Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

they may come unto me and have everlasting  life.
2 Hearken, O ye people of my church, and  ye elders listen together, and hear my voice  while it is called to-day, and harden not your  hearts; for verily I say unto you that I am Al pha and Omega, the beginning and the end,  the light and the life of the world; a light that  shineth in darkness and the darkness compre hendeth it not: I came unto my own and my  own received me not; but unto as many as  received me gave I power to do miracles, and  to become the sons of God, and even unto  them that believed on my name, gave I power  to obtain eternal life. And even so I have  sent mine everlasting covenant into the world;  to be a light to the world, and to be a standard  for my people and for the Gentiles to seek to it;  and to be a messenger before my face to prepare  the way before me. Wherefore come ye unto  it, and with him that cometh I will reason as  with men in days of old, and I will show  unto you my strong reasoning; wherefore  hearken ye together and let me show it  unto you, even my wisdom, the wisdom  of him whom ye say is the God of Enoch,  and his brethren, who were separated from  the earth, and were received unto myself;  a city reserved until a day of righteous ness shall come; a day which was sought for  by all holy men, and they found it not because  of wickedness and abominations: and confess ed they were strangers and pilgrims on the  earth; but obtained a promise that they should  find it, and see it in their flesh. Wherefore [p. 180]
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.