. Rather, He is primarily a healer of the wounds incident to a long-planned sojourn, one intended to immerse us in the trials, pains, and soul-stretching of this mortal schoolroom. He is not only the most remarkable being in the history of religious thought; He is, in fact, The Christ Who Heals. *signed by Terryl Givens*
  • Gee, John. An Introduction to the Book of Abraham. RSC/Deseret Book, 2017. 197pp. Hardcover. $19.99. From the publisher: “When the Book of Abraham was first published to the world in 1842, it was published as ‘a translation of some ancient records that have fallen into [Joseph Smith’s] hands from the catacombs of Egypt, purporting to be the writings of Abraham while he was in Egypt, called “The Book of Abraham, Written by his Own Hand, upon Papyrus.”’ The resultant record was thus connected with the papyri once owned by Joseph Smith, though which papyrus of the four or five in his possession was never specified. Those papyri would likely interest only a few specialists except that they are bound up in a religious controversy. This controversy covers a number of interrelated issues, and an even greater number of theories have been put forward about these issues. Given the amount of information available, the various theories, and the variety of fields of study the subject requires, misunderstandings and misinformation often prevail. Introduction to the Book of Abraham makes reliable information accessible to the general reader.”
  • Largey, Dennis L., gen. ed. Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 315pp. Hardcover. $34.99. Compiled in 1851 by President Franklin D. Richards in Liverpool, England, and canonized in 1880, the Pearl of Great Price occupies a unique place in the Latter-day Saint canon of scripture. The Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion is an encyclopedic dictionary that explores the depth and breadth of that precious book. This volume addresses nearly 400 topics on the Pearl of Great Price: people, places, words, phrases, doctrine, themes, historical background, and much more—all conveniently collected here. In addition, it contains maps, illustrations, outlines, and photographs to enhance your study of the Pearl of Great Price. Contributors include Alexander L. Baugh, Richard E. Bennett, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Steven C. Harper, J.B. Haws, Robert L. Millet, and Robert J. Woodford.
  • Prete, Roy and Carma T. Prete (eds.). Canadian Mormons: History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada. Religious Studies Center, 2017. 684pp. Foreword by Ardeth G. Kapp. Hardcover.  $39.99. This book gives a panoramic view of the rise and progress of the Church in Canada. It has all the elements of a great saga, including that of early faithful missionaries preaching in eastern Canada without “purse or scrip” in the 1830s and 1840s, and the exodus of early Canadian converts who joined with the main body of the Church in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, and then trekked across the Great Plains to Utah in the Rocky Mountains. It tells of Mormon pioneers from Utah arriving in southern Alberta after 1887, having made a second grand trek to escape their persecutors, this time north rather than west, and details the settlement of Mormons in Alberta. It is the story of an ongoing missionary effort from late nineteenth century, throughout the twentieth, and into the twenty-first with a vast number of missionaries and the sustained effort of thousands of lay leaders and members laboring relentlessly to build up a Church that now consists of nearly 200,000 members.
  • Schade, Aaron P., Brian M. Hauglid and Kerry Muhlestein, eds. Prophets & Prophecies of the Old Testament (46th Sperry Symposium). Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. 273pp. Hardcover. $24.99.  A passion for the Old Testament does not always come easily. This collection of essays from today’s foremost Old Testament scholars can help spark that passion in you. Speakers from the 46th annual BYU Sidney B. Sperry Symposium explain Old Testament prophecies in their original linguistic, historical, and theological contexts, helping us more fully grasp the Old Testament and its relevance to us. Chapters include topics such as Isaiah 7 and the fulfillment of prophecy in Matthew 1-2, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament and Doctrine and Covenants, as well as the influence Old Testament prophets and prophecies had on the development of the Restoration.
  • Turley, Richard E., Jr & Brittany Chapman Nash. Women of Faith in the Latter Days, Volume Four, 1871-1900. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 364pp. Hardcover. $34.99. This fourth volume features women born between 1872 and 1900 whose stories explore a comparatively untapped era in Mormon history. This generation of Latter-day Saint women experienced firsthand the challenges of the Mexican Revolution, World War I, and World War II. They also witnessed the unprecedented global expansion of the Church and the first young women to serve as proselytizing missionaries. You will become reacquainted not only with such well-known figures as general Relief Society president Belle S. Spafford and Camilla Eyring Kimball, wife of President Spencer W. Kimball, but will also meet Kasimira Viktoria Cwiklinski Wurscher, who led the Relief Society in communist East Germany for more than twenty years; Edith Papworth Weenig Tanner, a British spy during World War I; and Maria Guadalupe Monroy Mera, who endured deep persecution, including the martyrdom of her brother, for her family’s acceptance of the restored gospel in Mexico.
  • Carter, Stephen, ed. Moth & Rust: Mormon Encounters with Death. Signature Books, 2017. 257pp. Paperback. $23.95. In Mormonism we are sometimes seemingly casual about death: it’s a veil or a mission call to the spirit world. But our actual encounters with the reality of death inevitably change us in ways that are difficult to articulate. In this collection, Mormon writers wrestle with mortality and its aftermath. A family sings a hesitant rendition of Happy Birthday to a grief-stricken mother who buried who toddler just a few hours earlier; an agnostic son decides he’s Mormon enough to arrange a funeral for his believing father. Some essays use death as a means to understand faith. One author imagines a world where Heavenly Mother visits her children in the form of their female ancestors, appearing to her descendants in times of grief or pain. Others address practicalities: how do you protect your children from death while still allowing them to experience the world; how do you get through one more nausea-ridden day of cancer treatment? Still others delve into death’s questions: does the overwhelming suffering that occurs in the animal kingdom have a function in the “plan of happiness”? Sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, always thought-provoking, these personal essays, poems, and stories may never be heard at a Mormon funeral. But they probably should be.
  • Chou, Po Nien (Felipe) and Petra Mei Wah Sin Chou. Voice of the Saints in Taiwan. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. Hardcover. $31.99. In 2016, the Church in Taiwan commemorated its sixtieth anniversary of the arrival of the first Mormon missionaries. This book vividly recounts the contribution of American missionaries among the people in Taiwan and the sacrifice of early Chinese pioneers to help establish the restored gospel of Jesus Christ among their own people. It shares not only a comprehensive overview but also rich, personal stories of faith and devotion, encompassing the sixty-year history of the remarkable growth and development of the Church in Taiwan.
  • Alder, Douglas D. Dixie Saints: Laborers in the Field. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. 373pp. Paperback. $21.99. Dixie Saints tells the stories of the common folk who lived in Utah’s “Dixie”: the farmers and ranchers, the fruit peddlers, the road builders, the timber cutters and lumber makers, the freighters, the midwives, the mothers and child nurturers, the teachers, the choir singers and band players—those whose names are on genealogy charts but seldom in the history books. These people weren’t considered pioneers, because they were of the second generation in the area, but they worked hard and helped to lay a foundation for thriving communities. This book consists of interviews conducted with people born between 1880 and 1910 who grew up in southwestern Utah, the Arizona Strip, and the Muddy River region in Nevada. The excerpts are divided into seven topical chapters: family life/childhood/teenage years, school, work, health and sickness, Mormon colonists in Mexico, interactions with Native Americans, and service. In his introductory essay, the author offers 15 overarching observations based upon the interviews. These furnish a valuable collective portrait of life on the fringes of Mormon society early in the twentieth century—a time period that has been largely overlooked in the social history of Mormonism.
  • Hoskisson, Paul Y. and Daniel C. Peterson (eds.). “To Seek the Law of the Lord”: Essays in Honor of Jack Welch. The Interpreter Foundation, 2017. 543pp. Paperback. $24.95. From the editors: “This volume presents a collection of essays dedicated to the life and work of a great scholar, John W. Welch, a polymath who is known to his many friends as “Jack.” It honors a man who has contributed prodigiously—as author, editor, and organizer—to a growing body of rigorous, faithful Mormon scholarship. Volumes such as this, which celebrate the life and career of an esteemed colleague, are typically described with the German term “festschrift,” a word that denotes not only festive celebration but esteem, respect, and gratitude for contributions that deserve to be honored. We deliberately use the word “honor” in the subtitle of this book, intending to express precisely those sentiments. Those who have watched and worked with Jack over many years of extraordinarily rich productivity have sometimes wondered whether he ever sleeps. All have benefited enormously from his work and remarkable insights.”
  • Jergensen, Sandra Clark and Shelah Mastny Miner (eds.). Seasons of Change: Stories of Transition from the Writers of Segullah. Peculiar Pages, 2017. 252pp. Paperback. $19.99 From the foreword: “Words are new again. For over a decade, Segullah has been sharing women’s stories in our journal, blog and publications. Our first two anthologies, The Mother in Me and Dance with Them, focused on narratives of motherhood. While those stories are profound, we wish to recognize a broader scope of experience in our third offering. There are so many ways we learn, share and are reshaped through a spectrum of transitions. We crave the catharsis of writing through the change. We write trying to understand the cycles of life and embrace our reshaped selves. Joining the Church or re-examining our faith; falling in love or sharing a marriage bed for many years; sending children out on their own or taking estranged parents back into our lives; illness, divorce and new careers—all of these changes (and more) force us to examine, regroup and adapt.”

Miller, Adam S., ed. Fleeing the Garden: Reading Genesis 2-3. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017. 120pp. Paperback. $15.95. The papers collected in this book are the product of a Mormon Theology Seminar dedicated to generating close, theologically informed readings of the second and third chapters of Genesis. Though participants in the seminar employed a wide variety of methodological approaches, the results clearly show a common core of understanding won through months of close collaborative effort. Essays explore the nature of appetite, the role of community, the necessity of ecology, and the persistence of paradox in one of the Bible s most human stories.

Miller, Adam S. (ed.). A Dream, a Rock, and a Pillar of Fire: Reading 1 Nephi 1. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017. 140pp. Paperback. $15.95.  The first chapter of 1 Nephi may be the most read in all of Mormon scripture. But beyond its veneer of familiarity, its substance remains shadowed by a host of contextual and theological questions. The papers collected in this volume offer theological readings that draw on careful examinations of 1 Nephi 1’s structure and literary details to explore questions about Lehi’s world, the nature of revelation, the problem of suffering, and the promised Messiah.

Gospel Tangents—podcast transcripts

Bennett, Rick. Bombs in Salt Lake: The Complete Interview with Curt Bench on the Hofmann Bombings. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 63pp. $19.99

Bennett, Rick. Brian Hales Discusses Mormon Polygamy. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 76pp. $19.99

Bennett, Rick. Dr. Reeve: The Entire Interview Ninety Minute Discussion of the LDS Temple Priesthood Ban on Black Members. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. $19.99

Bennett, Rick. The Evolution of LDS Temple Worship: Dr. Richard Bennett–The Complete Interview. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 54pp. $19.99

Bennett, Rick. Jim Vun Cannon: The Complete Interview First Presidency Discusses the Remnant Church. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 68pp.  $19.99

SALE BOOKS

  • McCullough, David. The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For. Simon & Schuster, 2017. Hardcover. Reg $25.00, SALE $9.99. Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American. The American Spirit reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background. This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward.
  • Koehler, Lora. The Little Snowplow. Candlewick Press, 2015. Hardcover. Reg. $15.99, SALE $6.99. Autographed by author. On the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, the trucks come in one size: BIG. That is, until the little snowplow joins the crew. None of the other trucks think that the little snowplow can handle the big storms, but he knows that he can do it—and just to be sure, he trains hard, pushing loads of gravel, pulling blocks of concrete, and doing plow lifts to get ready. But when a blizzard arrives, will the little snowplow’s training be enough to clear the streets and handle unexpected trouble? Taking its place beside classics such as The Little Engine That Could and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, this tale of a plucky little plow will find a clear path to readers’ hearts. Author is children’s librarian in Salt Lake County Library system; illustrator lives in Provo.
  • Fowler, James W. Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning. HarperOne, 1995. Paperback. Reg $16.99, SALE $7.99. Building on the contributions of such key thinkers as Piaget, Erikson, and Kohlberg, Fowler draws on a wide range of scholarship, literature, and firsthand research to present expertly and engagingly the six stages that emerge in working out the meaning of our lives–from the intuitive, imitative faith of childhood through conventional and then more independent faith to the universalizing, self-transcending faith of full maturity. Stages of Faith helps us to understand our own pilgrimage of faith, the passages of our own quest for meaning and value.
  • Steers, Edward, Jr. Hoax: Hitler’s Diaries, Lincoln’s Assassins and Other Famous Forgeries. University Press of Kentucky, 2013. Hardcover. Reg $24.95, SALE $9.99. Napoleon famously observed that “history is a set of lies agreed upon,” and Edward Steers Jr. investigates six of the most amazing frauds ever to gain wide acceptance in this engrossing book. Hoax examines the legitimacy of the Shroud of Turin, perhaps the most hotly debated relic in all of Christianity, and the fossils purported to confirm humanity’s “missing link,” the Piltdown Man. Steers also discusses two remarkable forgeries, the Hitler diaries and the “Oath of a Freeman” (forged by Mark Hofmann) as well as famous conspiracy theories alleging that Franklin D. Roosevelt had prior knowledge of the planned attack on Pearl Harbor and that the details of Lincoln’s assassination are recorded in missing pages from John Wilkes Booth’s journal.
  • Painters of the Wasatch Mountains by Robert S. Olpin, et al. Gibbs Smith, 2005. Hardback. Reg. $75.00, SALE $19.99. A distinct painting development with regard to the American West’s Wasatch Range emerged in the nineteenth century and persists even today. These “painters of the Wasatch” have set many precedents through their artistic interpretations of this mountain subject matter. Painters of the Wasatch Mountains presents for the first time a survey of the gamut of painters who formed and have carried forward an expression of nature’s mighty gift to both visitors and residents of Utah.
  • Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts by Vern Swanson and Donna Poulton. Gibbs Smith, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $75.00, SALE $19.99. Vividly illustrated and exhaustively researched and documented, Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts weaves a sweeping tapestry of artists’ attempts to capture the majesty, rare beauty, and raw danger of Utah’s frontier West. A comprehensive history of artists who painted Southern Utah.

 

Recent Markdowns (USED, generally in good condition)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pratt, Orson. Orson Pratt’s Works. Parker Pratt Robison. Paperback. Reg. $15, SALE $6.99

Schindler, Harold. Orrin Porter Rockwell: Man of God, Son of Thunder. Hardcover. University of Utah Press. Reg. $35, SALE $14.99

Flake, Lawrence R. George Q. Cannon: His Missionary Years. Deseret Book Company. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $4.99

Newquist, Jerreld L., comp. Gospel Truth, Volume 1. Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon. Zion’s Book Store. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $7.99

Benson, Ezra Taft . A Witness and A Warning: A Modern-day Prophet Testifies of the Book of Mormon. Deseret Book Company. Hardcover. Reg. $10, SALE $2.99

Winn, Kenneth H. Exiles in a Land of Liberty Mormons in America, 1830-1846. University of North Carolina Press. Hardcover. Reg. $40, SALE $12.99/Paperback. Reg. $20, SALE $7.99

Jessee, Dean C. Papers of Joseph Smith, Vols. 1 & 2. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $25, SALE $9.99/ea

Smith, Joseph Fielding. The Way to Perfection. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $4.99

Petersen, Mark E. Sons of Mosiah. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $10, SALE $3.99

Dew, Sheri L. Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $4.99

McConkie, Bruce R. The Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $25, SALE $5.99

Eborn, Bret A. Comprehensive Bibliography of Mormon Literature, Including Some Review Information and Price History. Eborn Books. Hardcover. Reg. $25.00, $17.99

Brown, Matthew B. All Things Restored: Confirming the Authenticity of LDS Beliefs. Covenant Communications. Hardcover. Reg. $50.00, SALE $9.99/Paperback. Reg. $15, SALE $6.99

Thompson, Beverly . The Faith of Phebe: A Novel-Ography of a Mormon Woman, Phebe Draper Palmer Brown. Granite Publishing and Distribution. Hardcover. Reg. $20, SALE $9.99

McKiernan, F. Mark. The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness: Sidney Rigdon, Religious Reformer, 1793-1876. Coronado Press. Paperback. Reg. $20, SALE $6.99

Smart, William B. & Donna T. Smart. Over the Rim: The Parley P. Pratt Exploring Expedition to Southern Utah, 1849-50. Utah State University Press. Hardcover.  Reg. $50, SALE $19.99

Nibley, Hugh B. [comp. and ed. by Gary P. Gillum]. Of All Things! A Nibley Quote Book. Deseret Book Company & FARMS.  Reg. $18, SALE $4.99

Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel & William W. Slaughter. Prophets of the Latter Days. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $22, SALE $9.99

[Cumming, Elizabeth] Ed. with introduction and notes by Ray R. Canning and Beverly Beeton. The Genteel Gentile, Letters of Elizabeth Cumming, 1857-1858. Tanner Trust Fund.  Number eight of the series: Utah, The Mormons, and the West. Hardcover. Reg. $35, SALE $14.99

Allen, Joseph L. Exploring the Lands of the Book of Mormon. S.A. Publishers, 1989. Paperback. Reg. $20, SALE $5.99

Cooper, Rex Eugene. Promises Made to the Fathers: Mormon Covenant Organization. University of Utah Press. Publications in Mormon Studies, vol. 5. Hardcover. Reg. $10, SALE $6.99

Roberts, B. H. The Seventy’s Course in Theology. Vol. 1 Outline History of the Seventy and a Survey of the Books of Holy Scripture. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $30, SALE $5.99

Anderson, Richard Lloyd. Understanding Paul. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $20, SALE $4.99/Paperback. Reg. $10, SALE $3.99

Card, Orson Scott. A Storyteller in Zion: Essays and Speeches by Orson Scott Card. Bookcraft. Hardcover. Reg. $30, SALE $5.99

Roberts, B.H. Outlines of Ecclesiastical History. Deseret Book Company. Classics in Mormon Literature Edition.  Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $7.99

Black, Susan Easton (ed.). Expressions of Faith: Testimonies of Latter-day Saint Scholars. Deseret Book. Reg. $18, SALE $3.99

Allen, James B. Trials of Discipleship: The Story of William Clayton, A Mormon. University of Illinois Press. Hardcover. Reg. $35, SALE $12.99

Horne, Dennis B. An Apostle’s Record. The Journals of Abraham H. Cannon. Gnolaum Books. Hardcover. Reg. $35.00, SALE $14.99

Dennis, Ronald D. Zion’s Trumpet: 1849 Welsh Mormon Periodical. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $21, SALE $4.99

Ellsworth, S. George and Kathleen C. Perrin. Seasons of Faith and Courage: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in French Polynesia, A Sesquicentennial History, 1843-1993. Yves R. Perrin. Hardcover. Reg. $30, SALE $12.99

Proctor, Scot Facer. Witness of the Light: A Photographic Journey in the Footsteps of the American Prophet. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg $60, SALE $8.99

Kane, Thomas L. Twelve Mormon Homes Visited in Succession on a Journey through Utah to Arizona. L. K. Taylor Publishing. Hardcover. Reg. $20, SALE $5.99

Piercy, Frederick Hawkins.(Fawn M. Brodie, ed.). Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake. Harvard University Press. Hardcover. Reg. $45, SALE $12.99

DeLafosse, Peter H. , ed. Trailing the Pioneers: A Guide to Utah’s Emigrant Trails, 1829-1869. Utah State University Press. Paperback. Reg. $15, SALE $3.99

Bryson, Conrey. Winter Quarters. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $40, SALE $9.99

Burton, Rulon T. We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tabernacle Books. Hardcover. Reg. $40, SALE $14.99

Hamilton, Mark. Salt Lake Temple: A Monument to a People. University Services Corporation. Hardcover.  Reg. $40, SALE $14.99

Stott, Clifford L. Search for Sanctuary: Brigham Young and the White Mountain Expedition. University of Utah Press. Hardcover. Reg. $45, SALE $9.99

Monson, Thomas S. A Prophet’s Voice: Messages from Thomas S. Monson. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $16, SALE $6.99

Swinton, Heidi S. To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson. Deseret Book. Hardcover.  Reg. $21, SALE $7.99

Why I Believe. Bookcraft. Hardcover.  Reg. $18, SALE $3.99

Jackson, Ronald Vern. The Seer, Joseph Smith. His Education from the Most High. Hawkes Publishing. Hardcover. Reg. $30, SALE $6.99

McConkie, Mark L. (comp.). Wit & Wisdom from the Early Brethren. Bookcraft. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $4.99

Toscano, Paul James. The Sanctity of Dissent. Signature Books. Hardcover.  Reg. $15, SALE $5.99

Peterson, H. Donl. Story of the Book of Abraham Mummies, Manuscripts, and Mormonism. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $4.99

 

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Utah customers: add 7.05% sales tax

List 3

Here is another sampling of our extensive inventory of Mormon collectibles. We hope you find something of interest. Watch for more lists in the near future and on a regular basis. Since these items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, we suggest you contact us right away with an order for anything you know you want.

 

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1.  Bentley, Joseph T. Life and Family of Joseph T. Bentley: An Autobiography. Self Published, 1982. First edition. 567 pp. Hardback. Inscribed inside front cover by Bentley. NF. He identifies and briefly describes receiving his second anointing on page 142. After the book had been published Bentley was cautioned about including details of this ordinance and so he placed a white sticker over the passage in the book before distributing copies of it. In this copy that sticker has been removed but has left behind some residue. Bentley was a longtime educator and later served as mission president (twice) and YMMIA superintendent.

$225  SOLD

2.  [Book of Mormon—Hawaiian] Ka Buke a Moramona. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1905. 2nd ed. 675 + xxiv pp. Hardcover. Original cloth boards with gilt stamping, black cloth or leatherette made to look like a 3/4 leather binding with modern gilt stamping; new marbled endsheets; previous owner’s name appears on blank front endsheet as well as the half title page. VG+. The ultra-rare first edition of the Book of Mormon in Hawaiian was published in 1855—most of the 2000 copies were never bound and likely destroyed in a fire. Five decades later, Jacob Gates (husband of Susa Young)—who had earlier served in the Sandwich Islands—was assigned to prepare a new edition. As part of his efforts, he cut up two copies of the first edition and made scrapbooks in which he made corrections. The previous owner was a missionary to Hawaii: Wallace H. Penrose, grandson of Charles W. Penrose (who set him apart as a missionary).

$350 SOLD

3.  Halverson, W. Dee. Bonneville International Corporation: Historical Record 1992-2001. Heritage Associates, LLC, 2013. 203 pp. Hardback. F. Following his compilation of the company from 1922 (with the founding what became KSL) to 1992, Dee Halverson gathered an overview of corporate history since 1992, derived from corporate records and several oral history interviews with company board and staff members. As Halverson notes in the introduction, during this period “there has been more activity within the company (i.e. acquisitions, sales, trades, and innovations) than in all of the 70 prior years put together.” Also included are transcripts of oral histories with key figures during this period. According to the author, 15 copies or less of this book were produced.

$150 SOLD

4.  [Jessop, Joseph Lyman] Diary of Joseph Lyman Jessop, Volume 2 – January 1, 1934 – April 21, 1945. NP, nd [2000]. Hardcover. 310 pp. Bumped top corners, gouge to back cover. VG. Joseph Lyman Jessop was born in Millville, home to many early fundamentalists. In the early 1920, he—along with his father—went to work at the Nathaniel Baldwin radio factory. There, they became acquainted with the “who’s who” of the burgeoning movement. In association with brothers-in-law John Y. Barlow, Ianthus W. Barlow and J. Leslie Broadbent, Jessop quickly became a key figure in the development of fundamentalism, particularly the growth of the Short Creek settlement. In March 1944, Lyman, along with several dozen associates were arrested—the next year, fifteen of them (including Jessop) would be imprisoned. In 1952, Lyman was called to a new council organized by Joseph W. Musser, which would form the basis of the Apostolic United Brethren. The diaries (privately printed) were done in small numbers—no complete set is currently available for sale anywhere.

$150 SOLD

5.  [Johnson, Alan] Johnson, Alan P. Aaron Johnson, Faithful Steward: A Documentary History. Publishers Press, 1991. 652 pp. Hardback. Slight shelf wear at corners of dust jacket. NF. 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. Springville served as a key waypoint in the move south, putting Johnson at the center of the action. The book, written by a sympathetic descendant, draws on several Aaron Johnson collections, including his correspondence at the Church History Library. Steadily increased in value over the years.

$225

6.  [Kingsbury, Joseph C.] Cook, Lyndon W. Joseph C. Kingsbury: A Biography. Provo: Grandin Book Company, 1985. 272 pp. Hardback. A few small tears and creases to dust jacket. 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. One of the more difficult to find Grandin publications.

$85

7.  [Law, William] Cook, Lyndon W. William Law: Biographical Essay. Nauvoo Diary. Correspondence. Interview. Grandin Book Company, 1994. 164pp. Hardback. As new. 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-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.

$125 

8.  [Little, Feramorz] Little, James Amasa. Biographical Sketch of Feramorz Little. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1890. 191 pp. Flake-Draper 4949. Full black leather with title in gilt on front cover and spine and white floral endsheets, a.e.g.. Rebacked–no stamping on spine. Covers and stamping unusually nice. VG. Feramorz Little, a nephew of Brigham Young, tried his hand at various trades without much success during his early years. After coming to Utah Territory, his fortunes turned to the positive. Using his connections with key figures in the area, he became involved in several prominent ventures: the first saloon in Utah, lumber and grist mills, railroads and the territorial penitentiary (which would later house many polygamy convicts). Following his baptism (despite his family connections, he had never joined Mormonism), he continued gaining prominence, joining the Council of Fifty while also serving as mayor of Salt Lake City for three terms. Following Little’s death in 1887, his younger brother James was commissioned by the family—impressed by his biography of uncle Lorenzo Dow Young (finally published in the Utah Historical Quarterly in 1946)—to extend the same treatment to his brother’s accomplished life.

$700

Another copy. Full black leather with title in gilt on front cover and spine and white floral endsheets, a.e.g.. Leather along edges is heavily rubbed with chips missing from head spine and the corners being rubbed through. Top half of spine has been glued down and the bottom half of the spine has been supplied as a repair. Part of title in gilt on spine is missing. Text block is tight and sound. Near VG. $600

9.  Lund, John Lewis. Understanding Your Patriarchal Blessing. Noble Publishing, 1980. Hardback. 99pp. No dust jacket. Bound upside down, minor rubbing to edges, small tear on Table of Contents page. VG. Lund, director of the Logan Institute at the time of publication, was asked by a secretary to the Quorum of the Twelve to remove the book from circulation immediately after release. Lund complied and recalled nearly all copies that had been distributed. Later, Lund learned that church leaders were uncomfortable with someone in his position opining on something they felt to be sacred. As part of the fallout of the publication, Lund lost his position in CES. Several years later he was rehired with the inference being that church leaders should not involve themselves in private publications. A very affordable copy of this true modern rarity.

$225 SOLD

10.  Nelson, Russell Marion. From Heart to Heart An Autobiography. Quality Press, Inc., 1979. Hardback. 481pp.  Name inside front cover and notes inside rear cover; approximately a dozen scattered pages with underlining in pen. 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.” Nelson also makes an oblique reference to receiving his second anointing, adding to the book’s intrigue. Foreword by Spencer W. Kimball. Scarce.

$750 SOLD

11.  Piercy, Frederick  [Edited by James Linforth]. Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley Illustrated with Steel Engravings and Wood Cuts From Sketches by Frederick Piercy. Bedford, Mass.: Franklin D. Richards, 1855. First edition. 120pp. Nine woodcuts, 30 plates.  Flake-Draper 6381. Original 3/4 red leather over red cloth with decorative marbled endsheets (possibly modern). Title in gilt on front cover and spine; spine has 5 raised bands and gilt designed panels. Minor chipping and losses of leather to head and foot of spine as well as along outer hinge near bottom of spine; covers are moderately soiled and rubbed; edges and corners heavily rubbed; bears bookplate of “Private Library of Levi Edgar Young”; unlined paper bearing signature of Franklin D. Richards, Great Salt Lake City is laid in – unverified signature; small closed tear on right margin of foldout map; pages and plates are quite clean. Collates complete with all plates/guards present. VG. Route took several steps before getting to its final iteration. The first stage envision a simple collection of engravings produced from drawings made by Frederick Piercy during an 1853 trip to Utah Territory. Following his return to England, an accompanying trip narrative was planned and, finally, an account of Mormon emigration and advice to those making the trip. The work was issued in fifteen parts and agents peddled subscriptions throughout the British Mission. “One of the most elaborately and beautifully illustrated of western books.” (Howes, U.S. IANA, 348) While the provenance of this copy is solid, the tipped in page with the signature of Franklin D. Richards is quite possibly a Mark Hofmann “original.” Though the print run is estimated at 2500 copies, relatively few complete sets have survived, particularly in this good of condition (“a large potion of the edition was water-damaged while in transit to New York.” [Howes, U.S. IANA, 348]) Copies we have seen offered for sale elsewhere in the past several years have been at substantially higher prices.

$22,000

12.  Roberts, B. H. Plural Marriage: The Mormon Marriage System: A Series of Articles From the Pen of the Late B. H. Roberts of the First Council of Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And From Other Sources. With Introduction and Footnotes by the Editor of Truth. Salt Lake City: Truth Publishing Company, [1936?]. 24pp. Green printed wrappers. Wraps. VG.  By the mid-1930s, Mormon fundamentalists were well on the way to becoming a distinctive body. As part of this development, a periodical—Truth, under the editorship of Joseph Musser—argued for key principles. Using a series of articles penned by B. H. Roberts in 1884 for the Contributor, Musser commented on the necessity of “the principle” for salvation. The piece first appeared in the July 1, 1936, issue of Truth—this offprint was likely produced around that time. One of the more difficult B. H. Roberts items to acquire—also one of the earliest fundamentalist publications.

$100 SOLD

13.  Selman, Mormon V. Dictionary of Ute Indian Language. M. H. Graham Printing Co, nd [ca. 1920?]. First edition. 20pp. At the October 1877 general conference, Mormon Selman—the son of (unsurprisingly) Mormon converts from Wales—was called with his wife to go to Indianola as part of a missionary effort among the Ute tribe there. His first wife balked at the prospect and Selman remarried—he would stay in Thistle Valley for the next twenty-two years, teaching both white and Native American children. Based on his address in the pamphlet, it was printed from ca. 1918 to his death in 1929 (the earliest known M. H. Graham Printing publication is from 1924). The terms in the small dictionary represent a conglomeration of Mormon, Native American and contemporary racist backgrounds: “baptized,” “Book of Mormon,” “tomahawk,” “sun dance,” “crazy Indian,” etc. Sotheby’s sold a lesser-condition copy of this pamphlet, in 1999 as part of the Frank T. Siebert Library sale for $1,265.00. Very rare.

$950 SOLD

14.  Smith, Joseph. History of the Church (brown leather set). Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, nd [1973?]. Limited ed. 7 vol. set  + Index. Full brown puffy leather. Top edge gilt. Gilt stamping on spine. Several volumes have minor bumping to the edges. VG+. This set was produced by Deseret Book in the 1970s in a relatively small quantity—probably about 300 sets were produced. Nicely done—a product of the unique “puffy cover” period—this is one of four times where the set was produced in leather: first edition (full and ¾ leather), LDS Heritage Library and 2008 Deseret Book edition being the other three. On average, we only see one set every three years—quite difficult to find.

$1000 SOLD

15.  [Smith, Joseph] The Testimony given before the judge of the fifth judicial circuit of the State of Missouri on the trial of Joseph Smith, jr., and others, for high treason, and other crimes against that State  February 15, 1841. Blair & Rivers, printers., 1841. Pamphlet. First edition. 47 pp. Flake-Draper 5428. U.S. 26th Cong. 2d Sess. Senate. [Doc.] 189  Small closed tear at top of first page; some creasing and rolling along spine area. Disbound. VG+. During the summer and fall of 1838, tensions between Mormons and their neighbors in Northern Missouri reached a boiling point. In October, governor Lilburn Boggs issued the extermination order, troops laid siege to Far West and Joseph Smith and associates were arrested. On November 12, Austin King began a series of hearings relating to the charges of treason against the accused. Witnesses for the prosecution included dissidents Sampson Avard, Reed Peck and John Corrill while those for the defense included Nancy Rigdon, daughter of Sidney. Includes testimony given before the court regarding the Daughters of Zion (Danites) and their asserted efforts to drive non-Mormons from Caldwell Co., Missouri.  Says, in part, “The covenant taken by all the Danite band was as follows, to wit: they declared, holding up their right hands, ‘in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, I do solemnly obligate myself ever to conceal, and never to reveal, the secret purposes of this society called the Daughters of Zion. Should I ever do the same, I hold my life as the forfeiture.'”  Very early—only the fourth U.S. government document to mention the Mormons.

$750 SOLD

16.  Smith, Joseph Fielding. Blood Atonement and the Origin of Plural Marriage A Discussion. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1905. First edition. 112 pp.  Original pink wraps. Flake 8050.  Name on front wrap, text block beginning to separate from wraps. Near VG. Continuing the often tense relationship with the RLDS Church from the previous generation, Joseph Fielding Smith (then known as Joseph F. Smith, Jr.) frequently pointed out differences between the two groups. This pamphlet was the follow-up to his first salvo—earlier in the year, he had published a smaller pamphlet entitled The “Reorganized” Church vs. Salvation for the Dead. The book arose after Joseph Fielding Smith took issue with comments made in a newspaper by Richard C. Evans, a counselor in the RLDS First Presidency. Over the course of several years, the two traded historical blows which are included. Notable in Smith’s defense is his use of affidavits—likely for the first time—given in 1869 by plural wives and contemporaries of Joseph Smith that were collected by his father, then-apostle Joseph F. Smith. In the next conference after publishing these two works, he was named assistant church historian—fifteen years later, he was promoted to church historian. Scarce in original wraps.

$100

17.  [Snow, Lorenzo] Smith, Eliza R. Snow. Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Deseret News Company, Printers, 1884. First edition. 581pp. Brown cloth with blind stamped covers; title in gilt on front cover and spine as well as a gilt beehive and bands at head and foot. Minor to moderate rubbing to edges and cornes. Evidence of tape removal (darkening to spine) at bottom of spine; new endsheets have been added (possibly to cover up library markings and certainly to shore up the hinges. Page 92 has several paragraphs with yellow highlighting; pages 100 & 202 have Franklin Co. L.D.S. Seminary written in ink at top of page. VG. After a lifetime in poetry and other genres, Eliza R. Snow Smith (who began using her married name following the death of Brigham Young) set her hand to biography. As she notes in the preface, the book was designed primarily for family members. No contemporary advertisement appears in church periodicals, bearing out that focus. Following the first section (entitled “Autobiography” though written by Eliza) is a supplement with Lorenzo Snow’s account of a voyage to Palestine headed up by First Presidency counselor George A. Smith. The first cloth copy of this rare biography we have seen in more than fifteen years.

$750

18.  Sortore, Abram. Biography And Early Life Sketch Of The Late Abram Sortore, Including His Trip To California And Back. NP: 1909. 10 pp. 22 cm. Cowan, 894. Flake-Draper 8281, Kurutz 593, Mattes 970, Mintz 431. Blue wraps. NF. “This autobiographical statement consists of a letter written to Sortore’s niece, Jennie Thomas, dated March 25, 1909. He wrote: ‘I was then 21 years old with no sweetheart to leave behind I joined with three of my neighbors in the great rush to California for Gold.’ Sortore left from Keokuk, Iowa, in March 1850, traveled overland via the California Trail, and arrived in Placerville, where he found his first nugget. Sortore and companions mined near Louisville on the South Fork of the American River. Eventually, he mined on the South Fork of the Yuba River near Bridgeport. In October 157, he returned home via Nicaragua.” (Kurutz, The California Gold Rush: A Descriptive Bibliography,  604). Sortore’s narrative also includes his account of the Mormon settlement at Nauvoo, where he arrived “in time to see the smoke and hear the roar of ‘Cannon’ when the Citizens fired on the Mormons to drive them from Nauvoo.” “A very scarce pamphlet, with only a few copies known to exist.” (Mintz, The Trail: A Bibliography of the Travelers on the Overland Trail, 124). Very light fading along the extremities; else near fine. Scarce, particularly in wrappers.

 $550 

19.  Stenhouse, T.B.H. Rocky Mountain Saints: A Full and Complete History of the Mormons…  D. Appleton and Company, 1873. First edition. xxiv, 761pp. Flake-Draper 8404. Green cloth with blindstamped designs on front and rear covers; front cover has black ink and gilt designs; title and author in gilt on spine; minor fraying to head and foot of spine; corners rubbed; previous owner’s personal embossed library stamp on front endsheet; frontispiece is heavily toned; minor soling and toning to scattered pages. VG. Thomas Brown Holmes Stenhouse, born in Scotland, was a powerful and successful missionary in the 1850s. After arriving in Utah, he edited a pro-Mormon newspaper and otherwise used his pen in Mormonism’s defense. By 1870, he had soured on Brigham Young’s leadership and joined with the dissident Godbeite movement. A year after his wife Fanny published Tell It All, T.B.H. published his own account of Mormon history. Because of their “insider” status, both books were extremely popular and held a place akin to No Man Knows My History several generations later. A very affordable copy of this important work.

$225

20.  Stokes, Jeremiah. Thunder Cave: The Thrilling Adventures of Giant Wigwah and the Two Little Colored Boys, Jasper and Zebbie. Told in in Eighteen Fascinating Episodes of Sparkling Humor and Gripping Mystery. Bookcraft, 1945. First printing. 220pp. Hardback. Minor rubbing to covers. This copy is inscribed on half title page: “To my dear friend and brother E. Cecil McGavin with my best wishes. Sincerely, Jeremiah Stokes, 12/30/46.” VG. Thunder Cave began as a series of pamphlets in the 1920s. Stokes, then living in Draper, pulled in prominent cartoonist Jack Sears to illustrate a book version. The first edition—published in 1932—was then revised into the Bookcraft edition. Though controversial due to its period depictions of African-Americans and Native Americans, it has been a well-loved part of children’s libraries. The recipient, E. Cecil McGavin, was an LDS historian and author of more than a dozen books.

$250

21.  Widtsoe, John A. Priesthood and Church Government. Deseret Book Company, 1939. First edition. 410pp. This copy is signed inside the front cover by John A. Widtsoe and states it is the “2nd copy for correction” as well as page numbers 117,139, 216, 235, 266, 287, 316, 322, 323, 332, 370, 381, 384, 387, 388, 394, 395, 135, 244, 383 (written in Widtsoe’s hand) all indicating pages with his corrections. Page 83 also has numerous change in pencil. Also written on spine in faded black ink is “2nd correction.” A secondary owner’s library stamp appears on half title page (loose) as well as inside the rear cover. Moisture staining along bottom and right margin of pages throughout as well as staining to covers. Near VG.  Written as a successor to Joseph B. Keeler’s The Lesser Priesthood, Widtsoe’s account was carefully supervised by colleagues among the general authorities. Despite having so many people assist with the first edition, Widtsoe himself apparently was responsible for the corrections in the second edition (issued in 1950). All these handwritten corrections—in Widtsoe’s distinctive hand—were incorporated in this revised edition. While some are expected minor fixes, one is particularly entertaining—in the preface, Vera Stewart’s assistance (previously described as “very valuable”) is downgraded to just “valuable.” Having a copy of a book with corrections marked for a future edition is quite rare—having it be something authored by an apostle is quite unique.

$1000

22.  Young, Ann Eliza. Wife No. 19 The Story of a Life in Bondage… Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1876. Second printing. [7]-605pp. Flake-Draper 10047. Head and foot of spine are frayed especially at the head which has two small tears along the outer hinges of approximately a half inch; covers and edges rubbed and worn; name in ink inside front cover; personal library embossed stamp on front endsheet; bottom half second endsheet has been removed; minor moisture staining to plates but pages are clean. Near VG. In 1873, newspapers nationwide jumped on a juicy story—a plural wife of Brigham Young was filing for divorce, claiming neglect and cruel treatment (this just following a murder case involving Young which never went to trial). The woman, Ann Eliza Webb, was born in Nauvoo, the daughter of early converts to Mormonism. She had married Brigham Young as a plural wife (with no “official” list of his wives, the numbering is by necessity ambiguous) in 1868 but the relationship turned sour. She was excommunicated in 1874 and, soon after, went on a speaking tour lecturing about the horrors of Mormonism and polygamy. As an “apostate wife,” she then penned an expose out of a “desire to impress upon the world what Mormonism really is; to show the pitiable condition of its women, held in a system of bondage that is more cruel than African slavery ever was, since it claims to hold body and soul alike.” One of the most famous of all anti-Mormon exposes.

$125

23.  [Young, Brigham] Van Wagoner, Richard (ed.). Complete Discourses of Brigham Young. Salt Lake City: Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2009. 5 volume set. 3186 pp. All volumes clean of any names or marking. Very minor rubbing to foredge of a couple volumes. VG+. This series makes available every known published and previously unpublished sermon (discourse, speech, or public teaching) of Brigham Young, second president of the LDS Church. The texts are drawn from various manuscript collections at LDS Church Archives: Brigham Young Addresses, Brigham Young Minutes, Brigham Young Diaries, Brigham Young Office and Secretary Journals, Thomas Bullock Minutes, Willard Richards Diary, John D. Lee Journals, and Heber C. Kimball Journals, as well as from the “History of Brigham Young,” “Journal History of the Church,” Deseret News, History of the Church, Journal of Discourses, and Millennial Star. The series includes an introduction and index. Out of print for several years now, the set has steadily gained value.

$1200

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Though their schedule won’t permit an event, Fiona and Terryl Givens will be dropping by to sign copies of their new book, The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us (published by Deseret Book). They will likely be here this Thursday, November 2, during the day. Please let us know if you would like us to hold a signed copy for pick up or mail one to you.

In a world increasingly prone to doubt, a foundation in Christ is the only sure basis of a durable discipleship. And for Latter-day Saints, the Jesus Christ revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith is, in some very significant ways, a different kind of Christ than the Jesus of modern Christianity. The Christ of the restored gospel collaborated with Heavenly Parents for our salvation even before the foundation of the world, “does not anything” save it be for our benefit (2 Nephi 26:24), and is determined to patiently guide and nurture every one of God’s children into an eternal heavenly family. Most significantly, this Christ does not rescue us from a condition of original sin or depravity. Rather, He is primarily a healer of the wounds incident to a long-planned sojourn, one intended to immerse us in the trials, pains, and soul-stretching of this mortal schoolroom. He is not only the most remarkable being in the history of religious thought; He is, in fact, The Christ Who Heals. This book is a follow-up to The God Who Weeps and Crucible of Doubt).

Fiona Givens is a retired modern language teacher with undergraduate degrees in French and German and a graduate degree in European History. She is now an independent scholar who has published in several journals and reviews in Mormon studies, including Journal of Mormon History, Exponent II, and LDS Living. 

Terryl Givens holds the Jabez A. Bostwick chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond.

 

The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us. Deseret Book. 158pp. Hardback. $19.99

 

**due to short notice, we have limited quantities of some titles**

Other titles by Fiona and Terryl Givens

The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith by Terryl and Fiona Givens. Deseret Book, 2014. Hardback. $19.99.

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Deseret Book, 2012. Paperback–$14.99/Hardback–$19.99

Other titles by Terryl Givens

Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity by Terryl Givens.  Oxford University Press, 2014. Hardback. $36.95

Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis. Oxford University Press, 2017. Hardback. $34.95

The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism (with Philip Barlow). Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardback. $150.00

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Matthew Grow). Oxford University Press, 2011. Hardback. $36.95

The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States (with Reid Neilson). Columbia University Press, 2014. Hardback. $80.00

Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries. Oxford University Press, 2008. Paperback. Reg. $26.95, SALE $6.99

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion. Oxford University Press, 2003. Paperback. $19.95

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2009. Paperback. $11.95

The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (updated ed.). Oxford University Press, 2013. Paperback. $28.95

People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture. Oxford University Press, 2007. Paperback. $28.95

 

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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

We are very excited to announce that D. Michael Quinn, author of the highly-anticipated Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power (published by Signature Books), will be here Wednesday, October 25 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 (we anticipate a large crowd so arriving early is highly recommended) and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Early in the twentieth century, it was possible for Latter-day Saints to have lifelong associations with businesses managed by their leaders or owned and controlled by the church itself. For example, one could purchase engagement rings from Daynes Jewelry, honeymoon at the Hotel Utah, and venture off on the Union Pacific Railroad, all partially owned and run by church apostles.

Families could buy clothes at Knight Woolen Mills. The husband might work at Big Indian Copper or Bullion-Beck, Gold Chain, or Iron King mining companies. The wife could shop at Utah Cereal Food and buy sugar supplied by Amalgamated or U and I Sugar, beef from Nevada Land and Livestock, and vegetables from the Growers Market. They might take their groceries home in parcels from Utah Bag Co. They probably read the Deseret News at home under a lamp plugged into a Utah Power and Light circuit. They could take out a loan from Zion’s Co-operative and insurance from Utah Home and Fire.

The apostles had a long history of community involvement in financial enterprises to the benefit of the general membership and their own economic advantage. This volume is the result of the author’s years of research into LDS financial dominance from 1830 to 2010.

D. Michael Quinn was an award-winning professor at BYU and is now an independent historian. He is the author of several seminal books and articles that have received awards from the American Historical Association, John Whitmer Historical Association, and Mormon History Association.

 

The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power. Signature Books. 597pp. Hardback. $49.95

 

Other titles by the author

The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power. Signature Books, 1994. Hardback. $39.95

The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power. Signature Books, 1997. Hardback. $44.95

Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (2nd ed.). Signature Books, 1998. Paperback. $28.95

Elder Statesman: A Biography of J. Reuben Clark. Signature Books, 2002. Hardback. $49.95

Same-sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example. University of Illinois, 1996. Paperback. $39.00.

 

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Reminder that Mark Ashurst-McGee, David W. Grua, Elizabeth A. Kuehn, Alexander L. Baugh, and Brenden W. Rensink, editors of The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 6: February 1838–August 1839, will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, October 4, to speak about and sign copies of their book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00 p.m.—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

 

As a teaser, we include some interesting things learned in an interview with three of the editors (Mark Ashurst-McGee, Elizabeth Kuehn and David Grua) that we attended last week. Questions and answers are slightly paraphrased from notes taken during the interview. Enjoy!

 

Mark Ashurst-McGee: This volume has 4 parts—the first two are about Far West/Adam-ondi-Ahman/DeWitt, the third is Joseph Smith under arrest and the fourth is the period following the escape from Missouri and the rebuilding process in Iowa/Illinois. I was mainly responsible for the first two sections, David for the third and Elizabeth for the fourth.

Q—This volume includes content from Wilford Woodruff’s “Book of Revelations.” What do we know about its creation and usage? How does it differ from journal entries?

Elizabeth Kuehn: Woodruff gets it from his brother, Asahel, and then starts using it in the summer of 1839 when Joseph Smith is preparing the 12 to leave for a mission in England. The Church History Library got parts of his collection from different branches of the family over the years. The provenance for this particular item is given in the source note in this volume [see p. 575]. Where the same discourse is reported in his journal, the “Book of Revelations” entry is more expansive. He also uses his cursive hand than his more familiar block printing. One discourse starts as grouped thoughts and then he strikes it out and expands it into a full entry.

Q—How does one determine what is most contemporary among Woodruff’s various sources?

Elizabeth: We do line ups to compare two texts line by line and word by word. The first entries are revelations dealing with the Twelve—these are key things to take to England relating to his responsibilities. Willard Richards’ “Pocket Companion” copies from the “Book of Revelations.” Some of the Twelve also have personal copies of things like this, not necessarily kept in a notebook.

Q—How did this item come to the attention of the Joseph Smith Papers team?

Mark: We heard about it five years ago when it came over from the First Presidency vault.

Elizabeth: However, it came into our document lineup later—Robin Jensen asked if we were going to use it as a source partway through the writing process for this volume.

Q—What can you tell us about the “Letter to the Citizens of Jackson County?” [see p. 282]

David Grua: Joseph Smith and others are arrested in August 1838 and then transported in November 1838 to Independence. Their fate is uncertain, they have heard rumors and think maybe if we are nice, butter up residents, maybe we can sway public opinion. The letter is published in a newspaper and we don’t have the original. It was published several miles away which makes us think maybe it was published as a broadside.

Q–Does this letter line up with Dean Jessee’s article “‘Walls, Grates and Screeking Iron Doors’: The Prison Experience of Mormon Leaders in Missouri, 1838-1839?” [published in New Views of Mormon History: Essays in Honor of Leonard J. Arrington]

David: In a letter Joseph wrote to Emma, he mentions how surprised they were at how nice residents were. Some have wondered if he was being sarcastic—however, Parley P. Pratt writes to his wife with same message so probably not.

Mark—When you look at the documents for this period, there are some things that tweak the general narrative.

Q—During this period, vigilante violence becomes state-sponsored. What triggers the shift? What documents illuminate this? How might this volume help as course correction to curriculum, for example?

David: At the end of part 2 going into part 3 of this volume, there is very little extant here. No journal, no correspondence, but we know from other sources that there were some letters mobilizing troops that don’t survive. When they go to Daviess County and sack Millport and Gallatin, some say that Joseph Smith sends a letter to Rigdon announcing their victory. Albert P. Rockwood keeps a contemporary journal that describes a “Northern Campaign.” John Smith also has a journal for 22 October noting that “all the enemy has been driven from the county.” These types of sources conform to the John Corrill and Reed Peck narratives. There are hints in the Liberty Jail letters—for example, the 16 December 1838 letter has two versions, both of which seem to make their way out of jail and are copied. In one version, Joseph Smith calls the Mormon raids “just retaliation.” We struggled with terminology in this volume—Stephen LeSueur [in 1838 Mormon War in Missouri] calls anti-Mormons vigilantes and Mormons troops. We finally decided we had to recognize both sides are acting as vigilantes. Civil authority has broken down and both sides have no other recourse in order to achieve their goals.

Mark: Is this is a war or a battle? We saw this as a chance to step back and be objective. There were four killed at Crooked River—this isn’t exactly the Battle of the Bulge. We decided to simply call it a skirmish.

David: One version of this Liberty Jail letter is copied into Joseph Smith’s Scriptory Book. However, this particular copy [displayed at the interview] is in the hand of Zina D. Huntington. She copies it early on—this serves as an interesting example of a woman acting as copyist. There are no other examples of her copying things—this seems to be her personal copy of this letter. Here is another partial copy of the letter—interestingly, this is in Phebe Woodruff’s hand though we don’t have a sense for when or why it was created. At some point, an unidentified hand adds at the top “Given by Jesus through Joseph Smith” (though there is a good-sized space at the top of the page as though someone may have wanted to add a header”). Others are copying it whole or parts of it—Joseph tells Emma he wants people to copy and circulate these. There are several letters from the jail to Emma—he apparently sees it as his responsibility to write to Emma in his own hand.

Liberty Jail letter in Zina Huntington hand

Q—What about the Danites?

David: Luman Shurtliff, for example, describes the Danites as a “good organization.” In this connection, we spent some time looking at the Fourth of July discourse which, due to space concerns, is an online appendix to the book.

Mark: A revelation from the late Jackson County period outlines how Mormons were to forgive their enemies three times [D&C 98:39-44]. Rigdon is paraphrasing from Section 98 in the Fourth of July sermon—Mormons feel like they are now scripturally justified in going after their enemies. Vengeance in this period—in my reading—is tied to justice unlike the modern separation of law/justice and personal vengeance. There were very weak judicial institutions that gave way quickly to vigilante means. Mormons had found out at DeWitt that the state would no longer protect them.

David: Sidney warns people in this discourse—in the name of Christ based on the language of D&C 98—then they feel like they are justified. The pattern of settlements outside of Caldwell earlier in June is important background to this sermon. Mormons print the sermon and distribute it as “public notice” (which is very unusual for this period) and then send it to a non-Mormon newspaper and ask them to print it.

Mark: There is a Joseph Smith sermon but we don’t have a text—he’s basically just affirming Rigdon.

David: We also have Joseph Smith as editor of the Elders’ Journal encouraging Mormons to get their own copy.

Q—How did you approach sexual violence during this period? Women’s sources don’t mention it, for example.

David: Joseph Smith mentions it in vague terms: “violated.” Rockwood’s journal reports rapes and it shows up in newspapers. We contacted Andrea Radke-Moss to make sure we were on the same page. We also made it a point to make sure it’s being discussed. On a similar note, we also mention two instances of women dying (one in childbirth, one in old age)—things that often tend to get overlooked.

Mark: As documentary editors, we try to look at everything and produce a balanced viewpoint in annotation.

Q—What can you tell us about the “Bill of Damages?” [see p. 492]

David: In March 1839, Joseph Smith writes to the church from Liberty Jail—a portion of which becomes 123—and instructs them to create a document with their losses in order to seek redress. Then, in the May conference, Mormons are asked to write affidavits. When Joseph goes to Quincy, he finally has some time to sit down and write the bill. With several options before them, they decide that going to Congress is best choice. A cache of affidavits and this bill go to Congress and are actually before them for a short time and then are returned to the Mormons.

Mark: Joseph Smith isn’t a numbers guy so his bill reads more like scripture or sacred history.

Q—Does Fanny Alger play a role in this volume? 

Mark: It is well known that she and Joseph have a relationship which is most likely a marriage (even from hostile sources). She does come up indirectly several times—for example, this volume starts as Joseph Smith has left Kirtland. Rumors about Alger pop up several times—the Oliver Cowdery membership trial being a key instance.

The editors mentioned that financial documents—covered by Elizabeth—yielded some of the most interesting new research in this volume.

Elizabeth: Interestingly, the Kirtland Safety Society doesn’t play a part in these documents though it bears on them somewhat. Debts from land purchases and, particularly, litigation are what are looming during this period. Oliver Granger is functioning as an ad hoc agent before he receives an official commission to resolve the debts. He deals with these matters personally and then later presents it to Joseph Smith. Kirtland Temple debts also loom over the Nauvoo era though there is a letter from one creditor that praises Granger for paying debts.

Mark: This was an era in which culture of honor prevailed. Joseph Smith would have seen it as a matter of personal integrity to pay debts and they did so successfully in many cases.

List 2

Later this fall, we will be celebrating thirty years in business and are making plans for some special events. Be watching your emails. In the meantime, we present List 2 of some scarce, if not rare, Mormon collectible works. We plan to issue lists on a regular basis with an occasional full-blown catalog thrown in. Our store is brimming with a variety of Mormon books (new, in-print, out-of-print, used, and rare), documents, and other collectibles. This list contains a mere sampling of our large and often fascinating inventory. We hope you find something of interest in this list. Please let us know if there are any LDS titles, in-print or not, that you’re looking for. Our stock is the most extensive ever and we are usually able to find requested books, often without a long wait. We thank you for your loyal patronage and look forward to hearing from you soon.
 
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1.  Anderson, Richard Lloyd and Scott H. Faulring (eds.). Witness of the Second Elder, The Documentary History of Oliver Cowdery, 4 vols. FARMS: 1999. Preliminary draft. Dated 3 Feb 99 at foot of each page. Velobound. Fine.  Inscription by Faulring inside front cover: “These 4 volumes are the last pre-publication drafts of the ‘Cowdery Papers.’ More than likely the general editors will recommend a reduction of the size of the collection=we will resist these efforts but may have to give in to ‘reason.’ This effort has consummed [sic] over 70 years of our research lives but we believe Oliver Cowdery would be pleased with our efforts. . . . P.S. There are only 4 sets of this draft.” This massive undertaking—preceding the Joseph Smith Papers by a decade—sought to collect all Oliver Cowdery materials into one place. The documents were presented with minimal annotation in chronological order. In addition to the four volumes, an additional document (written up by Erin Jennings in 2012) is laid in. Also, a folder containing slides from a presentation to the Religious Studies Center regarding publication (one slide notes that 10% of the documents still needed to be transcribed) and outlining the contents, status and needs for the project is included—the folder also contains a tentative contents list (with different title for the project) and an index to an unknown draft of the compilation. Given that only four sets of this draft were produced, this is quite a rarity.

$1000 SOLD

2.  Bautista, M[argarito]. “…Wilt Thou Restore The Kingdom….” To Israel? Colonial Industrial Mexicana, 1952. 224 pp. Paperback.Yellow wrappers. Moisture staining to front and rear covers and on last 12 pages of text. Near VG. Born in 1878 in Mexico and baptized in 1901, Bautista moved to Utah in the midst of the exodus from the Mormon colonies due to the revolution. He returned to Mexico for a time in the 1920s but came back to Utah where he began writing his first book—a history of Mexico that would rival the Book of Mormon in importance in some Mexican Mormon circles. Returning to Mexico, he became involved with a nationalist Mormon movement—the Third Convention—that led to his excommunication in 1937. His growing interest in polygamy and the law of consecration spurred him to leave the movement and found Colonia Industrial. The group, eventually called El Reino de Dios en su Plenitud (The Kingdom of God in its Fulness) and still in existence, would have ties to the LeBaron brothers early on and, later, the AUB. Drawing on his fluency in English, Bautista writes at length here of the necessity of polygamy and consecration—his unique blend of nationalism and fundamentalism are present on each page. Extremely rare.

$75 SOLD

3.  Briney, Drew. Understanding Adam God Teachings: A Comprehensive Resource of Adam-God Materials. NP, 2005. 658 pp. Hardcover. As new. Statements by Brigham Young and other 19th Century leaders regarding the nature of Adam and his status as a god have been characterized as everything from theory to doctrine and even heresy. One thing is certain—there was much said and written about this topic. There have previous attempts to compile these statements into one place before but none have been so comprehensive. The material has been collected into topics to make it more useful. Tripled in value since going out of print five years ago.

$150

4.  Cheney, Thomas E. The Golden Legacy: A Folk History of J. Golden Kimball. Brigham Young University Press, 1973. First edition. 155pp. Hardback. Dust jacket is soiled especially along rear panel and spine, the dust jacket also has a few small tears. This copy seems to have been in a library but has all library stickers or markings removed from inside the front and rear covers with minor damage to the endsheets and pastedowns. Near VG. Given Kimball’s controversial personality, it is only fitting that this collection of tales about him underwent a checkered publication. The first edition, published by BYU Press, included several stories about a shared incontinence problem (due to prostate troubles) plaguing Kimball and Heber J. Grant. This raised some eyebrows and copies were recalled. In some cases, the title page was removed and the BYU Press logo on both dust jacket and book were obliterated. Unaltered copies (with title page intact and nothing done to the BYU Press logo) in this kind of shape are truly modern rarities. A revised edition, with two offending stories removed and a new story added, was published a year later by Peregrine Smith. A collectible with an entertaining backstory!

$900

5.  Chism, Shane J. A Selection of Early Mormon Hymnbooks, 1832-1872: Hymnbooks and Broadsides From the First 40 Years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Shane J. Chism (Lulu Press), 2011. 361 pp. Hardback/dust jacket. Limited to 200 copies. As new. Drawing on Peter Crawley’s Descriptive Bibliography, bibliographies of schismatic groups and early periodicals, Chism has amassed the most complete bibliography of early Mormon hymnals available. Each of the 94 entries includes full bibliographic detail, publication and content details, references to other bibliographies as well as a survey of institutional holdings. Dozens of photographs show title pages and selected hymns and a comprehensive table of the hymns shows the appearance of each composition in 28 important hymnals. Out of print for several years, this is quickly becoming a collectible.

$80 SOLD

6.  Hatch, Ernestine. Academia Juarez A.C., 1901-1976. Academia Juarez, 1977. 134 pp. Hardcover. VG+. The Juarez Stake Academy was an enclave of Utah culture set in Mexican surroundings. This history, written by the daughter of one of the first graduating class from the academy, includes numerous pictures of teams and organizations as well as the school yell:

Bif, Baf Bean! White and Green!

Bravest colors ever seen!

Bif, Baf, Bay! J. S. A.!

Stands for character Roo! Rah! Ray!

ACADEMY ! ! !

Each president of the academy receives a short biographical sketch which also traces the development of the academy. First copy of this we have seen.

$65

7.  Hatch, Nelle Spilsbury [Revised by Madelyn Hatch Knudsen]. Colonia Juarez: An Intimate Account of A Mormon Village. Madelyn Hatch Knudsen, 2012. Revised edition. 216 pp. Oversize green cloth with title embossed on front cover and spine. VG+. Changes to the text in this revised edition include an expansion of the chapter dealing with Pancho Villa, along with the addition of an epilogue containing a brief update of the history of Colonia Juarez since 1954, including a number of pictures. Accents have been added where appropriate and notes have been placed at the end of chapters. Captions to photographs are underneath each photo instead of appearing on a separate page. Some of the original photos are not included because the originals were unavailable for scanning. Not listed in Worldcat (only one known institutional listing)—this is the only copy we have seen.

$150

8.  Hatch, Nelle Spilsbury & B. Carmon Hardy (comp. & ed.). Stalwarts South of the Border. Ernestine Hatch, 1985. 808 pp.  Hardcover. 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. The project began in 1964 when the dedication of the auditorium/gymnasium in Colonia Juarez sparked Hatch to compile the history of her beloved land. Her father, after serving time in the Arizona Territorial Penitentiary for polygamy, moved to the colonies to escape further prosecution. Declining health on the part of Hatch resulted in historian Carmon Hardy (who passed last year) completing the book for publication. Increasing rarity has made this a modern collectible.

$250

another copy. Pencil check marks throughout. $200

9.  Jarvis, Zora Smith. Ancestry, Biography and Family of George A. Smith. Brigham Young University Press, 1962. 332, 91a, 30b, 36 pp. Minor rubbing and soiling to covers and foredge; note in pen inside front cover. Hardcover. VG. George A. Smith—father and grandfather of future leaders—was a key figure in Mormon history. An early apostle and First Presidency counselor, he was involved in many key events. The author felt the biography—comprising more than half of the book—was a way to honor her grandfather who died before she was born. The last section of the book lists his descendants—though he had seven wives, George A. had only twelve children. One of the most difficult family histories to find—we have sold only one other copy in fifteen years.

$425 SOLD

10.  LeBaron, Ross W. Behold, I Say Unto You: The Redemption of Zion Must Needs Come by Power:… The Church of the First-Born, [1963?]. [2] 32 [2] pp. Yellow printed wrappers. Rubber stamp of P.O. Box 1462 Salt Lake City, Utah on the rear wrapper. Nearly half of the pages are uncut along the top edge. Pamphlet. Condition: Very good. While most fundamentalist Mormons trace their claims for authority to an 1886 event involving John Taylor, the LeBaron groups are unique in instead positing that Benjamin F. Johnson—thought by them to be a “spiritual” son of Joseph Smith—conferred priesthood authority on his grandson Alma Dayer LeBaron. This mantle was claimed by several of his sons at different times, including the author of this pamphlet. Initially a colleague of sibling Joel in the Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times, Ross quickly formed his own organization, titled simply The Church of the First-Born. Overshadowed by his more newsworthy brothers (Ervil would kill Joel as well as numerous others before dying in prison), Ross continued his own course—when he died in 1996, several (including author and compiler Fred Collier) saw themselves as his successor. Group publications are very scarce.

$50 SOLD

11.  McConkie, Bruce R. [Translated by Iris Lloyd de Spannaus, edited by Graciela Herrera de Gonzalez & Mario Casco]. Doctrina Mormona (Mormon Doctrine, Spanish). Bookcraft, 1993. 788 pp. Corners bumped and rubbed; minor staining to foredge. Hardcover. Near VG. This was 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). Interestingly, Spannaus—a pioneering convert to Mormonism in Argentina—was a descendant of Welsh settlers in Patagonia. Printed in a small quantity—copies that do turn up are often “well-loved.”

$125

12.  [McGavin, E. Cecil] Cooper, Kishkuman. The Sex Life of Brigham Young. Vantage Press, 1963. First edition. 379 pp. Hardback. Touch up paint or marker on spine edges; blacked out name inside back cover; title page removed. Near VG. Popular author E. Cecil McGavin departed from his normal fare with this provocatively-titled novel. He penned the work under a pseudonym but—apparently inadvertently—neglected to remove his name from the copyright notice on the verso of the title page (removed here, as is often the case). Family stories suggest that the author’s wife was so disgusted with the project (and title!) that she made him burn most of the copies. A true modern rarity—this is our first copy in more than fifteen years. This is reflected in an old price–$1950—penciled inside the front cover.

$350 SOLD

13.  [Merrill, Marriner W.] Merrill, Melvin Clarence (ed.). Utah Pioneer and Apostle: Marriner Wood Merrill and His Family. NP: Melvin Clarence Merrill, 1937. First edition. 527 pp. Hardback. Name in ink twice inside front cover. VG. Merrill was appointed an apostle in 1889 in turbulent times. Albert Carrington had been excommunicated, John Taylor had died on the underground and longtime stalwart Erastus Snow had also died. He had previously been a pillar of the church in Cache Valley: bishop in Richmond, twice a counselor in the stake presidency and first president of the Logan Temple (a responsibility he held until his death). He was one of the staunchest advocates for plural marriage: he married eight wives (the last in 1901—ceremony performed by Matthias F. Cowley), encouraged others and likely performed several himself. As such, he was a much-desired witness in the Smoot Hearings—Merrill declined to appear, claiming ill health (he would indeed die during the hearings). Most notable among the contents is a 200-page section with excerpts from his diaries (now closed to research) such as this:

I was called to Salt Lake City to day by Telegram from Prest Woodruff. Met with First Presidency and Apostles. A number of questions were formulated by the Church Attorneys F S Richards & W H Dixon relative to the Manifesto and for ever abandoning the Practice of Plural Marriage

$200

14.  Reay, David and Vonda. Selected Manifestations. David Reay, 1985. First edition. 413 pp. Hardcover/dust jacket. VG+. Husband and wife David and Vonda Reay compiled this “unofficial collection of temple dedicatory prayers, revelations, visions, dreams, doctrinal expositions, and other inspired declarations” with the goal of it standing as a “harmonious companion to those Standard Reference Works.” Concern over copyright issues (due mainly to the inclusion of dedicatory prayers) and references to Mother in Heaven—the book is dedicated to her—resulted in most of the copies being pulled. A typed letter to historian and master bibliographer Peter Crawley signed by David and Vonda Reay laid in. One of the most notable modern collectibles.

$700

another copy. Minor creasing and closed tears to front panel of dust jacket. $600

15.  Rhoades, Gale R. and Kerry Ross Boren. Footprints in the Wilderness: A History of the the Lost Rhoades Mines. Dream Garden Press, 1980. Revised expanded edition. 416pp. Hardcover/dust jacket. NF. Utah and Mormon history is rich in lore of fabulous lost Spanish mines—none more fabulous than the tales of the Rhoades mines from the early territorial period. The authors, cousins and descendants of Thomas Rhoades, collect the accounts—both historic and from their own experiences—and also provide maps to the alleged caches. This greatly expanded second edition is difficult to find, particularly in this condition.

$150

16.  Roberts, B.H. Drafts 1, 2, & 3 of The Truth, The Way, The Life: An Elementary Treatise on Theology, 3 vols. BYU Studies, 1994. First edition. 987 pp., 643 pp., 846 pp. Hardcover. Foreword by John W. Welch. Beginning in the early 1920s, B. H. Roberts began work on what colleague George Albert Smith felt would be the “the most comprehensive treatise of the Gospel that has yet been published.” In 1927, following his stint as president of the Eastern States Mission, Roberts dictated a first draft to his secretary. He gradually worked over the manuscript until submitting it to a reading committee of the Twelve with the intent of publishing the treatise, likely as a manual. The committee took issue with some doctrinal, most notably the concept of “pre-Adamites.” Roberts, unwilling to make any substantive changes, eventually sought to publish it on his own but died before completing the task. Despite attempts in the 1970s to publish his magnum opus, the manuscript (held at the Church History Library [all three drafts] and the Marriott Library [Draft 3 only]) remained unpublished until rival editions were issued in 1994, both using Draft 3. This facsimile edition reproduces the complete version of all three of Roberts’ drafts. Thought to be less than 100 sets produced—tripled in value since going out of print.

$450 SOLD

17.  Seixas, J. Manual Hebrew Grammar for the Use of Beginners. Gould and Newman, 1834. 2nd ed., enl. and rev. 119pp. Hardcover. Light brown boards over brown spine. Chipping to spine, reinforcing tape at foot/crown of spine. Label on front cover partially obscured. Name and note in pencil on endsheet. Water staining at top/bottom of pages at beginning and end of book. Minor toning to pages. Ink streaks on four pages. Hinges tight. VG. In the fall of 1835, Joseph Smith attempted to hire Daniel Peixotto as a instructor in Hebrew. When he was not able to come, Joshua Seixas, a Jewish Christian, was hired to teach, replacing temporary instructor Joseph Smith himself. Interest in the classes outpaced supply of grammars (including some that Seixas provided) and Bibles—they ended up printing a supplement with extracts from this full grammar. Copies rarely come up for sale in the Mormon market.

$2000

18.  Seixas, J. Manual Hebrew Grammar for the Use of Beginners (facsimile ed.). Sunstone Foundation, 1981. 119pp. Hardcover. NF. Beginning in January 1836, a class of students in Kirtland studied Hebrew under Joshua Seixas, a Sephardic Jew. As a textbook, they used his grammar (published in 1834). One example of how the seven-week class would impact Mormonism can be seen on p. 50—following Seixas’ pronunciation, the verb נאוו (from Isa. 52:7—“how beautiful…”) is transliterated nau-voo. Included in this well-made facsimile edition (created from a copy at the Marriott Library, University of Utah) is Louis C. Zucker’s essay “Joseph Smith as a Student of Hebrew,” originally published in Dialogue.

$90

19.  [Smith, Joseph F.] Marden, Orison Swett and George Haywood Devitt (eds.). The Consolidated Library, 15 volume set. Bureau of National Literature and Art, 1907. 15 volumes. 3/4 red leather over green cloth boards and decorative marbled endsheets. VG. Volume 15 bears the following inscription in the hand of President Joseph F. Smith: “Joseph F. Smith Compliments of Edward Wilson Washington D. C. 15 Volumes, Rec’d June 20, 1908.” This extensive encyclopedia featured contributors such as Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Andrew Carnegie in its thousands of pages. While Pres. Smith was no doubt pleased to receive the set, he would likely not have enjoyed the description of Mormons therein—“the practice of polygamy is one of the distinguishing features of the organization”—the set being published the same year the Smoot hearings concluded. A fine addition to a collector’s library.

$500 SOLD

20.  Smith, Joseph Fielding (comp.). Life of Joseph F. Smith: Sixth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1938. First edition. 490 pp. Small chip at bottom of rear panel of dust jacket; minor darkening to dust jacket along spine; bookplate inside front cover. Hardcover/dust jacket. VG+. Joseph Fielding Smith was a busy man in 1938. In addition to publishing the classic Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (advertised on the back of the dust jacket), he also compiled this history of his father. In many places, the biography functions more as a documentary history as he quotes liberally from Joseph F.’s journals and correspondence. This would have been a fairly expensive book during the Depression—the retail price in 1938 ($2.50) would be approximately $43 today. Scarce in dust jacket for this era, particularly this nice.

 

$150

another copy. Several small pieces of dust jacket missing along top edge which also has several creases; minor soiling to covers, few pages with marking. $120

21.  Taylor, Samuel W. & Raymond W. Taylor. John Taylor Papers: Records of the Last Utah Pioneer, 2 vols. Redwood City, CA: Taylor Trust, 1985. 363, 553pp. Hardcover/dust jacket. Short inscription inside vol. 1. 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 (now restricted access).

$300

another set. Vol. 2 – no dust jacket. $290

22.  [Young, Brigham] Watson, Elden Jay. Manuscript History of Brigham Young (1801-44). Salt Lake City: Elden Jay Watson, 1968. First printing. 274 pp. Hardback. Minor soiling to covers; Scattered underlining and marking on the first 70 pages of text with a few pages with heavy notes and marking. Near VG. Limited edition of 500 copies. Hardcover. Like with Joseph Smith, efforts were made to compile a history of Brigham Young’s life. Using his journals and an autobiographical sketch written by Young, a serialized narrative was published in the i, vols. 25-26. Intriguingly, the compiler notes that Earl Olson informed him that several entries were omitted from the serialization (Watson did not attempt to locate them for publication herein). This narrative, following Young’s history of his early years, covers from 1839 to August 8, 1844, with the momentous meeting in Nauvoo in which Young publicly defended his claim as successor to Joseph Smith (the history beginning the next day, August 9, was also serialized and published as vol. 7 of History of the Church). Reflecting the technology of the day, the extensive index was created “through the use of the University of Utah computer.” Only our second copy in ten years.

$300

23.  [Young, Brigham] Watson, Elden J. Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1846-47. Salt Lake City: Elden J. Watson, 1971. 672 pp. Cloth. Limited to 500 copies. Name inside front cover. VG. This volume picks up where B. H. Roberts left off with the History of Brigham Young in compiling vol. 7 of History of the Church. Compiler Elden Watson notes that he had it bound to match later printings of that set in size and color. The compilation takes the history down through July 31, 1847. Also includes an extensive 60-page index. Due to its limited printing, it has been very difficult to find over the years.

$250

EVENING WITH THE EDITORS

We are pleased to announce that Mark Ashurst-McGee, David W. Grua, Elizabeth Kuehn, Alexander L. Baugh, and Brenden W. Rensink, editors of The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 6: February 1838–August 1839, will be here on Wednesday, October 4, to speak about and sign copies of their book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00 p.m.—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

The sixth volume of the Documents series contains personal letters, revelations, discourses, minutes, legal documents, and financial documents, among other documents. The documents in the volume trace the establishment of Far West, Missouri, as the center place of Zion; the spread of Mormon settlements in northwestern Missouri; Joseph Smith’s incarceration in Clay County, Missouri; the Saints’ expulsion from the state; and initial efforts to establish church settlements in Illinois and in Iowa Territory. The documents highlight Smith’s continued efforts to remove dissension from the church, establish a city of Zion, protect the Saints from anti-Mormons, and prepare the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for a mission to Europe.

Mark Ashurst-McGee is a senior research and review editor for the Joseph Smith Papers and a specialist in document analysis and documentary editing methodology. He holds a PhD in history from Arizona State University and has trained at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. He coedited volume one of the Journals series of The Joseph Smith Papers and volume one of the Histories series.

David W. Grua holds a PhD in American history from Texas Christian University and a BA and an MA in American history from Brigham Young University. He has published scholarly articles on Mormon and Native American history in the Western Historical Quarterly, the Journal of Mormon History, Federal History, and other peer reviewed journals and edited volumes. Before joining the Papers, he worked as a historian for the Church History Museum. As a student at BYU, he was a research assistant for the Papers, where he contributed to the first and second volumes of the Journals series.

Elizabeth Kuehn earned a BA with honors in history and a classical language certificate from Arizona State University, and an MA in European and women’s history from Purdue University. She is currently a PhD candidate in early modern European history at the University of California, Irvine. Before joining the project, she was an instructor in the history department and religious studies program at the University of California, Irvine. In 2016, she completed training at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents in New Orleans.

Alexander L. Baugh, professor of LDS church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, received a BS from Utah State University and holds MA and PhD degrees from BYU. His career has included work as an instructor and director for the LDS Church Educational System. He is the author or editor of five books on early Mormon history. The recipient of awards from the Mormon History Association for his scholarly works, he is completing a book manuscript on the Hawn’s Mill massacre that occurred in northern Missouri in 1838.

Brenden W. Rensink is an Assistant Professor of History, Assistant Director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, and general editor of Intermountain Histories. Before joining the faculty at BYU he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, was visiting faculty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a historian and editor for the Joseph Smith Papers.

 

The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 6: February 1838–August 1839. Church Historian’s Press. 800pp. Hardback. $54.95 (remember, subscribers to the series save 10% on each volume.

Previous Joseph Smith Papers Volumes

  1. Journals, Vol. 1 (1832-1839), $49.95 (2008)
  2. Revelations & Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books – Facsimile Ed., Reg. $99.95, SALE $79.99 (signed by volume and series editors!) (2009)

Includes full-color scans for every page in the two revelation books as well as color-coded transcriptions on the facing page.

  1. 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.

  1. Revelations & Translations, Vol. 2: Published Revelations, Reg. $69.95, SALE $19.99 (2011)
  2. Journals, Vol. 2 (1841-1843), $54.95 (2011)
  3. Histories, Vol. 1: Joseph Smith Histories (1832-1844), $54.95 (2012)
  4. Histories, Vol. 2: Assigned Histories (1831-1847), $54.95 (2012)
  5. Documents, Vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831, $54.95 (2013)
  6. Documents, Vol. 2: July 1831 – January 1833, $54.95 (2013)
  7. Documents, Vol. 3: February 1833-March 1834, $54.95 (2014)
  8. Revelations & Translations, Vol. 3: The Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (2 parts), $89.99/ea (2015)
  9. Journals, Vol. 3—May 1843-June 1844, $57.95 (2015)
  10. Documents, Vol. 4 – April 1834 – September 1835, $54.95 (2016)
  11. Administrative Records, Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846, $59.95 (2016)
  12. Documents, Volume 5: October 1835-January 1838, $54.95 (2017)

 

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EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS

 

We are excited that editors Matthew Grow and Eric Smith as well as contributors Richard Bennett, Jedediah Rogers, Matthew Godfrey, Spencer McBride, Christopher Blythe and Jeffrey Mahas will be here Wednesday, September to speak about and sign copies of their new book, The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History (published by the Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book). They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Three months before his death, Joseph Smith established the Council of Fifty; a confidential group that he believed would protect the Latter-day Saints in their political rights and one day serve as the government of the kingdom of God. The Council of Fifty operated under the leadership of Joseph Smith and then Brigham Young. The council’s minutes had never been available until they were published by the Joseph Smith Papers in September 2016. This book is a compilation of essays that will give an initial appraisal of how the council’s minutes enhance our understanding of Mormon history during the critical era of the last months of Smith’s life to the trek west. Some fifteen leading Mormon scholars—including Richard Bushman, Richard Bennett, Paul Reeve, and Patrick Mason—narrate and analyze the contributions of the records of the council to key questions.

The essays included are:

  1. Richard Bushman, “The Separatist Impulse in the Nauvoo Council of Fifty”
  2. Richard E. Turley Jr., “Injustices Leading to the Creation of the Council of Fifty”
  3. Spencer W. McBride, “The Council of Fifty and Joseph Smith’s Presidential Ambitions”
  4. Patrick Mason, “God and the People Reconsidered: Further Reflections on Theodemocracy in Early Mormonism”
  5. Benjamin E. Park, “The Council of Fifty and the Perils of Democratic Governance”
  6. Nathan B. Oman, “’We the People of the Kingdom of God’: Constitution Writing in the Council of Fifty”
  7. Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, “Lost Teachings of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Other Church Leaders”
  8. R. Eric Smith, “Insights into Mormon Record-Keeping Practices from the Council of Fifty Minutes”
  9. Matthew J. Grow and Marilyn Bradford, “’To Carry Out Joseph’s Measures Is Sweeter to Me Than Honey’: Brigham Young and the Council of Fifty”
  10. Jeffrey D. Mahas, “American Indians and the Nauvoo-Era Council of Fifty”
  11. Matthew C. Godfrey, “A Monument of the Saints’ Industry: The Nauvoo House and the Council of Fifty, 1845–46 141”
  12. Christopher James Blythe, “With Full Authority to Build Up the Kingdom of God on Earth”: Lyman Wight on the Council of Fifty 151
  13. Richard E. Bennett, “’We Are a Kingdom to Ourselves’: The Council of Fifty Minutes and the Mormon Exodus West”
  14. Jedediah S. Rogers, “The Council of Fifty in Western History”
  15. W. Paul Reeve, “The Council of Fifty and the Search for Religious Liberty”

 

“An excellent and up-to-date study of the Council of Fifty, a must-read for anyone interested in Mormon and American history.”

–Andrew H. Hedges, Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, and Coeditor of Journals 2 and Journals 3 of The Joseph Smith Papers

Matthew J. Grow is Director of Publications at the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a general editor of the Joseph Smith Papers.

Eric Smith is the editorial manager for the Publications Division, Church History Department. In that role, he edits print and web publications for the Church Historian’s Press, including publications of the Joseph Smith Papers.

 

The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. Hardback. 206pp. $21.99.

 

Other titles by Matthew J. Grow

The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History. Church Historian’s Press, 2016. Hardback. $49.95

From the Outside Looking In: Essays on Mormon History, Theology, and Culture. Oxford University Press, 2015. Paperback. $35.00

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism. Oxford University Press, 2011. Hardback. $36.95

The Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young & Thomas L. Kane. Oxford University Press, 2015. Reg. $39.99, SALE $9.99

Other titles by Matthew J. Grow and Jeffrey D. Mahas

The Joseph Smith Papers: Administrative Records, Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846. Church Historian’s Press, 2016. Hardback. $59.95

Other titles by Richard Bennett

An Eye of Faith: Essays in Honor of Richard O. Cowan. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. $29.99

Far Away In the West: Reflections on the Mormon Pioneer Trail. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. $27.99

Mormons at the Missouri: Winter Quarters, 1846-1852. University of Oklahoma Press, 1987. Paperback.  Various used paperback and hardback copies, $12-$35

The Nauvoo Legion in Illinois: A History of the Mormon Militia 1841-1846. Arthur H. Clark Company, 2010. Hardback. $39.99

School of the Prophet: Joseph Smith Learns the First Principles, 1820-1830. Deseret Book Company, 2010. Reg. $21.99, SALE $3.99

We’ll Find the Place: The Mormon Exodus, 1846-1848. University of Oklahoma Press, 2009. Paperback. $21.95

Other titles by Jedediah Rogers

The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2014. Hardback. $49.95

Other titles by Matthew Godfrey

The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vols. 2, 3, 4. The Church Historian’s Press. Hardback. $54.95/ea

 

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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

We are excited to announce that James B. Allen, author of Still The Right Place: Utah’s Second Half-Century of Statehood, 1945-1995 (published by The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies), will be here Wednesday, August 23 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Still the Right Place deals with the last half of Utah’s first century of statehood. Each of its seven chapters covers the administration of one of the state’s governors, beginning at the end of World War II while Herbert B. Maw was governor and ending in 1995 during Mike Leavitt’s first term. Each chapter covers a variety of topics, including politics, economic development, education, law and order, the environment, health and medicine, and the way Utah responded to and was influenced by national events. Change is discussed against the background of the transformations taking place on the larger American stage. 

Much of the state’s economic well-being following World War II depended on employment provided by defense, federal government, and large firms with headquarters outside the state. During the next half-century, however, employment patterns changed: Manufacturing became more diverse, tourism became steadily more significant, Utah became home base for a number of major employers, and service-oriented industries boomed. Beginning in the 1970s, high-tech manufacturing became a kind of “Cinderella” industry for the state, and some Utah firms became world leaders.

As American attitudes toward the role of women changed, so did the attitudes of many Utahns. By the end of the century, women made up nearly 44 percent of the total workforce. Even though the Utah legislature rejected the Equal Rights Amendment, opportunities for women in the professions, and the general acceptance of gender equality, were as far along in Utah as in most other places.

In addition, the book includes three significant and extensive appendices. One considers Utah’s ethnic minorities and the quest for a more pluralistic society, another discusses Utah and the arts during this half-century, and the third deals with the state’s numerous religions.

“As Utahns of a certain age read Still the Right Place, they will experience a sense of nostalgia. Many of us lived through these years of extractive industries, heavy debt to the federal government, and emergence of high-tech and service firms. This and much more is found in Allen’s thoroughly-researched and well-written history of Utah during the last years of the twentieth century. Obtain a copy of Allen’s book, curl up in your favorite chair, and either relive these years or, if you are too young to remember, learn the fascinating stories of Utah’s recent past.”

—Thomas G. Alexander, author of Mormonism in Transition

James Allen began his professional career in the LDS Church Education System in 1954. He was a seminary teacher, seminary coordinator, Institute teacher, and Institute. In 1963 he became a member of the Church History faculty at Brigham Young University, and the following year he joined the History department. In 1972 he was appointed Assistant Church Historian, working with newly-appointed Church Historian, Leonard J. Arrington. For the next seven years, James spent half his time in that capacity and the other half at BYU. He returned full-time to BYU in 1979 and served as chairman of the History department from 1981 to 1987, when he was appointed to the Redd chair. He held this appointment until his retirement in 1992. Throughout his career, Professor Allen has authored, co-authored, and co-edited fourteen books and monographs, around ninety articles, mostly related to LDS Church History, and numerous book reviews

 

Still The Right Place: Utah’s Second Half-Century of Statehood, 1945-1995. The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2017. Hardback. 672pp. $37.95.

 

Other titles by James Allen

Men With a Mission, 1837-1841: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the British Isles. Deseret Book, 1992. Paperback. $23.99

Mormon History. University of Illinois Press, 2001. Paperback. $31.95

Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1997: An Indexed Bibliography. University of Illinois Press, 2000. Hardback. $103.00.

 

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EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR

A reminder that Carol Cornwall Madsen, author of Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (published by the University of Utah Press), will be here TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 19 to speak about and sign copies of her book. She will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Emmeline B. Wells was the most noted Utah Mormon woman of her time. Lauded nationally for her energetic support of the women’s rights movement of the nineteenth century, she was a self-made woman who channeled her lifelong sense of destiny into ambitious altruism. Her public acclaim and activism belied the introspective, self-appraising, and emotional persona she expressed in the pages of her forty-seven extant diaries. Yet she wrote, “I have risen triumphant,” after reconciling herself to the heartaches of plural marriage, and she pursued a self-directed life in earnest.

This new biography tells the story of the private Emmeline. The unusual circumstances of her marriages, the complicated lives of her five daughters, losses and disappointments interspersed with bright moments and achievements, all engendered the idea that her life was a romance, with all the mysterious, tragic, and sentimental elements of that genre. Her responses to that perception made it so. This volume, drawing heavily on Emmeline Wells’s own words, tells the complicated story of a woman of ambition, strength, tenderness, and faith.

“Carol Madsen, having previously dealt with Emmeline Wells’ public life, now ably explores her interior landscape, tracing the contrast between her public triumph and her private pain, from her ‘wild and fanciful’ youth to her unexpected humiliations. Wells’ excellent record-keeping habit enables the rich detail of her story. This extended and sympathetic inner biography of the best known Mormon woman of her time is told largely in her own words, linked by Madsen’s steady and judicious narrative.”
—Claudia L. Bushman, author of Contemporary Mormonism

Carol Cornwall Madsen is professor emeritus of history at Brigham Young University, a past president of the Mormon History Association, and former vice-chair of the Board of Utah State History. She is an award-winning author and her books include The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History and A Woman’s Advocate, The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870–1920, which won three best book awards.

 

Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History. University of Utah Press, 2017. 548pp. Hardback. $49.95

 

Other titles by Carol Cornwall Madsen

The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History. Church Historian’s Press, 2016. Hardback. $49.95 

A Woman’s Advocate, The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870–1920. BYU Press & Deseret Book, 2006. Hardback. $29.95

Journey to Zion: Voices from the Mormon Trail. Deseret Book, 2007. Hardback. Reg. $25.95, SALE $9.99 (used copies–limited quantity)

 

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