Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

for many times you have desired of me to know  that which would be of the most worth unto  you.
2 Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and  for speaking my words which I have given un to you according to my commandments.
3 And now behold I say unto you, that the  thing which will be of the most worth unto  you, will be to declare repentance unto this  people, that you may bring souls unto me,  that you may rest with them in the kingdom  of my Father: Amen.

Revelation, June 1829–E [D&C 17]

Revelation given to Oliver Cowdery, David  Whitmer and Martin Harris, June, 1829,  given previous to their viewing the plates  containing the book of Mormon.
1 Behold I say unto you, that you must re ly upon my word, which if you do, with full  purpose of heart, you shall have a view of the  plates, and also of the breastplate, the sword  of Laban, the Urim and Thummim, which  were given to the brother of Jared upon the  mount, when he talked with the Lord face to  face, and the miraculous directors which were  given to Lehi while in the wilderness, on the  borders of the Red Sea; and it is by your faith  that you shall obtain a view of them, even by  that faith which was had by the prophets of  old.
2 And after that you have obtained faith, [p. 254]
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.