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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)

 

Shipping: $4.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional (USPS)–Priority/FedEx/UPS options available–inquire for details.

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A reminder that Terryl Givens will be here next Wednesday (July 12) to speak about Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis. He was interviewed this week by KSL’s Doug Wright for his program “Everyday Lives, Everyday Values.”  It will air on Sunday, July 9 at 9 AM MST on KSL Radio (1160 AM/102.7 FM along the Wasatch Front).  To listen live, visit here–it will also be available as a podcast here.

Terryl was interviewed this week by KSL’s Doug Wright for his program “Everyday Lives, Everyday Values.”  It will air on Sunday, July 9 at 9 AM MST on KSL Radio (1160 AM/102.7 FM along the Wasatch Front).  To listen live, visit here–it will also be available as a podcast here.

EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR

We are excited to announce that Carol Cornwall Madsen, author of Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (published by the University of Utah Press), will be here 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)

 

Shipping: $4.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional (USPS)–Priority/FedEx/UPS options available–inquire for details.

Utah residents–add 7.05% sales tax

EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR

We are very excited to announce that Terryl Givens, author of Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis (published by Oxford University Press), will be here Wednesday, July 12 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.

Feeding the Flock, the second volume of Terryl L. Givens’s landmark study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, traces the essential contours of Mormon practice as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present. Despite the stigmatizing fascination with its social innovations (polygamy, communalism), its stark supernaturalism (angels, gold plates, and seer stones), and its most esoteric aspects (a New World Garden of Eden, sacred undergarments), as well as its long-standing outlier status among American Protestants, Givens reminds us that Mormonism remains the most enduring–and thriving–product of the nineteenth-century’s religious upheavals and innovations. Because Mormonism is founded on a radically unconventional cosmology, based on unusual doctrines of human nature, deity, and soteriology, a history of its development cannot use conventional theological categories. Givens has structured these volumes in a way that recognizes the implicit logic of Mormon thought. The first book, Wrestling the Angel, centered on the theoretical foundations of Mormon thought and doctrine regarding God, humans, and salvation. Feeding the Flock considers Mormon practice, the authority of the institution of the church and its priesthood, forms of worship, and the function and nature of spiritual gifts in the church’s history, revealing that Mormonism is still a tradition very much in the process of formation.

“Givens is to be commended not only for producing the first major systematic overview of Mormon theology, but also for taking a historically informed, comparative approach that both Latter-day Saints and scholars of religion will find highly illuminating.”

–Ann Taves, author of Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Terryl L. Givens did graduate work at Cornell University in intellectual history and at UNC Chapel Hill, where he received his PhD in comparative literature. He holds the Jabez A. Bostwick Chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond, where he teaches courses in nineteenth-century studies and the Bible’s influence on Western literature. His writing has been praised by the New York Times as “provocative reading.”

 

Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis. Oxford University Press, 2017. 416pp. Hardback. $34.95

 

Other titles by Terryl Givens

The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith by Terryl and Fiona Givens. Deseret Book, 2014. 168pp. Hardback. $19.99.

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Deseret Book, 2012. 148pp. Hardback. $19.99

Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity by Terryl Givens.  Oxford University Press, 2014. 424pp. Hardback. $36.95

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. 499pp. Hardback. $36.95

The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States (with Reid Neilson). Columbia University Press, 2014. 455pp. Hardback. $80.00

Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries. Oxford University Press, 2008. 284pp. 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. 320pp. Paperback. $19.95

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2009. 140pp. Paperback. $11.95

When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought. Oxford University Press, 2009. 388pp. Paperback. $28.95

The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (updated ed.). Oxford University Press, 2013. 228pp. Paperback. $28.95

People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture. Oxford University Press, 2007. Paperback–$28.95/Hardback–$33.95

 

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After a fairly slow start to the year for new books, we now have more frequent newcomers. Make sure to check out our forthcoming page (www.benchmarkbooks.com/forthcoming-books) to see what’s just around the bend.

NEW BOOKS

Givens, Terryl L. Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Practice–Sacraments, Authority, Gifts, Worship. Oxford University Press, 2017. 416pp. $34.95. Feeding the Flock, the second volume of Terryl L. Givens’s landmark study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, traces the essential contours of Mormon practice as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present. Despite the stigmatizing fascination with its social innovations (polygamy, communalism), its stark supernaturalism (angels, gold plates, and seer stones), and its most esoteric aspects (a New World Garden of Eden, sacred undergarments), as well as its long-standing outlier status among American Protestants, Givens reminds us that Mormonism remains the most enduring–and thriving–product of the nineteenth-century’s religious upheavals and innovations. Because Mormonism is founded on a radically unconventional cosmology, based on unusual doctrines of human nature, deity, and soteriology, a history of its development cannot use conventional theological categories. Givens has structured these volumes in a way that recognizes the implicit logic of Mormon thought. The first book, Wrestling the Angel, centered on the theoretical foundations of Mormon thought and doctrine regarding God, humans, and salvation. Feeding the Flock considers Mormon practice, the authority of the institution of the church and its priesthood, forms of worship, and the function and nature of spiritual gifts in the church’s history, revealing that Mormonism is still a tradition very much in the process of formation.

“Givens is to be commended not only for producing the first major systematic overview of Mormon theology, but also for taking a historically informed, comparative approach that both Latter-day Saints and scholars of religion will find highly illuminating.”

–Ann Taves, author of Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Turley, Richard E., Jr., Janiece Johnson and LaJean Carruth (eds.). Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers (2 vols.). University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. 1056 pp. Hardback. $130.00/set. The editors of this two-volume collection combed public and private manuscript collections across the United States to reconstruct the complex legal proceedings that occurred in the massacre’s aftermath. The documents they unearthed, transcribed and presented here, cover a nearly forty-year history of investigation and prosecution—from the first reports of the massacre in 1857 to the dismissal of the last indictment against a perpetrator in 1896. Volume 1 tells the first half of the story: the records of the investigations into the massacre and transcriptions of all nine indictments, eight of which never resulted in a trial conviction. Volume 2 details the legal proceedings against the one man indicted to go to trial, John D. Lee. Lee’s trials led to his confession and conviction, and ultimately to his execution on the massacre site in 1877, all documented in Volume 2. **reminder—the editors will be here on June 14 for a sigining**

“Richard E. Turley, Janiece L. Johnson, and LaJean Purcell Carruth have done a great service in offering the Mountain Meadows Massacre papers to the general public. The editors present the documents with an even hand, and the introductions carefully analyze each source.”

—Thomas G. Alexander, author of Brigham Young, The Quorum of the Twelve, and the Latter-day Saint Investigation of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

Anderson, J. Seth. LGBT Salt Lake. Arcadia Publishing, 2017. 95pp. Paperback. $22.99. Salt Lake City, located along Utah’s majestic Wasatch Mountains, has historically been a cradle of peculiar people. Before Western culture developed terms for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) identities, diverse communities who recognized their differences from mainstream America made Salt Lake their home. By the early 1970s, a discernible “gay community” had emerged in Salt Lake City, laying the groundwork for future activism and institutions. In the 1970s, publications like Gayzette, the Salt Lick, and the Open Door documented the nascent movement. In the 1980s, amidst devastation from the HIV/AIDS epidemic, marginalized communities valiantly worked to fight the disease and support each other. By the 1990s, LGBT Utahns had gained traction legally and politically with the formation of the first gay straight alliance at East High School and the election of the first openly gay person to the Utah legislature in 1998. The transgender community became more visible in the new century, and by 2008, Utah began to play a prominent role in the battle over marriage equality.

Hammer, David (comp.). The Pamphlets of Orson Pratt: The Complete Collection. Eborn Books, 2017. 722pp. $24.99. The Complete Collection of Elder Orson Pratt’s pamphlets. All together in one thick 700+ page volume, with an Index. Each pamphlet is complete and unabridged, and has the original page numbers in brackets. Contains the following pamphlets: An Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, The 1945 and 1946 Prophetic Almanacs, Divine Authority, or the Question, “Was Joseph Smith Sent of God?”, The Kingdom of God, Reply to a Pamphlet Entitled “Remarks on Mormonism”, Absurdities of Immaterialism, New Jerusalem, Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, Great First Cause, The Equality and Oneness of the Saints, True Faith, True Repentance, Water Baptism, The Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Necessity for Miracles, Universal Apostasy, or the Seventeen Centuries of Darkness, Latter-day Kingdom, or the Preparations for the Second Advent, Celestial Marriage, The Bible and Polygamy—Does the Bible Sanction Polygamy?, How to Live Acceptably.

D&C 4 – A Lifetime of Study in Discipleship. Eborn Books, 2017. 278pp. Hardback. $24.95. Section 4 of the Doctrine and Covenants is a remarkable revelation that imparts a great deal of wisdom and divine light with tremendous economy. While traditionally viewed as a revelation on missionary service, the principles seated deep within the text and sub-texts of section 4 have application to all aspects of Christ-centered service. The collected voices presented in this book have deep-seated desires to see the work of the Lord move forward. Regarding this small 7-verse section of the Doctrine and Covenants President Joseph F. Smith stated that it “contains sufficient counsel and instruction for a lifetime of study…It is as broad, as high and as deep as eternity.” Royalties on the sale of these books will be donated to the General Missionary Fund of the Church.

 

John, Jeremiah and Joseph M. Spencer, eds. Embracing the Law: Reading Doctrine and Covenants 42. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017. 140pp. Paperback. $15.95. According to Joseph Smith, Doctrine and Covenants 42 “embraces the law of the church.” In this collection of essays, six scholars probe the significance of this revelation, especially the significance of its status as “law.” In what ways is D&C 42—especially the law of consecration—binding for Latter-day Saints today? These wide-ranging essays argue that the law remains in force, but in many different ways.

“In these conference proceedings stands the hope of a new kind of Mormon theology, one that brings women and men, academics and independents, philosophers and students of literature into the conversation about the meanings of faith and scripture. These essays are united by their firm commitment to the power of scripture and the possibility that holy writ may be rather more than it first appears.” –Samuel M. Brown, author of In Heaven as It Is on Earth

Restoration Scriptures

The Restoration Scriptures—as described in the official announcement—“are divided into three volumes that have been produced through a unified effort by two independent bodies of volunteers, separately driven to approach the scriptures anew. Initially the members of these two groups felt individually inspired to revisit the scriptures in an effort to prune away some of the uninspired alterations of man so that they might have a more correct version of scripture for their study. Over time, these individuals were led to one another, combining and harmonizing their efforts. What began as two wholly separate groups, each forming at the same time, both unknown to one another, resulted in separate projects that were completed at the same time, and what was learned from their independent efforts identified issues that needed to be addressed. . . . less than 2 weeks after discovering each other, these two groups held a meeting, facilitated by Denver Snuffer, and determined to unify their efforts, each bringing to the table differing components for a greater outcome than either project possessed alone. On the first day of the new year, the two became one as work began, preparing what would become this Restoration Edition of the scriptures.” The Old and New Testament incorporate the JST changes, the Book of Mormon draws on the 1840 edition (the last to be published under Joseph Smith’s supervision) and the Doctrine and Covenants/Pearls of Great Price revises some existing content and adds new material (including some revelations to Denver Snuffer). All versification has been removed and chapter numbering has also been revised.

Old Testament: Restoration Edition. Chris Hamill, 2017. 819pp. Paperback. $21.95

New Testament/Book of Mormon: Restoration Edition. Chris Hamill, 2017. 657pp. Paperback. $23.99

Doctrine & Covenants/Pearls of Great Price: Restoration Edition. Chris Hamill, 2017. 355pp. Paperback. $13.99

Mormon History Association Award Winners

The following books received awards at the recent Mormon History Association conference. We have all these award-winners available—come see what all the buzz is about!

limited quantities on some titles

Best Book: Simpson, Thomas W. American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1876-1940. University of North Carolina Press. Paperback, $29.95/Hardback, $85.00 (special order)

Best Biography: Prince, Stephen L. Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender. Utah State University Press. Paperback, $19.95 (arriving Wed)/Hardback, $29.95 (technically out of print, limited quantities remain)

Best Book International Mormonism:  Takagi,  Shinji. The Trek East: Mormonism Meets Japan, 1901-1968. Greg Kofford Books. Paperback, $39.95/Hardback, $69.95

Best Memoir / Personal History: Bate, Kerry William. The Women: A Family Story. University of Utah Press. Hardback. $39.95

Best Article: Hendrix-Komoto, Amanda. “Mahana, You Naked! Modesty, Sexuality, and Race in the Mormon Pacific.” In Out of Obscurity: Mormonism Since 1945. Oxford University Press. Paperback, $35.00/Hardback, $99.00 (special order)

Article of Excellence:  Turley Jr. Richard E. and Jeffrey G. Cannon. “A Faithful Band: Moses Mahlangu and the First Soweto Saints.” BYU Studies Quarterly 55, no. 1. Paperback. $9.95

Best International Article:  Rutherford, Taunalyn. “The Internationalization of Mormonism: Indications from India.” In Out of Obscurity: Mormonism since 1945. Oxford University Press. Paperback, $35.00/Hardback, $99.00 (special order)

Best Women’s History Article: Newell, Quincy. “What Jane James Saw.” In Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century. University of Utah Press. Paperback. $32.99

SALE BOOKS

Lyman, Albert R. [Ed. by Melvin A. Lyman]. Francis Marion Lyman, 1840-1916, Apostle 1880-1916. Melvin A. Lyman, 1958. Hardback. As new condition. Reg. $60.00, SALE $9.99.  Francis Marion Lyman was born in Walnut Grove Township, McDonough County, Illinois, in January 1840, the son of Amasa Mason Lyman. His parents, after escaping from mobs persecuting the Mormons in Missouri, were staying there with friends. The family later lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, and migrated to Utah with the Mormon pioneers in 1848. He was called as an apostle in 1880. At the time of his death in 1916, he was serving as president of the Council of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This biography—written by a nephew—quotes from Lyman’s journals, now restricted.

 

Bush, Lester E. Health and Medicine Among the Latter-day Saints: Science, Sense, and Scripture. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1993. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $9.99. One of a dozen in a series which “explores the ways in which major religions relate to the questions of human well-being.”  Some of the other volumes have treated health and medicine in the context of the Lutheran, Catholic, Christian Science, Hindu, and Islamic faiths. Aimed mainly at professional care givers, the books also give lay people a new view of their religious traditions by analyzing a crucial aspect of their belief and practice. Each volume is organized around ten themes, including death, suffering, healing, madness, sexuality, morality, and dignity, although Bush has packaged the themes in a unique way to present the Mormon case with clarity.

Gibbons, Francis M. George Albert Smith: Kind and Caring Christian, Prophet of God. Deseret Book Company, 1990. Hardback. As new condition. Reg. $15.00, SALE $7.99. In George Albert Smith; Kind and Caring Christian, Prophet of God, author Francis M. Gibbons presents a thorough and penetrating portrait of this great leader. He brings to life George Albert Smith’s childhood in the heart of Salt Lake City; his service in the Southern States Mission; his work as president of the European Mission and as an Apostle; his struggles with poor health; his love of family and friends; his Christian service to countless people from all walks of life; his love of historical trails and commemorative markers and monuments; and his compassionate ministry to all the world as president of the Church.

 

 

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EVENING WITH THE EDITORS

We are excited to announce that Richard E. Turley Jr., Janiece Johnson and LaJean Carruth, editors of Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers, 2 vols. (published by the University of Oklahoma Press) will be here Wednesday, June 14, 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.

On September 11, 1857, a group of Mormons aided by Paiute Indians brutally murdered some 120 men, women, and children traveling through a remote region of southwestern Utah. Within weeks, news of the atrocity spread across the United States. But it took until 1874—seventeen years later—before a grand jury finally issued indictments against nine of the perpetrators. Mountain Meadows Massacre chronicles the prolonged legal battle to gain justice for the victims.

The editors of this two-volume collection combed public and private manuscript collections across the United States to reconstruct the complex legal proceedings that occurred in the massacre’s aftermath. The documents they unearthed, transcribed and presented here, cover a nearly forty-year history of investigation and prosecution—from the first reports of the massacre in 1857 to the dismissal of the last indictment against a perpetrator in 1896. Volume 1 tells the first half of the story: the records of the investigations into the massacre and transcriptions of all nine indictments, eight of which never resulted in a trial conviction. Volume 2 details the legal proceedings against the one man indicted to go to trial, John D. Lee. Lee’s trials led to his confession and conviction, and ultimately to his execution on the massacre site in 1877, all documented in Volume 2.

“Richard E. Turley, Janiece L. Johnson, and LaJean Purcell Carruth have done a great service in offering the Mountain Meadows Massacre papers to the general public. The editors present the documents with an even hand, and the introductions carefully analyze each source.”

—Thomas G. Alexanderauthor of Brigham Young, The Quorum of the Twelve, and the Latter-day Saint Investigation of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

Richard E. Turley Jr. is Assistant Church Historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Books he has authored, coauthored, or edited include Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann CaseMassacre at Mountain Meadows: An American Tragedy, and Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collections.

Janiece L. Johnson is Visiting Professor of Religion at Brigham Young University, Idaho. She is the author of “Give It All Up and Follow Your Lord”: Mormon Female Religiosity and co-editor of The Witness of Women: Firsthand Experiences and Testimonies from the Restoration.

LaJean Purcell Carruth is a historian for the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a transcriber of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century documents written in Pitman, Taylor, and Pernin shorthands.

 

Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers (2 vols.). University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. 1056 pp. $130/set.

 

Other titles by Richard Turley

Massacre at Mountain Meadows. Oxford University Press, 2008. Hardback. signed by all three authors (1st printing), $29.99/signed by all three editors (2nd printing), reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99/paperback, $17.95

Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collection. BYU Studies, 2009. Reg. $44.95, SALE $26.99 (limited quantities)

Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case. University of Illinois Press, 1992. Hardback. Reg. $27.95, SALE $19.99

How We Got the Book of Mormon. Deseret Book, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $34.99, SALE $27.99

How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants. Deseret Book, 2012. Hardback. $34.99

Other titles by Janiece Johnson

“Give It All Up and Follow Your Lord”: Mormon Female Religiosity. BYU Studies, 2008. Paperback. $19.95

The Witness of Women: Firsthand Experiences and Testimonies from the Restoration. Deseret Book, 2016. Paperback. $18.99

 

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Beginning June 3, 2017, Saturday hours will change to 10 AM-3 PM.

Also, we will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause–thanks for your continued business!

A reminder that Brent Rogers, Elizabeth Kuehn, Christian Heimburger and Max Parkin (Alexander Baugh and Steven Harper will be not able to attend but will sign books beforehand), editors of The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 5, October 1835-January 1838 (published by the Church Historian’s Press) will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, May 17, 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.

We attended a release event for the book today at the Church History Library and share here some things we learned (click on any photo for larger version).

Brent Rogers, lead editor for the volume, was the first to speak.  He noted that the 28-month period covered in the volume is a complex and trying time for Mormons and Joseph Smith. More than any other volume, this fifth Documents volume highlights the role of women (see Elizabeth Kuehn’s comments below). The first document he showed was a broadside of the dedication prayer for the Kirtland Temple. The months leading up to the dedication were a time of great spiritual experiences, blessings and ritual.

 
(broadside of the dedicatory
prayer of the Kirtland Temple)

Next, he showed the plat of Kirtland. As time went on, the concept of Kirtland as a gathering place developed. The 1837 plat drew on the Zion idea that leaders had attempted to implement in Missouri. Looking back, we often think of Kirtland as a place that would be abandoned in 1838 but it continued to be a stronghold for several years beyond that.

(plat of Kirtland City, 1837) 

Elizabeth Kuehn, working on her first volume, then discussed the importance of women in this volume. Though more women are highlighted herein than in any previous volume, she cautioned that this still represents only a fraction of those who were there. She discussed two letters from Emma to Joseph (unfortunately, only copies in a letterbook rather than the originals) that point up the growing dissent in Kirtland, much of it on economic grounds. Women were stockholders in the Kirtland Safety Society and also were involved in other financial transactions.

(letterbook showing letters between Emma and Joseph)

She noted the scarcity of documents during this period—no personal journal, no high council minutes and so on. For example, there is no contemporary record that elucidates the motives of leaders in wanting to create a bank. Looking back, this episode is ripe for misunderstanding and exaggeration. In the absence of primary sources, contextual examination shows that the endeavor was not as crazy or outlandish as it might seem today. She noted that a host of factors were responsible for the downfall of the experiment and it is unfair to blame it as a primary cause for the conflict in Kirtland. Rather, it should be seen as a catalyst that brought out underlying tensions.

(full set of Kirtland Safety Society banknotes) 

Finally, Christian Heimburger–another first-time editor–focused on two letters, one printed in the Messenger and Advocate and one copied into Joseph Smith’s journal. At a meeting of the debate school in Kirtland, a scuffle broke out between William and Joseph Smith that left Joseph unable to sit down or get up without help. The letters deal with this conflict which lingered and cast a shadow over Joseph Smith for some time. It is helpful to remember that Joseph is 29 and William just 24 at the time of this event. The letters show Joseph as caring for his brother’s salvation but also concerned about the results of William’s anger and dissent.

 (Joseph Smith journal, during William Smith episode)

Another prominent theme in this volume is the ongoing debate about slavery. A lecture on abolition in Kirtland seems to have brought the idea to the forefront. Abolitionist societies were as popular in Ohio as anywhere in the country—Oberlin College particularly was a hotbed for anti-slavery sentiments. An 1836 letter written by Joseph Smith and published in the Messenger and Advocate distances Mormons from their ideas. While we see abolitionists as heroes today, their ideas and tactics were viewed by most as radical at the time. Most Northerners disapproved of slavery in the southern states but did not support the methods of abolitionist leaders, seeing the potential for riots in the North.

 
(letter from Joseph Smith to Oliver Cowdery regarding abolition)

Matt Grow, director of publications, then gave a short overview of the publishing history of the project. The Documents series is planned to include 15 volumes and the project is about 60% complete overall. Documents vol. 6 is slated for a fall release. Spring 2018 will see Documents vol. 7, fall will be a volume in the Revelations and Translations series covering the Book of Abraham/Egyptian grammar and alphabet. 2019 will see Documents, vols. 8 and 9. The website includes many more peripheral documents (and other copies of those included) than are contained in the print volumes.

A question about updating curriculum to point to the Joseph Smith Papers. Matt mentioned the publishing cycles and noted that they are making efforts every time something comes up for publishing again to update sources and content.

A question about D&C 112—why would you sent trusted leaders away at this time (beginnings of British mission)? Elizabeth noted that there were preparations underway already with efforts in Canada to expand the scope of missionary work. In the volume, they contextualized the revelation as a larger effort to combat dissent also, rather than a pointed rebuke to Thomas Marsh.

A question on women’s voices in this volume—in the process of creating the book, were they “foundational” or “decorative”? Elizabeth noted that, for her, these were part of her work from the beginning. She noted how Mark Staker used the letters she mentioned earlier in Hearken, O Ye People but they tried to mine them further for the emotional element, particularly since they have so little from Joseph Smith personally during this period. Brent noted the selection of the land deed to Caroline Smith included in the volume—they could have chosen another example but selected this particular one because it is unusual and highlights the involvement of women in land transactions in Ohio at that time.

A question on methodology—the series in the Joseph Smith Papers (Journals, Revelations and Translations, Histories, etc.) artificially separates items into categories. How do you make sure you don’t miss something when you are annotating? Riley Lorimer noted that the Journals series, having been published previously, is a good source. Brent described how they consult with other project team members to see what they might have to help give context.

A question on Mormon use of the volumes—how is this material relevant to current concerns? Riley noted the possibility of using stories from the Documents volumes in lessons and talks. Today (and in other venues) Elizabeth has discussed in dissent in Kirtland using Vilate Kimball’s perspective from the time—a very relevant topic for today. Matt talked briefly about audience—in the early days of the project, the core audience was seen as scholars. However, they realize that the majority of readers and visitors to the website are not scholars but just average Mormons without a strong background in history so they have tried to make the project appealing to them as well.

A question on how the Joseph Smith Papers will impact Mormon and American religious historiography? Elizabeth mentioned her research into the Kirtland Safety Society and looking at stock trends and other research questions that don’t fit into documentary editing. Christian voiced a hope that scholars of American history will use some of these texts as a lens through which to see larger concerns (race, panic of 1837, etc.). Matt identified a study of religious dissent in antebellum America as another good opportunity.

A question on the final months in Kirtland before Joseph Smith leaves—what corrections will your research make to the narrative of this period? Elizabeth noted the acquisition of the Oliver Granger papers four years ago that shed light on his role in alleviating Joseph Smith’s debts. While he did not pay them all, these and other sources show honest efforts (until his death) to resolve these financial concerns.

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

Best regards,
Curt Bench
Owner

 

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Jenson, Andrew. Historical Record, Vols. 5-9. Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson, 1886-1889. First edition. Flake-Draper 4402. Volumes 5,6,7,8,9 bound in black cloth; marbled endsheets; official stamping on spine. Signed and dated by Andrew Jenson on verso of front endsheet; private library of Frederick Pack stamp on title page; some minor scattered marking; rear hinge is cracking.  Cloth. Condition: Very good.  Jenson was tireless in his collecting and compiling of Mormon history on both the macro and micro level. This collection (the first four volumes were in Danish), issued as a monthly periodical, was intended to serve as a “work of reference on Church history, covering the entire period from the Prophet Joseph Smith’s birth to the present time.” However, he eventually “deviate[d] somewhat from the original plan, and enter[ed] more deeply and minutely into matters pertaining to early Church history, which seemed to be of special interest to a majority of readers.” Complete sets of the English versions don’t often turn up, particularly signed by Jenson. Previous owner Frederick James Pack (1875-1938) was the son of John Pack (in whose home the University of Deseret began)—he followed in his footsteps, teaching more than 30 years at the University of Utah in the geology department. In addition, he wrote articles and a book on Word of Wisdom topics, a subject dear to the heart of his wife’s uncle, Heber J. Grant.

$425 SOLD

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

$750 SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

$950

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

$900 SOLD

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

$750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

$1000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

$500

 

 

 

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

$300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

$150

 

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

$600

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

$350

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

$250

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

$150

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

$100 SOLD

 

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

$250

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

$135

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

$500

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

$500

 

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

$900

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

$650

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

$250

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

$300

Taylor, John. Mediation and Atonement: An Examination into and an Elucidation of the Great Principle. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1892. 2nd ed. Flake-Draper 8834. 205pp. Cloth. Stain on rear cover; top edge rubbed at corners and head of spine with a small tear to cloth along top edge; name inside; top corner of page 203 torn. Very good. Taylor’s analysis of the atonement is largely a combination of references from both the Bible and restoration scripture (a point made on the title page). It was overseen by a committee of church leaders as seen from Franklin D. Richards journal:

met with Presidency W[ilford]. W[oodruff]., L[orenzo]. S[now]., F[rancis]. M. L[yman]., & J[ohn]. H[enry]. S[mith]. & heard Geo[rge]. Reynolds read chapters 8, 9, & 10 of President [John] Taylors work on Atonement

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

$150

Tullidge, Edward W. Life of Brigham Young; or, Utah and Her Founders. New York: 1877. Second edition. 458 pp. + 108 pp. (supplement). Flake-Draper 9042. Covers faded and worn and stained. Cloth at head and foot of spine and along top and bottom edges of the covers is frayed; corners bumped and worn; minor moisture staining and some rippling to pages; front and rear hinges cracked. Hardcover. Good.  Edward Wheelock Tullidge (1829-1894), a British convert, was a prime example of having “all your bases covered.” After arriving in Utah in 1861, his dreams of becoming a literary star went unfulfilled and he joined the ranks of the disillusioned Godbeites (after a near-conversion by RLDS missionaries). After a falling out with them, he returned—at least to some degree—to fellowship in Utah.  However, in 1879 he was baptized into the RLDS Church. Of this second edition, Tullidge noted “This second edition is issued to meet a rapidly increasing demand, which promises to make my book one of the most popular publications of the day. It will be observed that several corrections have been made in the body of the work, and that to the Supplement have been added sketches of Hon. John W. Young, Apostle Brigham Young, Jr., Hon. Joseph A. Young, Joseph W. Young; the brothers of President Young — John, Joseph, Phineas and Lorenzo ; also sketches of the late Apostle Willard Richards, and others.” Like many first editions of Tullidge’s works, this was copy was read and enjoyed.

$200

Tullidge, Edward. Life of Joseph the Prophet. Plano, IL: Board of Publications for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1880. 2nd ed. Flake-Draper 9044. 827pp. Cloth. Covers have minor soiling and moderate rubbing especially along the edges and corners; Sunned spine as well as wear and fraying to the cloth at the head and foot of spine; minor cracking to front hinge; a few pages with minor soiling. Near very good. Of the second edition (published by the RLDS printing arm), Ronald Walker said:

The second edition which appeared in 1880 proclaimed its new allegiance by periodically denouncing Mormon polygamy and theocracy as dreadful, its priesthood as selfish, and Brigham Young as an untruthful usurper. But where possible the original publishing plates were used and clearly too much of the original edition remained to please many “Josephites.”

He had earlier planned on writing a 15,000 line poetic biography of Joseph Smith but only some excerpts were published in the Millennial Star.

$350

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

$225 SOLD

EVENING WITH THE EDITORS

We are excited to announce that Brent Rogers, Elizabeth Kuehn, Christian Heimburger, Max Parkin, Alexander Baugh and Steven Harper, editors of The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 5, October 1835-January 1838 (published by the Church Historian’s Press) will be here Wednesday, May 17, 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.

This latest volume in the Documents series covers nearly two and a half years of Latter-day Saint history as it documents some of the highest and lowest points of Joseph Smith’s life. The fall and winter of 1835-1836 saw a flurry of activity to finish the House of the Lord in Kirtland as well as Joseph Smith’s work to unify the priesthood quorums. In March 1836, the Saints dedicated the new temple to God and experienced tremendous outpourings of His Spirit, many of which are documented here. The story of the next twenty-two months is one of financial hardship and challenges to the Prophet’s leadership. The establishment and failure of the Kirtland Safety Society Bank loom large. The volume ends with Joseph Smith, fearful for his life, departing Kirtland to move his family to Missouri.

Brent M. Rogers is an associate managing historian for The Joseph Smith Papers and a member of the Church History Department Editorial Board. He received a BA with honors in history from San Diego State University, an MA in public history from California State University, Sacramento, and a PhD in nineteenth-century United States history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He previously served as a digital editor and research fellow for the Papers of William F. Cody and as an instructor in the history department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He has produced scholarship on digital history, history of the American West, and Mormon history.

Elizabeth A. Kuehn is a volume editor of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers. She 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.

Christian Heimburger is a volume editor of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers. He holds a BA in American studies from Brigham Young University and a PhD in modern American history from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He previously worked as an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University, as a visiting scholar at Brigham Young University, and as an author and consultant for the Colorado History Education Initiative. He has presented research at conferences of the American Historical Association, Western History Association, and Association for Asian American Studies.

Max H. Parkin is a volume editor of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers. He received a BS degree in business from the University of Utah, an MA from Brigham Young University in history and philosophy of religion, and a PhD from BYU in LDS church history and doctrine. Some of his writings include Conflict at Kirtland (1967), Sacred Places—Missouri, and a chapter in Restoration Movement. He served as a volunteer researcher in the Museum of Church History and Art, was a lecturer on Sea Trek 2001, and taught for the Church Educational System for fifty years, principally at the Institute of Religion at the University of Utah.

Alexander L. Baugh serves as a volume editor of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers. A professor of LDS church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, he 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.

Steven C. Harper is a historian for the Church History Department who serves as a volume editor for the Joseph Smith Papers. He taught LDS church history and doctrine at BYU from 2002 to 2012 and history and religion at BYU–Hawaii from 2000 to 2001. He earned his PhD in early American history from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Joseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts (2012) and Making Sense of the Doctrine and Covenants (2008).

 

The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 5, October 1835-January 1838, ed. by Brent Rogers, Elizabeth Kuehn, Christian Heimburger, Max Parkin, Alexander Baugh and Steven Harper. Church Historian’s Press, 2017. 768pp. Hardback. $54.95

 

Other title by Brent Rogers

Unpopular Sovereignty: Mormons and the Federal Management of Early Utah Territory. University of Nebraska Press, 2017. Paperback–$32.00/Hardback–$65.00

Other titles by Alexander Baugh

Banner of the Gospel, Wilford Woodruff. Religious Studies Center & Deseret Book, 2010. Hardback. $24.99

Conversations with Mormon Historians. RSC/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. $34.99

Tragedy and Truth: What Happened at Hawn’s Mill. Covenant, 2014. Hardback. $24.99 (Max Parkin is a contributor to this volume also)

Other titles by Steven Harper

Exploring the First Vision. RSC, 2012. Hardback. $25.99

Joseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts. Deseret Book, 2012. Hardback. $21.99

Making Sense of the Doctrine & Covenants: A Guided Tour Through the Modern Revelations. Deseret Book, 2008. Hardback. $35.95

Preserving the History of the Latter-day Saints. RSC/Deseret Book, 2010. Hardback. $21.99

Other Volumes in the Joseph Smith Papers

  1. Journals, Vol. 1 (1832-1839), $49.95 (2008)
  2. Revelations & Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books – Facsimile Ed., $99.95 (2009)

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

  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, $69.95 (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)

 

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Here are the new arrivals gracing our shelves lately. Over the next few months, we will see many more exciting publications. Check them out here.

NEW BOOKS

Johnston, Charlotte Cannon with Mary B. Johnston. Living the Principle: My Progenitors and Polygamy. Create Space, 2016. 287pp. Paperback. $19.99. Foreword by Claudia L. Bushman. In this candid, balanced account of the practice of plural marriage early in the history of the Mormon Church, Charlotte Cannon Johnston focuses on the lives of her four great-grandmothers (including the George Q. Cannon and Samuel Rose Parkinson families) and other women in her family who faced the challenges of plural marriage. She uses their lives as a springboard to discuss the reasons for and characteristics of polygamy for the fifty-some years it was practiced in the early Church and the repercussions of the practice that continue today.

 

 

Hales, Scott. The Garden of Enid: Adventures of A Weird Mormon Girl – Part 2. Greg Kofford Books, 2017. 169pp. Paperback. $22.95. Fifteen-year-old Enid Gardner is a self-proclaimed “weird Mormon girl.” When she isn’t chatting with Joseph Smith or the Book of Abraham mummy, she’s searching for herself between the spaces of doubt and belief. Along the way, she must grapple with her Mormon faith as it adapts to the twenty-first century. She also must confront the painful mysteries at the heart of her strained relationship with her ailing mother. The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl recasts the award-winning webcomic as a two-part graphic novel. With revised and previously unpublished comics, it features the familiar story that captivated thousands online, yet offers new glimpses into Enid’s year-long odyssey.

 

Griffiths, Casey Paul; Susan Easton Black, Mary Jane Woodger. What You Don’t Know About the 100 Most Important Events in Church History. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 320pp. Paperback. $22.95. BYU Church history professors Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, and May Jane Woodger have written engaging vignettes about Mormon history, ranging from familiar events, such as the First Vision, the trek west, and the origin of Primary, to not-so-familiar events, such as the retrenchment movement, the political manifesto, and the beginnings of seminaries and institutes.

 

 

 

Skousen, Royal. Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, 2nd Edition (6 vols.). BYU Studies, 2017. Hardback. $299.99. In this six-volume set, Skousen discusses every substantive change to words or phrases in the text as well as changes in the spelling for about a dozen Book of Mormon names. It also includes a brief discussion of every type of grammatical change that the text has undergone over the years. The changes in the second edition include:

  • 37 new write-ups (34 of these involve suggested changes to the text, nearly all of which have come from independent readers).
  • 8 additional substantive changes to the Book of Mormon text, besides the 606 substantive changes first published in 2009 by Yale University Press in The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text.
  • 60 earlier write-ups now thoroughly revised for the second edition.
  • 101 addenda items in the first edition now in their appropriate place so that everything reads correctly in a single sequence (there is no longer a need to consult any addenda for later corrections or revisions to previous analyses).

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