Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

any time, have I declared from my own mouth  that they should return, for where I am they  cannot come, for they have no power; but re member that all my judgments are not given  unto men: and as the words have gone forth  out of my mouth, even so shall they be fulfilled,  that the first shall be last, and that the last shall  be first in all things, whatsoever I have created  by the word of my power, which is the power  of my spirit: for by the power of my Spirit,  created I them: yea, all things both spiritual  and temporal: firstly spiritual, secondly tem poral, which is the beginning of my work: and  again, firstly temporal, and secondly spiritual,  which is the last of my work: speaking unto  you that you may naturally understand, but  unto myself my works have no end, neither  beginning; but it is given unto you that ye  may understand, because ye have asked it of  me and are agreed.
9 Wherefore, verily I say unto you, that all  things unto me are spiritual, and not at any  time have I given unto you a law which was  temporal, neither any man, or the children of  men: neither Adam your father, whom I cre ated: behold I gave unto him that he should be  an agent unto himself; and I gave unto him  commandment, but no temporal commandment  gave I unto him; for my commandments are  spiritual; they are not natural, nor temporal,  neither carnal nor sensual.
10 And it came to pass, that Adam being  tempted of the devil, for behold the devil was  before Adam, for he rebelled against me, say ing, Give me thine honor, which is my power: [p. 156]
The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God. By Joseph Smith, President of Said Church. 2nd ed. Nauvoo, IL: John Taylor, 1844; 3–448; includes typeset signature marks and copyright notice. The copy presented herein is held at CHL; includes marginalia and archival markings.
All but the final gathering of this book was printed in octodecimo format on thirteen sheets that were cut and folded into thirteen gatherings of eighteen leaves (thirty-six pages) each. The final gathering comprises eight leaves (sixteen pages). The text block measures 5⅞ × 3⅝ inches (15 × 9 cm).
The copy of the book presented herein is in a presentation binding of red sheepskin with gilt edges. The volume measures 6 × 3⅞ × 1 inches (15 × 10 × 3 cm). The spine is stamped with gilt ornamental panels and “Doctrine | and | Covenants” and “J. Glenn.” in gilt. The front and back pastedowns, the front flyleaf, and the back flyleaf are single-sided marbled leaves featuring a shell pattern with brown body and veins of red and white. In this copy, the first leaf of the first gathering, which is blank in other extant copies, is missing. The verso of the front flyleaf has two inscriptions, the first in graphite and the second in ink: “RN 69025 | Vault | Book Area | M223.1 | D632 | 1844” and “Jane Glenn | from her friend | Leonora Taylor | Nauvoo Oct 27th | 1844”. The handwriting of the first inscription is unknown; Leonora Taylor inscribed the second.
As the aforementioned ink inscription indicates, Leonora Taylor, wife of early church leader and printer John Taylor, presented this book to Jane Glenn. The book came into the possession of the Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints circa 1983.